NexGen Nx586 P90

Finally I have a running NexGen system! A VLB (Vesa Local Bus) motherboard paired with a Nx586 P90. I paired it up with a generic 16-bit ISA controller card, a 2GB disk loaded with MS-DOS 6.22 and a SPEA V7 Mirage VLB (based on S3 86C805-P). The BIOS settings are default (with most interesting being VLB 0WS) and everything is ready to go.

As I didn't have experience with NexGen before I didn't know what to expect. Of course I knew that Quake wouldn't run due the lack of a FPU but that's about it.

The first thing I noticed was it's tremendous and snappy performance on the DOS-prompt. It loads up really fast (yes, even DOS with it's small footprint has noticeable differences on relatively fast systems) and responds like madness. I quickly loaded up SysCHK and Vidspeed and got a whopping 108389 ASCII chars and 7440 bytes a second! Consider that it runs a VLB card from 1993 :). In comparison; a Pentium 100 using a Stealth 64 PCI does "just" 82471 ASCII chars and using Vidspeed L it outperfoms an Elsa Winner 1000PRO (S3 86C864) on a DX2/66. Not bad! I suspect the 42MHz bus (with VLB clocked accordingly) being the main factor in it's 'snappyness'.

However, it's fast performance on the DOS-prompt doesn't tell how fast the system is when running applications. See the benchmarks below which show that the NexGen is in the Pentium 60 or 486DX4/100 range. Keep in mind that NexGen had this setup running in 1994 (when the Pentium 60 and 486DX4/100 were considered high-end and the Pentium 90 for those who wanted the fastest CPU possible) and that NexGen was a new kid on the block regarding PC-processors. Also keep in mind that this CPU doesn't come with a FPU, which got standard with the 486/Pentium but was optional with the 386, so the DOSBench and whetcod benchmarks fall behind and I can't benchmark/run Quake.

Pity that NexGen got out of the game quickly (it was bought by AMD), but we can probably thank NexGen for having AMD still around. NexGen was the main factor in AMD's K6 CPU-line and without that the strong running K7 wouldn't have existed.

Specifications
Core / Codename
Clockfrequency
83MHz
Front Side Bus
41.5MHz
Multiplier
2x
vCore
?
L1 cache
16KB + 16KB
L2 cache
None
sSpec
?
Chip date
9437
Stepping
?
Socket
Transistor count
?
Condition
CPU only
Engineering sample?
No

