V20 processor

Fred Cisin cisin at xenosoft.com
Sat Dec 5 12:41:56 CST 2009

> > clock cycle over the 8088... IIRC it's supposed to be between 10-20%
> > faster or something like that.

On Sat, 5 Dec 2009, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> Depends on the instruction mix--some things are much faster; others
> not so much.  I may still have some benchmark data in my V20 file
> that sheds some additional light if you're curious.

If you let me design the race-course, I can beat a Ferrari with a 1950's
VW bus.    Or, to be closer to on-topic:
If you let me design the benchmark, I can prove that a TRS80 is faster
than a current Dell.

> I do recall that the gain was perhaps barely noticeable on a standard
> IBM 5160 and gave ridiculous indication on the Landmark SPEED test.

Landmark was extremely popular with vendors, because it made the most
trivial enhancements seem major.

Although it was CLOSE, usually acceptably so, it was not COMPLETELY
plug-in compatible.  For example, the Gavilan required some trivial
hardware mods to use it.

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