are rated at 15ns. Faster is always more expensive.
EDO DRAM* holds the promise of providing high performance memory without using SRAM. Initial desktop benchmarks show a five to seven percent performance improvement with EDO memory. Once the economies of mass production come into play, EDO memory will become competitively priced.
The latest Pentium technology opens new avenues of productivity. More processing power means less waiting on the machine. With older machines, a full motion video might have to run in a small window at fifteen frames per second. With the new Pentium, it can run full screen at thirty frames per second. Processor-intensive applications like graphics and CAD* will slow down the least when driven by the P133. Intense applications requiring hours to compute on older gear will now finish much faster.
Win96 and other 32-bit operating systems will benefit from the Pentium architecture. The new Windows offering, with five to six times more lines of code than Windows 3.1, can really use the extra power. The PCI bus architecture, with its generous memory support, can give Windows all the memory it wants. As Pentium-aware compilers come into the mainstream, the performance of new software products will improve. Software optimized for the Pentium takes full advantage of its internal structures and runs much faster.
Government buyers and others involved in lengthy bid and evaluation cycles will appreciate the new P133. At the various desktop price points, computer power doubles annually. Last years' high-end machine is mainstream this year, and entry-level next year. Buying the fastest processor protects your investment for the longest time. For the remainder of 1995, the high-end P133 system price-point begins at $2500. The entry-level P75 system price is below $1500.
Mainstream is a very good place to be. Compatibility in today's complex computer environment is mandatory. The Pentium is completely mainstream, extensively tested, and sets the standard others must adhere to. It is shipping in volume and is an exceptional price/performance value. In late 1991, a Dell 486/33 sold for $6199, or $188 per MIP. Today, Dell sells a P90 system for $2099, or $14 per MIP. This thirteenfold reduction in cost-per-MIP occurred in less than four years. The Pentium technology is widely accepted today. The marketplace made the transition from the 486 to the Pentium faster than any previous Intel processor.
Today, the Pentium 133 MHz processor brings a new level of performance to the desktop. Its advanced 0.35 micron fabrication technology will forge the 200+MHz machines of the future. Tomorrow comes quickly, as Intel has already promised the 150 MHz Pentium and the new P6 processor by year end.
The P6 picks up where the Pentium leaves off. Like the Pentium, it is a 133 MHz processor, but it is much more complex. It is constructed from 5.5 million transistors, instead of the 3.3 million used in the P133. The L2 cache is now located on the chip next to the processor. A new, highly optimized data bus feeds data from the L2 cache to the processor at the full processor speed. In the P6, both L1 and L2 caches run at 133 MHz.
Internally, the P6 utilizes Intel's Dynamic Execution technology. The processor analyzes and reorders the program data stream for optimum execution performance. Although the P133 and P6 run at the same clock rate, the P6 is much faster. SPECint92, a standard benchmark used by Intel, rates the P133 at 155.5 and the new P6 at more than 200. Drop one onto your desktop and buckle up. It's going to be one heck of a ride.
Bruce Gavin is a Novell certified Netware Engineer and the owner of CompuDox Onsite Computer Support. You can reach him at 70137,3244@CompuServe.Com or the CompuDox FAX/BBS at (916) 988-0920.
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