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Intel upgrades in OverDrive

Intel announces it is shipping Pentium OverDrive processors with MMX as high-performance upgrades for systems with "classic" Pentium processors.

Intel (INTC) today announced that it is shipping Pentium OverDrive processors with MMX technology as high-performance upgrades for systems with "classic" Pentium processors.

OverDrive processors are plug-in replacements for "classic" Pentium processors. In short, people with systems that have special "sockets" can pop out the old classic Pentium and replace it with the MMX Pentium OverDrive processor.

For information on whether a system supports a Pentium OverDrive processor upgrade, users should contact their PC manufacturer, local computer dealer, or check the Intel OverDrive Processor Upgrade Guide, the company said. The OverDrive Processor Guide contains over 2,500 computer model listings and is available on the Web at Intel OverDrive Processors.

The new Pentium OverDrive processors with MMX technology "provide higher levels of processor performance for existing applications and even better performance for media-rich applications designed for Intel's MMX technology," according to Intel. MMX technology is an enhancement that offers better performance than classic Pentium processors for multimedia applications such as communications, sound, and graphics. (Intel is an investor in CNET: The Computer Network.)

The company said the products being introduced today provide users the following upgrade paths:

  • A 100-MHz Pentium, upgraded with a Pentium OverDrive processor with MMX technology, runs at 166 MHz.

  • A 90-MHz Pentium, upgraded with a Pentium OverDrive processor with MMX, runs at 150 MHz.

  • A 75-MHz Pentium, upgraded with a Pentium OverDrive processor with MMX, runs at 125 MHz.

    Each Pentium OverDrive processor with MMX technology will also include a CD-ROM sampler featuring a free MMX technology software application, Intel said.

    On Intel's Media Benchmark, the Pentium OverDrive processor with MMX delivers approximately a 150 percent performance improvement when upgrading an existing 100-MHz Pentium processor-based PC with a 166-MHz Pentium OverDrive processor with MMX, the company claims.

    Intel's suggested list prices for the new series of Pentium OverDrive processors are as follows:

  • $499 for the Pentium OverDrive with MMX that upgrades 100-MHz Pentium-based systems to 166 MHz with MMX.
  • $399 for the Pentium OverDrive processors with MMX that upgrade 75- and 90-MHz Pentium-based systems to 125 and 150 MHz with MMX, respectively.