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I recently purchased an AST Advantage 586/133MHZ. When I look in the control panel> system> general I noticed that the system says Advantage Adventure 80486. Does this mean it is a 486 processor and if so why is it called a 586?
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A 586/133mhz. is definatly the better option over a 486.  The 586 processors are basically AMD's version of the Pentium.  Unlike Pentium chips which require Pentium mother boards, 586 chips work very nicely on the 486 boards.  Your system being indicated as a 80486, would probobly  just be refering the the mother board and not the chip.
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To add to Gumby's responce The AMd 5x86 is more or an over powered 486 CPU it true architechture is an 40486dx4/133Amd claims the proccessor to match a pentium 75 or 586p5/75hope this all helps you out..ps: it does preform like a p75
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