Cyrix 5x86 120 and Linux

Cyrix 5x86 120 and Linux

Post by Mark Lumsde » Mon, 28 Oct 1996 03:00:00



I'm thinking of upgrading my AMD 486 DX4-100 CPU to a Cyrix 5x86
120 CPU and I want to make sure there are no problems in using
linux with this CPU.  Any feedback on performance, compatibility,
etc. would be appreciated.

                                Thanks in advance,
                                        Mark

 
 
 

Cyrix 5x86 120 and Linux

Post by Edwin L » Tue, 29 Oct 1996 04:00:00




Quote:>I'm thinking of upgrading my AMD 486 DX4-100 CPU to a Cyrix 5x86
>120 CPU and I want to make sure there are no problems in using
>linux with this CPU.  Any feedback on performance, compatibility,
>etc. would be appreciated.

If the Cyrix 5x86 works without problem on your hardware (i.e.,
motherboard and BIOS support is there), then Linux will have no problem
with it.  If your motherboard or BIOS does not support it, then all
bets are off.

As far as compatibility goes, it is treated like a 486 by Linux and
GCC.  There is no special optimization for it other than those that the
CPU performs on its own, i.e., transparent to the OS.

Performance?  What's that?  8^)

Cheers,
e.
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Edwin _Lim_ Aun Whei  | U of Calif., Irvine   |  Never let truth stand in the


 
 
 

Cyrix 5x86 120 and Linux

Post by Stanisla » Tue, 29 Oct 1996 04:00:00



> I'm thinking of upgrading my AMD 486 DX4-100 CPU to a Cyrix 5x86
> 120 CPU and I want to make sure there are no problems in using
> linux with this CPU.  Any feedback on performance, compatibility,
> etc. would be appreciated.

>                            Thanks in advance,
>                                    Mark

Just for your information. I am running 5x86 100 and clocking it at 40MHz
which gives me 120MHz unit.
It works like this more than six month without a hiccup.
But I did a mistake and asked about hardware usage and was told that the
CPU is active 3.7% of the time.
So what's the use?
Have fun.
Stanislaw.