The Pentium III is coming and Asus is showing the Marine Cool concept board – this happened on February 26th. Every day, PC Games Hardware takes a look back at the young but eventful history of the computer.
…1999: It’s not a revolution, the new processor that Intel is introducing on February 26: The Pentium III with its Katmai core is based less on a completely new architecture and more on its predecessor, the Pentium II aka Deschutes. Apart from the core clock, which has increased moderately to up to 500 MHz, the instruction set extension ISSE (later just called SSE) is the biggest change, but it still doesn’t bring any advantages without adapted programs. As before, the chip sits together with the 512 KiByte L2 cache on a circuit board, which is not accommodated in a socket on the mainboard, but in a slot called Slot 1. Only the successor Coppermine switches back to the more manageable socket.
… 2009: Asus is showing PC Games Hardware the “Marine Cool” concept mainboard for the first time at Cebit. Unfortunately, this study never went on sale, but the ideas were impressive: RAM chips soldered to the board should ensure a start even with incompatible or faulty plug-in RAM. A permanently installed lithium-polymer battery provides short-term bridging in the event of power failures, and the extensive cooling uses a ceramic plate in conjunction with heat-conducting tubes. It is said to be able to dissipate heat up to twice as quickly as conventional constructions. For more information, see the original article from PC Games Hardware Online.