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    SubjectRe: PentiumII's.
    Kurt Huwig wrote:
    > On Tue, 29 Jul 1997, System Email wrote:
    > > My company needs a couple new servers to handle a large volume of live
    > > video compression/encryption. I am not even sure if Linux supports the new
    > > PentiumII MMX chips at all let alone SMP. To start I think 1 PII 300mhz
    > > chip will do, but I would like to buy a board capable of handling at least
    > > two cpu's. Does linux support PentiumII's (does it work?) Secondly does
    > > SMP Linux work wiht a Pentium II? and if so what would be the best board
    > > to get for this.
    > (All of the writing below is my personal opinion and unter the licence
    > 'correct me if I'm wrong', because I'm not too deep in hardware)
    > As you said you are using Linux, I guess you have sources for the
    > software.
    > Have you ever thought of getting an Alpha? Based on a benchmark in a
    > German computer magazine (c't), the Alpha-533MHz is about 4 times faster
    > in floating point as a PPro with 233MHz. If you want integer arithmetics,
    > the K6 beats the PPro.
    > The only thing that is really faster with MMX is the Intel Media Benchmark
    > and a small speedup due to the larger L1 cache. As I think, the P-II is
    > just the logical consequence of the poor rate of 'good' PPro chips in the
    > production due to the large integrated cache which made the die unusable
    > if a certain amount of the cells failed.
    > Last and least, the P-II just caches 64MB of RAM.

    No. It caches "only" 512Mb of RAM.

    You can be guaranteed that Linus works with Pentium-II, and with SMP
    at the same time, as Linus is using a dual Pentium-II. He likes
    it... :-)


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