Benchmarks
CPU (chipset) dhry1od (Dhrystone) score
K6 233ANR (430VX)
399.40
MII 300GP/66x3.5 (430VX)
372.45
Pentium MMX 233 (430VX)
338.53
Pentium MMX 200 (430VX)
304.05
Winchip 2 233 (ALi Aladdin 5)
301.54
6x86MX PR233 (ALi Aladdin 5)
288.63
Pentium 200 (430VX)
283.25
6x86MX PR200 (ALi Aladdin 5)
265.49
Pentium MMX 166 (430VX)
262.81
Pentium 166 (430VX)
241.87
6x86 P200+ (430VX)
238.70
Winchip C6 200 (ALi Aladdin 5)
231.72
K6 166ALR (430VX)
224.30
K5 PR166 (430VX)
224.02
Pentium 150 (430VX)
221.30
6x86 PR166 (430VX)
211.29
Pentium 133 (430VX)
204.87
6x86 P150+ (430VX)
192.73
K5 PR133 (430VX)
191.51
Pentium 120 (430VX)
186.23
K5 PR100 (430VX)
172.80
Pentium 100 (430VX)
160.89
K5 PR90 (430VX)
157.82
Pentium 90 (430VX)
145.47
5k86 P75 (430VX)
129.54
Am5x86 -P75 (UMC PCI)
127.54
Pentium 75 (430VX)
120.14
Pentium Overdrive 83 (UMC PCI)
118.42
Am486 DX4/120 (UMC PCI)
116.90
Nx586 P90 (NxVLB)
103.90
Am486 DX4/100 (UMC PCI)
96.98
Pentium 60 (Hendrixx)
96.98
Cx5x86 100GP (UMC PCI)
92.55
Kingston TC5x86 /133 (UMC PCI)
76.01
Cx486DX4 100GP4 (UMC PCI)
75.26
i486 DX4/100 (UMC PCI)
72.13
Am486 DX2/80 (UMC PCI)
70.92
i486 DX2/66 (UMC PCI)
60.95
ST486DX2 80GS (UMC PCI)
59.71
Cx486DX2 80GP (UMC PCI)
59.71
80486 80MHz (UMC PCI)
59.71
DX20ODPR 66 (UMC PCI)
59.23
i486 DX2/66 (UMC PCI)
59.23
Am486 DX2/66 (UMC PCI)
58.66
i486 DX50 (UMC PCI)
50.59
80486 66MHz (UMC PCI)
50.24
TI486DX2 G66 (UMC PCI)
50.24
Cx486DX2 66 (UMC PCI)
50.24
Am486 DX2/50 (UMC PCI)
49.16
i486 SX2/50 (UMC PCI)
49.09
i486 DX2/50 (UMC PCI)
49.09
ODP486SX 25 (UMC PCI)
49.09
DX2ODP 50 (UMC PCI)
49.09
i486 SX33 (UMC PCI)
33.48
i486 DX33 (UMC PCI)
33.17
Cx486DX 40GP (UMC PCI)
30.15
Cx486DRx2 33/66GP (UMC+Cx487)
27.85
i486 SX25 (UMC PCI)
25.12
i486 SX20 (UMC PCI)
20.10
Cx486DLC 33GP (ETEQ+387-40)
17.45
Cx486DLC 33GP (ETEQ)
17.45
Am386 DX33 (ETEQ)
14.55
Am386 DX33 (ETEQ+387-40)
14.55
Am386 SX40 (ALi M1217)
8.28
i386 DX25-IV (OPTi)
6.91
i386 DX25-IV (OPTi+387-40)
6.91
Am386 SX33 (ALi M1217)
6.86
i386 SX25 (WDC ISA)
6.28
CPU (chipset) Doom score
MII 300GP/66x3.5 (430VX)
105.94
Pentium MMX 233 (430VX)
102.32
6x86MX PR233 (ALi Aladdin 5)
98.54
K6 233ANR (430VX)
98.41
Pentium MMX 200 (430VX)
97.63
Pentium 200 (430VX)
93.71
Pentium MMX 166 (430VX)
91.64
6x86 P200+ (430VX)
90.97
K6 166ALR (430VX)
90.53
6x86MX PR200 (ALi Aladdin 5)
90.31
Pentium 166 (430VX)
88.08
K5 PR166 (430VX)
86.55
6x86 PR166 (430VX)
