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I want to buy a new chip for my PC , and I don't know which one to take :  Intel Pentium 200 MMX  or AMD K6 200 MMX
Please tell me which one is better and why?
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Well this is a matter of Pride and experience. The AMD is rated at speeds above the Intel P200MMX. In areas of games and graphics it has been written that it slightly edges out the P200.

The P200 is an Intel.. The company that wrote the bookon processors. The P200 has higher ratings than the AMD K6 on bisiness applications and slightly lower ratings than the AMD on games, But these ratings in a whole are impressive by both chip manufacturers.

There is no "REAL" answer here. I have used both and have found them to be equal. Its just a matter of who will be around in the next 10 years.. But hey.. the chip you buy today in outdated the minute you walk out the door.

Here's a bit of information... Intel designed the X86 processor. Amd sat down and reverse engineered it and built a perfect clone to the pentium.. That's pretty impressive..

If you want to save money.,, Get the AMD.. if we are talking 20-40 bucks.. get the Intel.
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I have to agree on cpippin, i am using the AMD K6 right now and it does a hell of a job! (Just cool it right :-)

However, AMD did not reverse-engineer it (well they did) but designed a completely new chip (based on the 'NexGen') with a considerably different architecture (namely RISC-core).
This, along with a larger Level1 Cache, makes it a very fast chip. When software specifically for the K6 would be written, it would almost certainly outperform the Intel. The only area where 'clones' almost always are slower is the FPU. So is the AMD. But the difference is very little, and not a problem.

Furthermore (back to the design) the AMD has different registers for MMX instructions, where the Intel re-uses existing ones. This can result in a lot of swapping register-data as you use MMX and none-MMX instructions in random order. Another advatage of the K6.

Good luck,

Joachyz.
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I have a 200 AMD with MMX. It is an excellent processor and have had absolutely no problems with it. What matters is what the main use of your pc will be. If it is for the internet, Office apps and the like, AMD would be the choice. If it is going to be for games then I would lean towards the pentium. Just DO NOT go with a Cyrix
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