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 Jul 26, 2004 - 03:28 PM - by Michael
* History of Pentium, Part II

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Ars Technica has added in Part II of their History of the Pentium.

Interestingly, they admit that the P4's ultra-long pipeline, which proved detrimental to its real-world performance (especially against offerings by competing AMD), was a decision made not my the design crew, but by a marketing crew who found out that a longer pipeline could be made to squeeze higher clock speeds out, but at the cost of scalability and performance, and decided it was worth it.

Of course, we all know what happened. AMD fired back with its performance numbers and by branding its chips with ratings numbers rather than their clockspeeds, and the rest has been history.
 

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