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what I need to know is, what processors are used by windows? I know x86 and Athlon, but are there any others? Just want to know so I can make some processor-specific optimizations for game engine Edited by - falsk on December 30, 2001 4:54:59 AM

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Depends on the version and model.

NT 3/4 runs on 8080386+, MIPS, Alphas, and PPCs, IIRC.
9x runs on 486+
2k runs on 586+ & MIPS (i'm guessing, I forget which ones exactly)
XP 786+, IA64, some others...

An Athlon IS an x86 chip.



586+ Chips:

Intel:
Pentium
Pentium Pro
Pentium II
Celeron
Pentium III
Celeron (II? III?)
Pentium 4

AMD:
K6
K6-2
K6-3
Athlon - Thunderbird
Athlon - Duron
Athlon XP

Kingston:
Various 486/Pentium overdrive chips

Cyrix:
I think these have all been destroyed (one can hope)

Others?


Edited by - Magmai Kai Holmlor on December 30, 2001 5:12:57 AM

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quote:
Original post by Magmai Kai Holmlor

2k runs on 586+ & MIPS (i''m guessing, I forget which ones exactly)


Win2K only runs on x86 - Compaq was working on a port to Alpha, but MS pulled the plug on that project.






Fantastic doctrines (like Christianity or Islam or Marxism or Microsoft-bashing) require unanimity of belief. One dissenter casts doubt on the creed of millions. Thus the fear and hate; thus the torture chamber, the iron stake, the gallows, the labor camp, the psychiatric ward - Edward Abbey

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quote:
Original post by Arild Fines
Win2K only runs on x86 - Compaq was working on a port to Alpha, but MS pulled the plug on that project.

It was Compaq that pulled the plug, actually, and MS who did the porting; MS had effectively finished Win2K for Alpha (and very nice it was too, with kernel-integrated FX!32 and stuff), but Compaq decided it wasn''t worth their while to support. This is all part of Compaq''s apparent desire to kill Alpha.

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quote:
Original post by DrPizza
This is all part of Compaq''s apparent desire to kill Alpha.


Correction: desire to kill all things DEC (of which Alpha was merely one facet). I know of no other company so adept at taking good people and technology and running it straight into the crapper.

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