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    SubjectRe: AMD (fwd)

    In <59icj4$r38@nntp.Stanford.EDU> (David Hinds) writes:

    >... It should
    >more or less be just a question of how the AMD performs on specific

    >Can anyone shed some light on the relative performance of an AMD5x86?

    A totally non-scientific answer is that I had an AMD 486/120 and then
    later purchased a new P133 system. Almost everything I use the Pentium
    for day to day seems almost twice as fast as the 486/120, with the same
    memory and a similar video card.

    I have also heard people say that the speedup from the AMD 486/120 to
    %x86 is not that noticable because you trade the 40 mhz bus speed of the
    120 for a small increase in clock speed. (similar to the recommendations
    to always choose a Pentium that uses the 33/66 clock rather than the
    30/60) I guess it depends on how much difference the 64k cache in the
    5x86 makes. The AMD 120 had 16k, I believe, double the original 486's 8k.
    It also had a working writeback cache.

    It's too bad (IMO) that AMD hasn't managed to keep up with Intel on the
    Pentium front. I always prefered buying AMD to Intel, but AMD just
    doesn't have anything fast enough for me now, compared to the 386//486
    days when they were almost always faster.

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