Windows 98 Performance Comparison



That's how things stack up in the end. Without its precious L2 cache, the K6-3 is nothing more than a K6-2, and without its newly found L3 cache, the K6-3 is quickly able to lose the grip it had on the top of the performance charts. The best bet for any user looking for a K6-3 upgrade would be a 1MB or 2MB Super7 motherboard, however as the test results show, older motherboards with 512KB of cache and those that operate only at the 66MHz FSB will be fine with the K6-3 as an upgrade path for the future.

Chances are that the K6-3 won't be released as the world's fastest x86 processor, as Intel does have quite a rollout of new processors due early in January of 1999, however as a true upgrade path for super7, and now older socket-7 motherboard owners, the K6-3 still can't be beat.

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  • Avila951 - Friday, July 20, 2018 - link

    The old K6-2 is still made using 0.25µ-process. By the way, you don't have to disable the cache modules on your socket7 motherboard. When a K6 processor has on-die L2 cache those external modules function as 'L3 cache', which improve performance a little bit further. We want to emphasize one point right away: AMD has not aimed the abovementioned 'Plus' processors at the end user market. Reply
  • louis121 - Monday, September 10, 2018 - link

    AMD K6 the other side of things, the Socket-7 market was quickly dying due to the inability of the 66MHz Front Side Bus (FSB), the speed which the L2 cache also ran at, to compete in the much more aggressive world introduced by the Pentium II Reply

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