Summary: AMD set the bar high with the K6 processor. What can be said that hasn't been said before? Sure, in the modern world it's a dinosaur but I still use it everyday in my antique Compaq Presario running Windows 98se and I multi-task like crazy burning CD's with dual CD-R/RW drives, surfing the web, writing scripts/files/documents and man that ole K6 just pulls the load like there's nothing to it.
Summary: To date I have built no less then four systems around the "AMD K6 II" w/3-D Now! Technology, and have been more than happy with all of them. Two of the chips are 500MHz, one is 350MHz, and the last is a 300MHz. All of them have between 500 kilobytes - 1-megabyte of level II cache on the motherboard, 96 megabytes of RAM, and a 6.0 gigabyte hard drives.
Excerpt: I had a K6/2 in my computer about 5 years ago. It was the cornerstone of the PC enthusiast scene for a long time, due to the performance being up there with the pentiums, for around half the price. The Socket 7 motherboards this chip ran on were the first to embrace new design philosophies of ATX and various user friendly improvements like colour coded connectors, jumperless setup, BIOS screens that didn't require a manual to understand.
Excerpt: Like the Titanic it may faulter, though with much less warning. I currently am running an AMD k6-2 550Mhz processor and there is an occasional hault in progress and in more extreme cases a total reset. I on many occasions have been browsing or word processing and the processor decides to switch itself off, then on, then off yet again then nothing, it freezes.
Excerpt: The k6 2 range of processors by AMD are a very good and reliable chip, the price factor and overall reliability make them a very goo alternative to the pentium processors. I am using the k62 500 on a gigabyte ga5ax m/board at present and in my opinion it performs amazingly well in gaming and general day to day use. I also build computers and we still have a great demand for this type of chip as its reputation is that good.
Excerpt: I have a now rather outdated AMD K6 II 400, I have clocked it up to 450MHz and it still runs fine, it hardly ever crashes and my system which has 128MB RAM runs nearly as fast as new 800Mhz celerons! Ok its no Pentium III or Athlon butfor the money I can’t fault it. I normally upgrade my CPU every year but ive had this one for 2 years and it still doesn’t need updating!
Excerpt: Why bother writing about a processor that's almost at the end of it's shelf life? Mainly because of DooYoo. I've read a couple of opinions that seem to promote this processor and I have to ask why (if this op upsets those reviewers then I'm sorry, but this is my opinion). It's stuck in a motherboard format that is not much longer for this world, it's slow and at 550Mhz it's reached the absolute limit of it's speed.
Excerpt: At some point last year, well more than a year ago, I decided that I needed to boost the speed of my computer a bit. I didn’t want to spend too much; I only really wanted to upgrade my processor. I had a look at what was on the market and I was quite restricted as the motherboard I had was quite old. It was a choice between an Intel chip, I am not sure what this was, and an AMD chip. In the end what made up my mind was the price of the AMD K6-2 500 it was only £40.
Excerpt: I bought my new PC a year ago with the AMD on board, all was well, until I consistently started getting VXD VMM errors on the Blue Screen of Death, and illegal operations. Calls to tech support, driver upgrades you name it, I tried it. Now I'm no techie in desperation I copied the Fatal exception text into Google and was taken to: http://www.tek-tips.com/gviewthread.cfm/lev2/67/lev3/70/pid/615/qid/3863 where I read message after message of the troubles of other AMD...