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Do you remember PC hardware "milestones" in the recent past ?


My personal ones:


The Intel Pentium MMX "equivalent" AMD K6 MMX Processor:

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(after that Release the CPU world is never the same....)



GeForce 256 with transform and lighting hardware:

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(also the same,after that Release.......)



and of course this great kind of "connecting" devices:


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Well, here is my list:
486DX because it had a co-processor which suddenly made games run really well.
Gravis Ultrasound because of wavetable synthesis.
3dfx Voodoo 1 because it could run Quake at unimaginable resolution (640x480) at unimaginable fps (60)
Trackpads. The first one I saw and got was a standalone one meant for the COM port. I found it in Tokyo, it seemed like magic.
ADSL, what a huge leap after 56k modems!
Raspberry PI as stated above.
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If you ever have to go back and use any old computer hardware, one of the first things you miss is probably gonna be USB. We take it for granted now, but it's such a versatile and powerful development in computing.. and now not just computing it's used everywhere.

Other than that, I think I'm gonna go with the ubiquitous SID chip in the C64. Still holds up today for some of the nicest music you'll ever hear.
 
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I could see why someone would prefer the Atari sound, to me the SID had something a bit more musical and the POKEY was a bit too clean and sterile.

This is a good comparison video

 
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