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Processors for Bottomfeeders

Introduction

Inexpensive PC's do not include Intel processors. Those processors are talked about too much and to me are boring. I'm more interested in processors that are geared toward medium performance, moderate cooling requirements, and, of course, low price.

AMD K6-2, AMD K6-2+, AMD K6-III, and AMD-K6-3+

AMD K6-2, AMD K6-2+, AMD K6-III, and AMD K6-3+
This processor is what beat the Pentium II at its own game. AMD sought to extend the life of the Socket 7 platform with the Super7 initiative which specified external bus frequencies up to 100 MHz. Intel never bothered with more than 66 MHz, even with the Celeron, so the AMD K6-2 processor joined the value+performance race with an exceedingly viable alternative.
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VIA Cyrix III and VIA C3

VIA Cyrix III and VIA C3
Two processor design firm acquisitions and one winner. Two product names and one winner. A bizarre story.
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