Re: Linux on AMD K6

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Thu, 10 Jul 1997 16:38:35 -0400 (EDT)

I've never personaly used a K6.. Take what I say with a grain of
salt.. But I have researched them quite a bit..

On Thu, 10 Jul 1997, Karl D. Nelson wrote:

> - Does the AMD K6 have subtle x86 compatibility problems such as have been
> discussed on this list before with the Cyrix chips?
No, not any that have been currently discovered.

> - AMD compares the K6 to the PPro but the chip sits in a P5 socket. Does
> this limit its truly functioning as a PPro clone?
Somewhat, but the biggest reason the PPRO (and PII) have a differnt
socket is because their cache has chaged..

> - The K6 has a larger cache than the PPro (according to AMD) but it's
> accessed at 66 MHz rather than at the chip clock speed as with PPro. How
> much of a hit is this?

A big one.. But hey.. Compair the price of a pro/200 and a K6.
You could prob buy two K6es for the price of a pro.

I expect the PROs FPU is also better.. Esp under a true 32bit
opperating system.. The K6 out winbenches the pro under 95..
But the pro kickes it butt under NT.

> Once these questions are satisfied, those asked by Jeff above become
> important.
> If anyone can address any of these questions, it would be much
> appreciated.
> Karl.