84.21
K5 PR133 (430VX)
80.83
Pentium 150 (430VX)
80.57
Pentium 133 (430VX)
80.23
Winchip 2 233 (ALi Aladdin 5)
78.21
6x86 P150+ (430VX)
77.08
K5 PR100 (430VX)
76.14
Pentium 120 (430VX)
73.44
K5 PR90 (430VX)
69.74
Pentium 100 (430VX)
69.16
Winchip C6 200 (ALi Aladdin 5)
68.59
Pentium 90 (430VX)
63.35
5k86 P75 (430VX)
58.35
Pentium 75 (430VX)
53.05
Am5x86 -P75 (UMC PCI)
45.24
Pentium 60 (Hendrixx)
44.72
Pentium Overdrive 83 (UMC PCI)
43.60
Kingston TC5x86 /133 (UMC PCI)
41.98
Nx586 P90 (NxVLB)
41.03
Cx5x86 100GP (UMC PCI)
40.12
i486 DX4/100 (UMC PCI)
39.62
Am486 DX4/100 (UMC PCI)
38.88
Am486 DX4/120 (UMC PCI)
38.30
Cx486DX4 100GP4 (UMC PCI)
35.75
Am486 DX2/80 (UMC PCI)
32.22
i486 DX2/66 (UMC PCI)
31.37
i486 DX2/66 (UMC PCI)
31.12
DX20ODPR 66 (UMC PCI)
31.10
Am486 DX2/66 (UMC PCI)
30.85
80486 80MHz (UMC PCI)
30.09
ST486DX2 80GS (UMC PCI)
30.07
Cx486DX2 80GP (UMC PCI)
30.07
TI486DX2 G66 (UMC PCI)
27.59
Cx486DX2 66 (UMC PCI)
27.58
80486 66MHz (UMC PCI)
27.54
i486 DX50 (UMC PCI)
26.17
ODP486SX 25 (UMC PCI)
24.59
i486 DX2/50 (UMC PCI)
24.58
DX2ODP 50 (UMC PCI)
24.58
i486 SX2/50 (UMC PCI)
24.56
Am486 DX2/50 (UMC PCI)
24.34
i486 SX33 (UMC PCI)
18.30
i486 DX33 (UMC PCI)
18.30
Cx486DX 40GP (UMC PCI)
17.86
i486 SX25 (UMC PCI)
14.06
Cx486DRx2 33/66GP (UMC+Cx487)
13.60
i486 SX20 (UMC PCI)
11.24
Cx486DLC 33GP (ETEQ+387-40)
7.86
Cx486DLC 33GP (ETEQ)
7.86
Am386 DX33 (ETEQ)
7.47
Am386 DX33 (ETEQ+387-40)
6.89
Am386 SX40 (ALi M1217)
4.68
Am386 SX33 (ALi M1217)
3.86
i386 DX25-IV (OPTi+387-40)
3.67
i386 DX25-IV (OPTi)
3.63
i386 SX25 (WDC ISA)
3.40
CPU (chipset) DOSBench score
Pentium 100 (430VX)
21577.00
Pentium 90 (430VX)
19734.00
K5 PR166 (430VX)
16460.00
Am5x86 -P75 (UMC PCI)
16295.00
Pentium 75 (430VX)
16147.00
Pentium Overdrive 83 (UMC PCI)
15764.00
Kingston TC5x86 /133 (UMC PCI)
15189.00
Am486 DX4/120 (UMC PCI)
15091.00
Cx5x86 100GP (UMC PCI)
15022.00
K5 PR133 (430VX)
14360.00
Cx486DX4 100GP4 (UMC PCI)
14159.00
K5 PR100 (430VX)
13836.00
Pentium 60 (Hendrixx)
13487.00
Am486 DX4/100 (UMC PCI)
12677.00
K5 PR90 (430VX)
12567.00
i486 DX4/100 (UMC PCI)
12256.00
Cx486DX2 80GP (UMC PCI)
11670.00
80486 80MHz (UMC PCI)
11670.00
ST486DX2 80GS (UMC PCI)
11670.00
5k86 P75 (430VX)
10355.00
Am486 DX2/80 (UMC PCI)
10241.00
TI486DX2 G66 (UMC PCI)
9765.00
Cx486DX2 66 (UMC PCI)
9674.00
80486 66MHz (UMC PCI)
9673.00
i486 DX2/66 (UMC PCI)
8727.00
Am486 DX2/66 (UMC PCI)
