This is my latest project. Some people asked me about doing CPU tree, cause they liked graphics cards version. Well years passed and still noone did CPU version. So because i'm still unemployed (no IT work found in my area), i said myself lets do it. Anyone can help. This will be bigger project than graphics tree and i will need help for sure. Closer info and discussion can be found on CPU-World forums.
If you feel brave enough for helping, just choose your favourite CPU maker and tell us on CPU-World forum. Sample file for VUE editor can be downloaded in attachments. Will update also big version with all parts connected (you can start also by editing this bigger file) - can be downloaded here. Last updated full file size picture can be seen/downloaded here. If you dont like editing in VUE, you can still send text info about cpu and i will add them. So far these people are working on:
Vlask - everything except stuff that these people did:
achtung049 - Compaq, DEC, HP.
henriok - PPC/POWER.
Tralalák - VIA.
09-01-2015: Added Nec.
08-24-2015: Added Mostek and Intergraph.
08-23-2015: Added Fairchild Semiconductor.
08-22-2015: Added Signetics. Updated Intel with Quark.
08-19-2015: Added Ross Technology.
08-18-2015: Added Acorn Computers (now known as ARM).
08-04-2015: Added Chips and Technologies, MIPS Technologies and Quantum Effect Devices/PMC-Sierra.
07-29-2015: Added Moscow Center of SPARC Technologies, UMC and updated Texas Instruments with x86 clones.
07-27-2015: Added Fujitsu, Loongson, Nvidia and ShenWei.
07-25-2015: Added Texas Instruments, Rise Technology and Western Design Center.
07-24-2015: Added MOS Technology, Transmeta and NexGen.
07-22-2015: Added Cyrix and Sun.
07-19-2015: Added Zilog, Motorola and National Semiconductor. AMD updated with Geode, Elan and Athlon SFF.
07-16-2015: Basic AMD tree done.
07-10-2015: Basic Intel tree done.
06-28-2015: First draft and info page made.
Many of you maybe already noticed, that we missing good graphics card info software. There are only few ones and almost all of them are not usefull for people with retro cards. Lets see what we have....
HWinfo - http://www.hwinfo.com - its free, but shows only basic info and usefull only for modern cards.
GPU-Z - http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/ - well known free software used everywhere. Sadly it works only on Win XP SP3 and never OS, requires installed card drivers to show all info and its useless for anything older than year 2000. Author won't support older cards in future. It will be pointless anyway, because most of these cards won't have drivers for these modern OS.
PowerStrip 2.78 - http://entechtaiwan.com/util/ps2.shtm - very old shareware, that is supported only in Win9x/2000. New version drops support for old cards. It was most common software used for overclocking less known cards. But many cards missing info and clocks are not always right.
Aida64 - http://www.aida64.com - being still developed shareware info tool. Today its best available software showing not only info about your cards, but also DirectX functions and OpenGL extensions. Another great thing is that its still working in Windows 98. Sadly also this sofware isn't perfect, because it still have sometimes blank info pages at some old cards. And thats why i writed this short article.
I was doing recently small tests of 1st generation 3D cards (43 of them) in mine collection compared with some other mostly OEM chips. So i also saved and updated reports from these cards on site. Not all cards were supported by Aida so i sended one report to Aida developers to see their reaction. They thanked for report and said, that support of pre GPU (=anything older than Geforce 256) cards is mostly accidental and they are not planning to extend it for any old not supported cards. This means that we probably never see any software capable of showing clocks and info about old cards in our collections and retro PC. Aida was mine last hope, but its lost now. Chances for finding someone new doing info software are next to none.
Here is mine email and reply i got.
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Oak OTI087x PCI and VL-Bus chips in tests are 2D parts of Diamond Viper PCI/VLB cards.