- Oct 29, 2000
I am and always was a huge fan of the Pentium Pro. It was awesome back in its day. I still own three of them. One 150MHz CPU and two 180MHz CPUs that were both overclocked to 200MHz every day I used them on an Intel PR440FX motherboard.
My recollection is that the Pentium Pro did one thing absolutely brilliantly, and that one thing was to execute 32bit code.
Only problem was that very few people were actually doing that in the 90's.
Sure, Windows 95 was 32 bit, so it was technically possible, but most software people ran under Windows 95 was still 16bit, meaning that for most people a Pentium Pro was really just a very expensive regular pentium.
It was only later we appreciated how great it was, when 32bit code became the norm.