Plenty of people will bring up the Pentium FDIV bug here, but the reason we didn’t include it is simple: Despite being an enormous marketing failure for Intel and a huge expense, the actual bug was tiny. It impacted no one who wasn’t already doing scientific computing and the scale and scope of the problem in technical terms was never estimated to be much of anything. The incident is recalled today more for the disastrous way Intel handled it than for any overarching problem in the Pentium microarchitecture.
We also include a few dishonorable mentions. These chips may not be the worst of the worst, but they ran into serious problems or failed to address key market segments. With that, here’s our list of the worst CPUs ever made.
Intel’s Desktop TDPs No Longer Useful to Predict CPU Power Consumption
Intel's higher-end desktop CPU TDPs no longer communicate anything useful about the CPUs power consumption under load.
VIA Technologies, Zhaoxin Strengthen x86 CPU Development Ties
VIA and Zhaoxin are deepening their strategic partnership with additional IP transfers, intended to accelerate long-term product development.
How L1 and L2 CPU Caches Work, and Why They’re an Essential Part of Modern Chips
Ever been curious how L1 and L2 cache work? We're glad you asked. Here, we deep dive into the structure and nature of one of computing's most fundamental designs and innovations.
Every CPU, GPU, and Console Debut This Fall Was Effectively a Paper Launch
Every CPU, GPU, and console launch since midsummer has effectively (if not technically) been a paper launch for the majority of consumers who wanted the hardware.