darry wrote on 2021-01-19, 21:32:
I imagine that at least some 486DX2-40 chips coukd be overclocked to 50 or even 66 MHz . […]
rmay635703 wrote on 2021-01-19, 20:59:
At least you could overclock every 16mhz sx to 50mhz […]
darry wrote on 2021-01-19, 20:27:
This one is more pointless, IMHO, ecpecially considering the 1991 release date .
At least you could overclock every 16mhz sx to 50mhz
The dx2-40 did serve one purpose
They used less power in laptops which is where they eventually ended up when dx2-66s were mainstream
but one wonders why they needed the clock multiplier to do that?
I imagine that at least some 486DX2-40 chips coukd be overclocked to 50 or even 66 MHz .
My thought about the 486SX-16 part was why would Intel bother releasing a part that was probably barely competitive with a 386DX-25 ?
convenient but not that cheap overdrive upgradability down the line ?
Why offer a dx2-40 that is barely competitive with a dx33?
(In reality if the dx33 has VLB, it likely wasn’t)
Intel had its arm twisted by Dell to make a 16mhz sx to slot in the significant gimped value 486 segment, because reasons
Dells plans obviously didn’t work out (very few 16’s exist)
and Intel made cash by relabeling other sx chips as 16mhz just for Dell who is the only reseller I know of that carried them.
Yes it was a way to save cash and have an upgradable unit later on but from what I remember the SX16 in question wasn’t priced all that well and didn’t make sense even then
Considering $2000 16mhz, 1992, 2mb Ram, onboard 256k vga made for a slug with limited ISA upgradability