From 1995 To 2005: 111 CPUs From 100 MHz To 3800 MHz
Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts, because here we go. After 12 weeks of grueling and meticulous testing in our Munich THG lab, our biggest CPU test of all time is complete. Marathon, all-night monitoring sessions, system hiccups and crashes and the logistics involved in coordinating such a feat often short-circuited our caffeine-addled nerves. But then again, this project was about more than just tallying up CPU benchmarks. Indeed, it was fascination (or was it an obsession?) with the course taken by CPU technology in the past 11 years that motivated THG to conduct a comparative test of this magnitude. In Part I of this series, we take a look at the beginnings of the CPU and move up through the very latest from Intel. Tomorrow, we continue with a focus on AMD's development in history, and bring you the results of our benchmark tests as well.