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The DOS Performance Of The K6

Intel's Enemy No. 1: The AMD K6 CPU
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Today the DOS performance of a computer system is most likely the least important one. Hardly anybody is still using DOS for any business applications, but there are still several computer games, that mainly run under DOS. For me DOS is really nothing else than a gaming OS anymore and that's the reason why I'm only doing game benchmarks for DOS.

In this environment the K6 doesn't really look exactly good. Quake is not one of the K6's favorites and in other 3D applications under DOS it doesn't look well against the PPro at all.

DOS K6 233 K6 200 K6 166 Pentium MMX 200 Pentium Pro 200
Quake 1.06 Timedemo2 640x480 14.2 13.4 12.2 15.7 21.9
PC Player DOS 3D Benchmark 26.4 25.1 23.1 23.1 31
3DBench 250 250 200 166.6 333.3
Chris Dial's 3D Bench 38.4 35.3 31.7 40.7 49.6

I can only stress again, that I personally wouldn't give anything about the Quake issue, because there's a Monster 3D and GLQuake, which is faster and much nicer. However the K6 is compared to the Pentium Pro definitely the worse DOS gaming CPU.

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