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USB support under DOS on intel 6-series chipstet? (Users)

posted by bretjohn(R) Homepage E-mail, Rio Rancho, NM, 30.11.2015, 19:53

> ... from my point of view intel CPU evolution slowed down last years a lot and
> if your programs are not heavily optimized to use newest instruction
> extension you wouldn't recognize significant speed difference (just some %
> at same freq.).

Yes, the "rules of thumb" on how to upgrade have changed a lot over the years, especially in the last decade or so. CPU technology has basically maxed out with clock speeds in the 3~4 GHz range, and things only get significantly faster with multiple cores and/or multiple CPU's. Of course, you need to write special new software to take advantage of the multiple-CPU technology, which doesn't help with current DOS software (or older software of any sort). Adding more memory doesn't help with DOS either, since DOS can't even take full advantage of the already standard GB's of memory that come with new computers.

They're working on newer CPU technologies that may have some promise, but they're still a long ways off and may not really work all that well in the end anyway. If speed is your primary concern, an SSD might be a pretty good way to upgrade right now (maybe better than any other option for the next several years, anyway).

 

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