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Which is faster, k6-2 550 or k6-3 550?
escheid Nov-30-00 12:00 PM
Is a AMD K6-2 550 faster than an AMD K6-3 450? What are the differences in the two chips?

1. RE: Which is faster, k6-2 550 or k6-3 550?
lbyard Nov-30-00 04:44 PM
In response to message 0
Basically, the K6-3 has 256K of on-chip memory cache’; the 550 Mhz K6-2 does not. I have not benchmarked the K6-3. Try searching google.com for benchmark info; it’s out there. This discussion might be somewhat mute unless you have a source for used K6-3 processors. They have been discontinued with exception of the mobile versions. The K6-2 was discontinued and then the discontinuation date was extended until around next January, as I recall. In my opinion (see “Obituary - Slot 1, Slot A, Socket 7, K6, and Baby AT!” at http://duxcw.com/digest/guides/cpu/obit.htm) both CPUs and Super7 motherboards are now pretty much dead and are being phased-out. Also, the 550 Mhz K6-2 has problems with some motherboards; e.g., EpoX (search this forum for more info). Suggest looking at their replacement, the AMD Duron. AMD is now ramping-up production of the Duron for the mass-market and motherboard prices will drop now that chipsets, such as the VIA (http://www.viatech.com/) KM133 and SiS (http://www.sis.com.tw/index-1.htm) 730S are starting to become available in quantity. Larry

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