The 486: An FPU And Multipliers Too
The 486 is emblematic of a certain generation who were first discovering computers. In fact, the very famous 486 DX2/66 was long considered the minimum configuration for gamers. This processor, released in 1989, ushered in several interesting new features, like an on-chip FPU, data cache, and the first clock multiplier. The former consisted of an x87 coprocessor built into the 486 DX (not SX) series. An 8 KB Level 1 cache was built into the processor (write-through type, then write-back with slightly better performance). There was also the possibility of a Level 2 cache on the motherboard (at the bus frequency).
The second generation of 486s had a CPU multiplier, since the processor operated faster than the FSB, with DX2 (2x multiplier) and DX4 (3x multiplier) versions. Another anecdote: the “487SX” sold as an FPU for the 486SX was actually a full 486DX that disabled and took the place of the first processor.
|Code name||P4, P24, P24C|
|Data bus||32 bits|
|Address bus||32 bits|
|Maximum memory||4096 MB|
|L1 cache||8 KB|
|L2 cache||Motherboard (FSB frequency)|
|Clock frequency||16-100 MHz|
|Fabrication process||1,000–800 nm|
|Number of transistors||1,185,000|
|Voltage||5 V–3.3 V|
|Die surface area||81 - 67 mm²|
The DX4 had a 16 KB cache and a few more transistors: 1.6 million. This processor, using a 600 nm process and measuring 76 mm², consumed less power than the original 486 (at a voltage of 3.3 V).
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great article with only a few slight errors (like saying the core2duo has 1-4 cores... i don't think there's a 1 cored version lol)Reply
Looking forward to the AMD article.
To correct you. Core 2 Duo has ONLY 2 cores, not more, not less.Reply
Core 2 Quad, has 4 cores and Core Solo has 1 core.
Yes there is a singal core,
Ok it is not under the same branding but it is part of the same microarchitecture
I might be wrong, but i resemble that the Pentium 166 (32bits adress bus and all) had support for 4Gb of memory. I remember IBM sold it's top line (at that time) with 64Mb support (even with SDR PC100/66 support). Correct me if i'm wrong please.Reply
The core 2 does supply 1-4 cores - 2 cores per die, where one might be disabled, and one or two dies on a socket. It's no less right to call a core2duo a cpu with 1-4 cores, than it is to put the pentium d on the same page as a single core prescot, as it's the very same principle.Reply
Arkzgreat article with only a few slight errors (like saying the core2duo has 1-4 cores http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coree ... i don't think there's a 1 cored version lol)Looking forward to the AMD article.Reply
Thanks for the heads-up! I tweaked that passage to better represent the Core 2 architecture's available configurations!
vosesterOk it is not under the same branding but it is part of the same microarchitecture Exactly. The article says:Reply
ArticleThere are many versions of the architecture, resulting in configurations with a different number of cores
There is no mention of the branding, so there is no actual error there, just misinterpretation.
Arkzgreat article with only a few slight errors (like saying the core2duo has 1-4 cores... i don't think there's a 1 cored version lol)Looking forward to the AMD article.Reply
Yes, it isn't called a "Core 2 Duo," but it uses the Core architecture and only has a single core enabled.
But I will have to say, there aren't any 3 core models...
Good to hear you're not only doing an AMD article, but an ATI one as well (in response to the Nvidia article you did earlier, assuming). A sign of class from the new Tom's is a welcome one.Reply
I wish they would get rid of those stupid SNAP Linkbubless and Inteltex misguiding links. Who ever invented those stupid annoying double lined text popups should have been burned at the stakeReply