A Pentium® Butterfly would be really cool
Although there are other laptops currently on the market that utilize
the P5 processor (although many use the desk-side high power consumption
chip set), the Butterfly has an Intel
processor. There are two versions; one with the 50 MHz 486 DX2 (8K cache) and
one with the 75 MHZ 486 DX4 (16K cache).
Several vendors including
offer processor upgrades for the Butterfly. At this time,
it looks like the
Advanced Micro Devices
Am5x86(TM) @ 100 MHz
is available for about $400.
This is probably a fair price considering that the Butterfly's 486
processor is soldered in.
David Ross put together a nice report on
upgrades. He did some benchmarks before and after upgrading a
desktop 486 (for only $40!!). He seems to believe that since the 486 in
the Butterfly already has a good cache and FPU, it would not benefit as
much from a Am5x86 upgrade.
If you want a Pentium, here's some information on the
Related Craig's Butterfly pages:
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