Well it was actually yesterday. One of the most recognized names in the world today, the Pentium turned 20 yesterday. It probably also made Intel a household name, and with the ad blitz in the 90’s, that ‘Intel Inside‘ tone (you know that it…you probably just hummed it), and the ‘Intel Inside’ stickers, everyone pretty much know’s what an Intel Pentium is.
I remember my first Pentium, it was a 133 MHz. It was leaps and bounds better than the 486DX PC I had prior, and this was running Windows 95, which, looked more modern than DOS. I then moved on to a 166 MHz WITH MMX technology. I then jumped to a 733 MHz Pentium 3, which was totally amazing. That was also the first full PC I had built from the ground up. A 1 GHz Pentium 3 on the Tualatin core was my next and last CPU before running AMD‘s Athlon XP CPU line for several years, then jumping back to Intel with the Pentium D dual core. Ran it for a bit, before picking up a Core 2 Quad, which was a workhorse for me until earlier this year when I upgraded to a current generation Intel i5 Ivy bridge.
Anyway, I was going to do a longer post, but I feel like crap right now, and I can barely stay up right to even post this. Enjoy Wierd Al’s Pentium song, and enjoy some related articles below.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpMvS1Q1sos]
- Intel Pentium turns 20 today, reminds us they don’t build ’em like they used to (video) (engadget.com)
- Intel’s Pentium Chip Turns 20 Today (Slashdot) (hardware.slashdot.org)
- Intel’s Pentium launched 20 years ago today (adafruit.com)