The World's Most Popular x86 CPU

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  1. king-dubs

    king-dubs Ancient Guru

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    What would you guys say it is? The most legendary, most popular CPU in the world.
     
  2. F1refly

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    currently?
    popular in sales i'd say probably whichever one is in the most popular Dells/Hp's.
    popular consumer choice right now is probably the i7 920 or maybe amd x3 or whatever it is...the one where you can hack it to get all 4 cores working. it was said in media news to rise in popularity alot.
     
  3. Norvekh

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    Most legendary x86 processor? The Intel 8086 of course. I mean, after all, it is what the entire architecture was birthed from.

    Most popular? I'd be willing to bet it would be one of the Prescott-based Pentium 4s, probably one of the lower end chips. Then, popular rarely means best or nicest. Give it a while and it might jump to one of the E4000 chips.

    Most popular to enthusiats though? Probably one of the following: A64 3800+ (single core), A64 X2 3800+, E6600, Q6600, E8300, or Q9300. I'm guessing it's probably either the X2 3800+ or E6600 though for pure number sold, especially with there being two or three variants of the Athlon chip.
     
  4. king-dubs

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    I would say the Q6600, AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice, and AMD Opteron 144/165 :)
     

  5. deltatux

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    agreed, but generally if I really had a choice, I'd avoid the x86 architecture completely. I actually never liked the x86 architecture and was pissed when Apple went x86. For me, I'd happily take a PowerPC 970FX or one of those PA Semi chips before it was sold off to Apple.

    EDIT: It'll be sweet if IBM can make an out-of-order dual core Cell design. 2 PPEs and 6 SPEs ... now that would be one sick chip. They won't need to be forced to use the in-order processors that are in the PS3 since the PC doesn't need that low of a power consumption. Hell, most enthusiast PCs run 750W+ power supplies compared to 300W on the PS3.

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    I thought about that, but the sheer number of people that went to the Core 2 line just for the E6600 was pretty significant I think. I just have a feeling due to its price point that it probably beat out even the Q6600. Though, with how cheap the Q6600 is and how many have purchased it, I could see it being most popular with enthusiasts as well. Either way, the 6600 in either form was "the chip" to have for over a year each which is pretty phenominal.
     
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    Hmmm i don't know much about computers sorry i can't help.
     
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    Those are x64 :nerd:

    I would have to say the P4 800MHz FSB models were the most popular chipsets, mostly because people hyped about the jump from 533MHz FSB to 800MHz FSB
     
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    Technically those are x86-64. They still use the x86 architecture, just added on with 64bit potential.
     
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    Technically, that holds true with today's processors too :wanker:
    I'm pretty sure the OP meant x86 only :)
     

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    Well at least you admit it ;) haha
     
  12. sykozis

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    I'd have to say the 500mhz K7 Athlon....for it's time, the performance was just sickening. That processor stole a ****load of Intel customers here locally. Shops here couldn't give away a P2 or P3 as long as the K7 Athlons were available. Some shops stopped carrying Intel all together because of it's popularity. Course, now those same shops nolonger carry AMD because the entire Core 2 line completely obliterated them up until the PhenomII....
     
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    I remember the K7 rave, and the P4 era... and now Q6600s are holding their own.

    Pentium Pros were popular too.
     
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    Even if they are called x86-64, they belong with the x86 architectural family since x86-64 is only a superset architecture ... unlike Itanium which is a completely different architecture that is still somewhat compatible with x86... but only through some software emulation since Itanium is a VLIW architecture while x86 is CISC.

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    In that case then it can't be anything beyond a 286 because past that and it tacks on 32-bit capability (look up IA-32 for more information on that) on top of the native 16-bit architecture that x86 is. Kind of just pulling hairs though with either argument as any modern x86 processor can run any x86 instructions whether 16, 32, or 64 bit is irrelevent.
     

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    Technically, the fact that it can't run x86 instructions natively prevents Itanium from being included. Also, IA-64 isn't related to the x86 instruction set at all and is a complete instruction set on it's own. Itanium requires x86 instructions first be converted to IA-64 instructions for execution, through the use of emulation software....
     
  17. Jae-So

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    I've been trying to get reliable information for a while man, I know the 360/PS3 use in order Power PC CPUs but but wat about their latest Power PC CPUs and the ones that used to be in Macs, were they out of order?

    To the OP, I think the E8000/E700 series are pretty popular right now but have no Idea bout the most popular X86 out of all of em lol
     
  18. king-dubs

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    I was thinking of basing it on the most reviewers (in numbers) on NewEgg. The first chip that came to my mind was the Q6600.
     
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    finally the truth comes out
     
  20. shades3k

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    My vote goes to the AMD Athlon Thunderbird 1.3GHz.

    Simply couldn't be beaten at the time... great for Operation Flashpoint :D

    The mobile Athlon XP-M 2500 was a pretty awesome chip too...
     

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