Processors
AMD's Athlon
AMD K6-2
K6-2 @ 66MHz
K6-2 380/400MHz
3DNow!
Cyrix 6x86MX
Cyrix MII
Cyrix MII Review
VIA/Cyrix III
Intel's Celeron
Intel Pentium MMX
Intel's Pentium III
Rise mP6
IDT WinChip C6
IDT WinChip2

Before deciding which processor you need you may want ask yourself the following question...


What do I use my computer for???

A simple enough question on the surface but, depending on how you answer it, can mean hundreds of dollars unnecessarily spent.

For Example:

  • If your answer is - "I mostly just use it for word processing, email and surfing the web." 
    You can live very happily with a low cost socket 7 cpu from any of the chip makers out there.  All of them are capable of providing excellent service in most word processing, spreadsheet, and small database programs. (Even on the low end, today's processors are faster than you think and are more than adequate for these kinds of applications)

  • If your answer is - "Yes, I use those applications but the kids like to play those horribly violent arcade games as well." (Okay, I admit it, I play them some too.)
    Well now, this calls for a little more thought...
    The quality and intensity of the computer gaming software available is growing at an enormous speed.  However, look for the minimum system requirements on the last game you purchased.  Does the game run on a 486 MHz based computer? (Many still do.)   So, maybe you'll want a middle of the road MMX capable processor.  (Take the money you saved an invest in a better graphics accelerator card.)

  • If your answer is - "Games, games, games, why the only reason we have opposable thumbs is to have better joystick control!!!"
    Our suggestion - Get a life! and a job, you'll need one to keep up with the cost of maintaining the fastest 3d gaming technology that grows by leaps and bounds everyday.   Oh yes, and get a fast processor too.  You will definitely want MMX and, whether you are using an Intel or AMD processor, 3DNow! or SSE!  (More about that later.)

  • If your answer is - "I mostly use extremely sophisticated graphics and 3D modeling programs or heavy floating point statistical analysis tools."
    Okay, Poindexter, you probably already know what you need.  These applications require speed and excellent floating point performance.  But read on, you may find that the processor you need doesn't cost nearly what you'd expect...
  • Until we get up and running most of the information you will find in these pages will be a compilation of all of the information we can find from both the vendor's sites, other hardware sites, newsgroups and bulletin boards. We will be testing these products ourselves soon and will post our own findings as they become available.


    Keep in mind that the technology grows day to day so stop back every once in a while to see the latest advances...
    Below you will find links to the processors we believe are important to the socket 370 and super7 platform. We suggest you read each one carefully before deciding on the right chip for your needs. We promise to keep the information concise and to the point.