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Mr Bigman
10-08-07, 01:58 PM
Many generations have had a very popular model cpu from the 486DX4100 to the K62-400.

But from the rigs on this forum and from reading in these forums for 10 years, its seems the the core2duo e6600 2.4Ghz is the most popular among system builders here and anywhere.

Whats so popular about these CPU's? I skipped it and went Q6600.

during the DX4 days i had the 133 and most people who were on bulliton Boards back in 95 were on Dx75's and DX100's but the 100 was the most common.

In 2001 most folks were on an Athlon 1400 which was the most popular for early 2001 and than the famous Intel Pentium 4 3.0 Northwood.

You could do anything you wanted to the northwood cuz it ran cool and oc'ed damn well.

Now everyone is on the E6600.

So is this CPU the most popular chip around for the last year and why?

And i may get slapped for this but i still have a Northwood 3.0 and i did some tweaks and it can score better in certain things than my Q6600 which is strange but nothing compares to the Northwood 3.0.

Don't get mixed up with the 3.0 Prescott cuz that thing was a POS. I had more cache but scored much lower than the Northwood.

mythy
10-08-07, 02:10 PM
Its the perfect clocker. It OC's 1Ghz with ease and some chips do 1.2 -1.4GHz over clocks as well. My E6600thats about to be sold for $105 in the sale section runs at 3.4 but will run at 3.8 given some extra voltage and a tech cooler :captnkill: So basically they perform 50% faster or 25% faster then a X6800 for oh I dont know say $800 dollars less! (nana2)

Mr Bigman
10-08-07, 02:11 PM
Yea but it didn't have much behind it only around 2 to 4 mb ram.

The only problem was that cpu was hard to come by.

I had one and was able to squeeze 20 more MHZ out of it to around 60 but in those days. it didn't matter.

I think Dynax was using those to cut costs cuz the Intel 386DX was expensive.

Another CPU that fared well was the 486overdrive. I had one in a Compaq deskpro 286 but the problem was the chip worked but i could only get 2MB out of the board and had 3.1 on it.

zoomy942
10-08-07, 02:26 PM
AMD 386 40MHZ FTW


only if it has a Turbo button on the front!

40 mhz to 66 mhz ftw!

http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~wayrich/computer-history/atclone.JPG

Mr Bigman
10-08-07, 02:58 PM
Sofware was written differently back than and the turbo button was used for certain things cuz it wouldn't work for certain software thats why they offered it.

gaming made no difference than either cuz it was done in a way i can't explain but more speed didn't matter.

walterman
10-08-07, 03:40 PM
For me, the 486 DX2 66MHz was the best CPU ever. It had rock solid performance for years ! Got it on 1993 when DooM 1 was launched.

Then Quake 1 arrived in summer 96, and i got my Pentium I 166MHz. Also, on xmas 96, i got my first Voodoo 1, when Tomb Raider 1 patch for glide was launched. It was the 1st game that i watched with 3D acceleration.

Later, on Quake II era, those Pentium II @ 266 were very good overclockers, paired with a BX mobo (400 MHz). The Pentium III Coppermine 650 MHz, was a very good overclocker too (1 GHz).

And my old & loved XP 1700+ which i clocked from 1.46 GHz to 2.5 GHz !!! Best CPU that i've bought ever !!!

DRen72
10-08-07, 04:10 PM
For me, the 486 DX2 66MHz was the best CPU ever. It had rock solid performance for years ! Got it on 1993 when DooM 1 was launched...I went with the 486-50 because it had a bus of 50MHz rather than the 33MHz on the DX2. That 486-50 could overclock quite well.

zoomy942
10-08-07, 04:14 PM
nostalgia thread ftw!!!

i remember my pentium 66 mhz that i played duke nukem on. press the turbo button for a speed induced 90 mhz duke nukem!

breathemetal
10-08-07, 04:20 PM
im not old enough to remember cpu's under 1 ghz lol

ive only owned a few

Athlon XP 3000+
AMD X2 3800
Intel C2D E6600

breathemetal
10-08-07, 04:21 PM
we need turbo buttons again :)

2.4 to 3.4 instantly would be handy

Absolution
10-08-07, 04:47 PM
Sofware was written differently back than and the turbo button was used for certain things cuz it wouldn't work for certain software thats why they offered it.

gaming made no difference than either cuz it was done in a way i can't explain but more speed didn't matter.
turbo made my p1 run aces of the pacific welll!

andy_nv
10-08-07, 06:37 PM
The Pentium III Coppermine 650 MHz, was a very good overclocker too (1 GHz).

