Couldn't resist to comment some of your opinions,
Quote:> IMHO, MMX is mainly meant to allow better performaance for various
> kinds of "Win-hardware". This hardware comes with Windows drivers
> that do in software what decent hardware would do using dedicated
> on-board processors. This increases the load on the CPU and degrdes
> overall system performance. It's true that some voice/image
> processing applications might benefit from it (In one lecture I
> took I heard of a performance gain of 1500% by hand-coding such a
> program in assemby using MMX instructions), but no such applications
> are currently available, even for Windows.
The question of the original poster was: PentiumMMX or Pentium. From
this consideration, your answer misses the point. The production of
the Pentium w/o MMX (P54C) is discontinued by Intel, they only sell
the old parts from the shelves. The PentiumMMX (P55C) got some
architectural changes. It has larger internal cache (from 2x8K to 2x
16K, AFAIK) and it has (parts of?) the branch prediction of the P II.
In various benchmarks (depending on the data size used), the MMX
Pentium version tends to run 10%-15% faster at the same clock rate.
The MMX itself does not reduce the system performance per se. What
you meant was probably: you could always have a dedicated hardware
extension for the job otherwise done in MMX commands. This is true,
but for most home users, a little speed up in video or audio stuff
would enable them to use fancy software without adding a dedicated
card. And this is, as you can imagine, Intels strategy. Some time
ago I used to play a nice "3D shoot 'em up" demo of the game "ZAR"
on my non-MMX P187.5 (o/c). Then I saw the same thing on my
brothers P200/MMX. By that experience I feeled what would be possible
by proper usage of MMX in multimedia stuff. The bad news, MMX uses
the registers of the FP unit, this reduces its applicability for
Quote:> Since curently no Linux drivers are available for this class of
> Win-junkware, you should avoid it like the plague.
This statement makes no sense for me. Could you give some facts.
(What do you mean with: "Linux drivers for Windows programs")
Quote:> Of the CPUs that would fit in a Pentium socket the K6 is the
> fastest. However, to achieve the full performance gain you need
> a board that can run at 75MHz, and there aren't many of these
No problem, *most* of the mainbord brands today offer 75MHz, some
even 83MHz. Only avoid one brand: *Intel*.
BTW, the K6 is a very good part. But Intel has done some strange
price cuts. K6 has faster architecture, P5 has faster FPU->memory
access. Very hard decision ... (Compare K6/200 to P233MMX)
My guess, avoid the new Cyrix until the dust has settled and
until some good reviews are available. (I *had* a 6x86, ...).
Quote:> IMO, since most X applications were written with Workstations in
> can has a "virtual desktop" feature, similar to ATI's (on Windows).
> The conclusion is you'll probably want a 4MB graphics adapter, if you
> can afoord it. However, I don't think you need a Millenium, unless
> you use 3D graphics software and similar fancy stuff.
Unfortunately, the Millenium is a rather bad 3D performer. The
strength of the Millenium:
- 8MB upgradable
- highest refresh rates at resolutions above 1280x1024
- very fast true color and high color modes above 1280x1024
- good driver support
- very good video signal, sharper images above 1280x1024
Quote:> I was able to find an ET6000 with 4.5MB MDRAM for just $159 recently
> (could get one for even less several weeks later when a large
> computer store chain went bankrupt ...) IMHO, it works great under
> Linux and NT 4.0, but causes trouble with OS/2 4.0. So it might be
If not a Millenium, why not a Mystique. About 3 weeks ago we tested a
4 MB Mystique in a PPro200 under Linux 2.0.29 using the new X-Server.
It is really really fast, especially the lines and the BLT's. The
Win95/NT support is among the best in the field. Drivers and features
are stable and good. The retail Mystique even comes with a bunch of
3D games for Win95 including Mechwarrior2. The signal quality is
close to the Millenium, the video playback (MPEG interpolation) is
much better than Millenium. Because the new Mystique220 is out now,
the prices drop more and more now.
Quote:> Linux - mail me if you want to know why) this may change the
> considerations presented above about MMX, since it comes with a
> voice recognition component built in, which may be able to take
> advantage of MMX in the future.
Wow... (now the devil has the largest perspectives)
Quote:> When I shop for hardware I always look for the "Designed for
> Windows 95" logo. I really thank Microsoft(TM) for encouraging
> manufacturers to label their products this way, so I know what to
This is funny, didn't know this one
Quote:> I stick to quality software:
> Linux 2.0.30 | IBM OS/2 Warp (TM) v4.0
What in the hell is "IBM OS/2 Warp (TM) v4.0"? Is this something like
OS/2 Warp 3, which was preinstalled on one of our P90/8MB two
Hmmm ... ??? :-(