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Dear CPU Scorekeeper

I am trying to decide on which CPU would be the better upgrade.

I am currently using a Cyrix6x86L PR200+, with 96Megs of EDO RAM, under Win98. I will be upgrading my 4Meg video card to a 24Meg one. The only problem I have with the Cyrix chip is the compatibility with games.

For a lot of the games, extra drivers are needed or in some cases they will not install at all, because the CPU is not a Pentium. I can live with this if there is a noticeable performance difference between the Pentium-233MMX and Cyrix-300MII. As both run at 233MHz. I use my computer mostly for gaming.

Please help me with making the right choice.
- - Raezor, July 1999

See the questionCPU Scorekeeper Responds

For Pentium compatibility, nobody beats Intel--they invented it. Though Cyrix has, in the past, been on top of fixes and patches to ensure its CPU's worked with all the latest games and software, its troubled management of late puts such continued support in an uncertain light. Upgrading to the latest MII-433 would be double the speed of a Pentium-233MMX. But potential compatibility issues would make this a risky choice.

For gaming, the Intel Pentium is king unless you can afford an Athlon system from AMD. Your Socket-7 upgrade solutions are limited in the Pentium line, however. If your motherboard can directly support (or indirectly, through a PowerLeap converter or similar) an AMD K6-III, you could achieve at least three times the performance of the fastest Pentium MMX. Check the CPU Comparator to see the difference.

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