IDT Winchip 2-3D

by Anand Lal Shimpi on January 16, 1999 12:31 AM EST

Gaming Performance

Although its FPU is definitely not its strongpoint, the Winchip 2 can definitely make use of its 3DNow! support in games and does allow for some gaming pleasure to be taken from your system. The implementation of 3DNow! on the Winchip 2 is inferior to that of the K6-2, however it is present. If you are a true gamer, you're probably going to want to save up and shell out a little more cash for a processor with a better FPU, as the Winchip 2 is still primarily a Windows 9x business application processor.

What about the Cyrix 6x86MX or the M-II? At a clock for clock comparison, the Winchip is not only faster than Cyrix's offerings in terms of business application performance, its FPU and 3DNow! performance brings much more to the table than Cyrix has been able to deliver, even with their longer experience in the market. The Winchip 2 is closer to a K6 than a 6x86MX in overall performance.

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  • Rene23 - Friday, March 16, 2018 - link

    while I did not over clock my IDT WinChip2 that I used for compiling a Linux distribution in 1999/2000 - in fact I may have run mine at 3x75=225 MHz instead of the 4x60MHz for some reason (maybe PCI bus speed) I took it out of the attic in 2018 and I could over clock mine to 250 and 266 MHz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlwM5U21QKE Reply

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