View Full Version : What is your favorite retired processor?

Oct 12, 2002, 12:16 AM
there has been so much talk about the athlon, the pentium 4, and the G4, but what is your favorite retired processor?

since the pentium 3 and the G3 are still used, don't count them in since sub-notebooks on the pc side sometimes use the pentium 3 and the ibook and crt imac still use a version of the G3

for old pc processors, my old 366 mhz amd k6-2 processor in my laptop has worked well for short stints on the machine...but anything over an hour, then the thing slows down and i found out that was due to heat...the k6-2 mobile version has that problem which was fixed with the k6-2+ and later the duron

i have had hit or miss experiences on pentium 1s but much of that is due to windows 95

but strange as it may seem, my friend's 3 1/2 year old e-machines pc has been very reiable for that period of time and it has a 366 mhz cyrix M-2 processor in it

my former boss has a machine that was a server but now is a personal machine and that also uses the cyrix M-2 and no problems there

for the 2 1/2 years i had my old power tower pro, i liked the 185 mhz motorola 604e processor that ran that thing...no problems

so for "retired" processors, my vote goes to the motorola 604e and the cyrix M-2

Oct 12, 2002, 01:40 AM
nothing beats the 601. my 6116 and 6100 are absolute workhorses and can still get a hell of a lot of work done. while my friends were all talking about how cool their 1ghz p3s and p4s were, i was still editing video, producing my own songs, making webpages, and typing papers on my trusty 60mhz performa. that thing has taken a lot of crap from me and is damn near indestructible, i'll never get rid of it.

Oct 12, 2002, 04:50 AM
Mac - 68040. 10 yrs of kicking and beating. In the end the power supply died, the processor went witht the machine as it was a AU$400 fix. No way

PC - First gen celerons. They could be overclocked heaps easy and remain stable. Also They were faster then the equivilent pII.

Long live the old ones.

Oct 12, 2002, 05:08 AM
i used to be so down on celerons until i saw some benchmarks on some pc magazines and i realized for the simpler stuff i usually do on computers, the celeron was more than enough

now with 1.7 ghz desktop celeron machines at the store with flat panel monitor for well under a grand, i don't have the need for a pentium 4, really

but the pentium 4 is not that much more in a desktop unit price wise

at some point, i could see intel dropping the celeron altogether because the pentium 4s will fall so low in price for the slightly behind the curve speeds

when the mobile duron came out, i saw it on a lot of laptops but since the athlon 4/athlon 4 xp chips have become cheaper, i saw the mobile duron almost disappear

same goes with the mobile celeron chips being phased out of the low end intel powered machines which are now the slower end of the current pentium 4s

Oct 13, 2002, 06:46 AM
I still have a 200Mhz 604e + a 117Mhz 603e running. I'd have to say that the 604 would be my favorite retired processor.

Oct 13, 2002, 07:04 AM
I used to have a 300Mhz Alpha 21064 box running Linux. It was blindingly fast. But that's some time around '96 or so. I still think the Alpha was an absolutely stonking processor design.

Oct 13, 2002, 08:20 AM
Either one of the 6502 designs or the 68040. The 6502s were light and lithe and the 68040 also had a great instruction set, along with VM and floating point on board.

They were easy to learn and easy to programme in assembly language. They were also pretty fast for their time.

Oct 13, 2002, 08:44 AM
The good ole' 68000.

I had loads of fun with it in my original Mac 128, Atari ST's, Amiga's and Palm OS machines.

A great CPU.


Oct 13, 2002, 12:25 PM
the MOS Tecnology 6502. Can't beat it (1MHz!!!) even the processors that run 1, 250 times faster:)

Oct 13, 2002, 01:17 PM
I would definitely have to go with the 68040 :) (68060 would have been nice too). In my experience, the 66MHz '040 in my desktop always outperformed the 603e 117MHz in my old PowerBook 1400 by an good amount. Now I am happiest with my G4. There's little you can throw at it that it can't handle.

Oct 13, 2002, 01:18 PM
The first commercially available 64-bit processor, used in SGI computers in the early '90s ('91-'93?) Debuted at 75MHz, but it was most commonly seen at 100MHz. That's right, 100MHz in 1992, with 1MB of secondary cache (which in 1992 cost thousands). It was hands down the best CPU out there until the Alpha came along.

Oct 13, 2002, 01:21 PM
Originally posted by jefhatfield
so for "retired" processors, my vote goes to the motorola 604e and the cyrix M-2
Originally posted by Falleron
I still have a 200Mhz 604e + a 117Mhz 603e running. I'd have to say that the 604 would be my favorite retired processor.
The 604 isn't retired! You can still buy 604e machines for the low, low price of just $2699.10 (http://www-132.ibm.com/content/home/store_IBMPublicUSA/en_US/eServer/pSeries/entry/pSeries_entry.html)!! 375 blistering MHz, baybee!

Oct 13, 2002, 01:38 PM
The PPC 601. That thing could fly in it's day (and light intel bunny-suit guys on fire ;) )