Never managed to get mine past 900MHz (slot 1), than again I didn't have PC150 memory and a good cooler. Those 100MHz fsb models were good oc chips anyway :)
Another good chip was the Northwood C, I skipped the Tulatin, Willamette and previous Northwoods in favor of AMD. I owned a 2.4GHz Northwood C and overcloked it to 3.2GHz.
The E6600 we're talking about, for me it was the first CPU I could overclock 50% on air cooling, that's what made it so great. That and the Q6600 was more expensive when I bought it and quad core didn't have much of a use. Doesn't have much ATM either, but it will have in the months to come.
Right now I have a Q6600 that will only go up to 3.4GHz on my P965 motherboard.

Mr Bigman
10-08-07, 11:47 PM
Yea good days they were.

I had a 166 to a 247 and did ok on a shuttle super7 board. than did the AMDK6 300 and got it up to 450 cuz remember the K6 300 was 66mhz and 100 fsb was possible than.

The Turbo button was a cool thing when it came out. All it did was change the voltage and clock no FSB than. but 33mhz was it for a DX33 and i did have a bunch of the 66dx2's oh i loved those cuz they went to 100 easy.

Eliminator
10-09-07, 12:02 AM
athlon 1000 FTW!!... 1.52GHZ on air cooling and it's motherboard bios limited lol

turbo button was screwy sometimes.... i saw one PC where without turbo it was 8mhz.. with turbo it was 66mhz... lol thats quite a boost

MUYA
10-09-07, 01:32 AM
Sinclair ZX spectrum...erm I think it had a 3 Mhz CPU??/ 16Kbit of ROM?

Woohoo!!!

First ever decent overclock I have ever had is this E4400...2GHz to 3GHz! :)

CaptNKILL
10-09-07, 03:01 AM
Lets not forget the Athlon XP 1700+ Thoroughbred B.

Those things were MONSTER overclockers and were cheap as dirt.

When Athlon XPs were stomping Pentium 4s, you could get a 1700+ TBred B for $50 and overclock it from 1.47Ghz to 2.0Ghz on air rather easily, which put it in the top range of CPUs (the 3200+ was 2.2Ghz). I had mine at 2.13Ghz for a while but I decided to back it down to 2.0 for a permanent clock. Its been running like that on a Thermalright SK-7 for almost 5 years now. Its probably been on and running for about 80% of that time, which is just insane for a heavily overclocked system.

That is definitely my favorite CPU of all time... mostly because of the insane price\performance ratio after overclocking.

I'm really loving the E6750, but that cost more than 4 times as much...

crainger
10-09-07, 04:06 AM
My favs have been.

486DX100
P3 550
P4 2.8Ghz Northwood
AMD 3800+
Q6600 :D

pross
10-09-07, 04:13 AM
i had a PII 350 which didnt OC and a slot A athlon 800 which i did the pencil mod to unlock the multiplier...

XDanger
10-12-07, 03:15 PM
Motorola 6800 ,Powered many great gaming moments for me.
Just about scrapes in the 15 year limit.

Tr1cK
10-12-07, 03:39 PM
My first IBM PC was an AMD chipped 286-16 that would only run 15mhz because of my cheapo RAM.

My overclocking adventures:
Cyrix 300A o/c from 233 to 250 (I think, been a while)
K6-2 400 @ 454mhz (fried, removed the top plate to get this o/c, plate has been keychain since)
K6-4 450 @ 504 (what a beast)
Slot A Athlon 600 @ 650 (I re soldered the resistors for this one)
a Socket A Athlon 1100, I think I had it at 1200
Athlon 1700+ @ 1.6ghz
Athlon Thoroughbred-B 2400+ 2.0 @ 2.4 (still pwns for my buddy)
A64 3500+ @ 2.4 (in my HTPC right now)
A64x2 3800 @ 2.4 (sold to buddy, still have a brand new one sitting around)
e4300 1.8 @ 3.0 (current ass kicking value)