Pentium II and III: Brothers
Released in 1997, the Pentium II was an adaptation of the Pentium Pro aimed at the general public. It was quite similar to the Pentium Pro, but the cache memory was different. Instead of using a cache at the same frequency as the processor (which is expensive), the 512 KB Level 2 cache operated at half-frequency. In addition, the Pentium II abandoned the classic socket for a cartridge containing the processor and the Level 2 cache, which was in the cartridge and not on the motherboard or in the processor itself.
New features compared to the Pentium Pro were essentially MMX (SIMD) support and a doubling of the Level 1 cache. The first Pentium III (Katmai) was very similar to the Pentium II. Released in 1999, its new feature was essentially support for SSE (SIMD instructions), but the rest was identical.
|Code name||Klamath (Pentium II 0.35µ), Deschutes (Pentium II 0.25µ), Katmai (Pentium III)|
|Date released||1997, 1998, 1999|
|Data bus||64 bits|
|Address bus||36 bits (32 bits on the P III)|
|Maximum memory||64 GB (4 GB on the P III)|
|L1 cache||16 KB + 16 KB|
|L2 cache||external, 512 KB (1/2 CPU frequency)|
|Clock frequency||233-300 MHz (Klamath), 300-450 MHz (Deschutes), 450-600 MHz (Klamath)|
|Fabrication process||350 nm (Klamath), 250 nm (Deschutes, Katmai)|
|Number of transistors||7,500,000 + cache (Pentium II), 9,500,000 + cache (Pentium III)|
|Power consumption||25-35 W|
|Voltage||2.8 V (0.35µ), 2 V (0.25µ)|
|Die surface area||204 mm² (0.35µ), 131 mm² (0.25µ), 128 mm² (PIII) + cache|
The Pentium II and III had 512 KB of Level 2 cache (31 million transistors). One Pentium II actually had an on-chip 256 KB Level 2 cache—the Pentium II Mobile Dixon. Using a 180 nm fabrication process, this processor was significantly faster than the desktop versions.
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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