Sorry, but as wusy said, you don't seem to understand architecture. I'm not talking about 5 year old chips. I'm talking about the fact that even the A64s and Opterons of today are all just reworkings and improvements to the same architecture that the original Athlon core was based on. You can walk right back through the changes very easily to their beginnings. Just as the PM is based on the P3's architecture. (And really, we could trace that one even further back.)But I'm not talking about 5-6 years old chip. The P3 is no more current as well as the thunderbird. We have NOW Prescott and A64.
And without getting that basic fundament right, the rest of your post falls to pieces and isn't even worth commenting on.
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