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May 10, 2015, 06:33 PM
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Death of the Athlon

Next to go was the dual 1.4Ghz Athlon. It was the 1st affordable SMP motherboard for an AMD chip. It was quite a breakthrough, for its time, but it only did 12Mbit USB & had an extremely slow bus. Contention between disk I/O & PCI cards abounded. It couldn't ingest video from a PCI card that a dual 933Mhz Pentium had no problem with.

Tyan offered a server equivalent simultaneously. In those days, the Thunder K7, Tiger MP, & Tiger MPX were the duck's guts. It was the last golden age for a 32 bit CPU.

Only 1 antique computer remanes, because it was the last with a floppy controller. Any future upgrade would only be driven by a desire to edit 4k video. Video editing has gotten quite germane. There's no new application which can only be done with the latest of today's technology.

There is only a need for more computing power to render the latest web applications, but the demands of the latest web applications are more to benefit the content providers than the users.
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