8613.00
DX20ODPR 66 (UMC PCI)
8519.00
i486 DX2/66 (UMC PCI)
8519.00
Am486 DX2/50 (UMC PCI)
6592.00
ODP486SX 25 (UMC PCI)
6590.00
DX2ODP 50 (UMC PCI)
6590.00
i486 DX2/50 (UMC PCI)
6590.00
i486 DX50 (UMC PCI)
6577.00
Cx486DX 40GP (UMC PCI)
5370.00
Cx486DRx2 33/66GP (UMC+Cx487)
5034.00
i486 DX33 (UMC PCI)
4425.00
Cx486DLC 33GP (ETEQ+387-40)
2698.00
Nx586 P90 (NxVLB)
1706.00
i386 DX25-IV (OPTi+387-40)
1348.00
Cx486DRx2 33/66GP (UMC)
706.00
i486 SX2/50 (UMC PCI)
632.00
Am386 DX33 (ETEQ+387-40)
567.00
i486 SX33 (UMC PCI)
424.00
V 20 (TurboXT+8087)
398.00
Cx486DLC 33GP (ETEQ)
357.00
V 20 (?+8087)
333.00
8088 -1-P (?+8087)
321.00
i486 SX25 (UMC PCI)
320.00
i486 SX20 (UMC PCI)
256.00
Am386 DX33 (ETEQ)
251.00
Am386 SX40 (ALi M1217)
200.00
Am386 SX33 (ALi M1217)
164.00
i386 SX25 (WDC ISA)
137.00
i386 DX25-IV (OPTi)
134.00
CS80C286 -20 (?)
107.00
NG80386SX -16 (?)
92.00
R80286 8 (?)
43.00
CG80286 6 (IBM 512k)
32.00
V 20 (TurboXT)
27.00
V 20 (?)
22.00
8086 -2 (IBM 8530)
18.00
8088 -1-P (?)
16.00
8088 D (?)
8.00
CPU (chipset) whetcod (Whetstone) score
Pentium MMX 233 (430VX)
156.34
K6 233ANR (430VX)
145.81
Pentium MMX 200 (430VX)
133.97
Pentium 200 (430VX)
132.63
Pentium MMX 166 (430VX)
111.78
Pentium 166 (430VX)
110.62
MII 300GP/66x3.5 (430VX)
109.85
Pentium 150 (430VX)
100.70
K6 166ALR (430VX)
89.44
Pentium 133 (430VX)
88.46
Winchip 2 233 (ALi Aladdin 5)
88.07
6x86MX PR233 (ALi Aladdin 5)
88.07
Pentium 120 (430VX)
80.57
6x86MX PR200 (ALi Aladdin 5)
78.54
6x86 P200+ (430VX)
67.34
Pentium 100 (430VX)
66.40
Pentium 90 (430VX)
60.51
6x86 PR166 (430VX)
59.82
Pentium Overdrive 83 (UMC PCI)
55.05
6x86 P150+ (430VX)
54.47
Pentium 75 (430VX)
49.84
Winchip C6 200 (ALi Aladdin 5)
41.11
Pentium 60 (Hendrixx)
39.89
K5 PR166 (430VX)
37.79
Cx5x86 100GP (UMC PCI)
37.60
Kingston TC5x86 /133 (UMC PCI)
33.58
Am5x86 -P75 (UMC PCI)
33.57
K5 PR133 (430VX)
32.38
K5 PR100 (430VX)
30.99
Cx486DX4 100GP4 (UMC PCI)
30.95
Am486 DX4/120 (UMC PCI)
30.22
K5 PR90 (430VX)
28.21
i486 DX4/100 (UMC PCI)
26.16
Am486 DX4/100 (UMC PCI)
25.18
ST486DX2 80GS (UMC PCI)
24.77
Cx486DX2 80GP (UMC PCI)
24.77
80486 80MHz (UMC PCI)
24.77
5k86 P75 (430VX)
23.23
80486 66MHz (UMC PCI)
20.64
TI486DX2 G66 (UMC PCI)
20.63
Cx486DX2 66 (UMC PCI)
20.63
Am486 DX2/80 (UMC PCI)
20.14
i486 DX2/66 (UMC PCI)
16.91
i486 DX2/66 (UMC PCI)
16.91
DX20ODPR 66 (UMC PCI)
16.90
Am486 DX2/66 (UMC PCI)
16.77
Cx486DX 40GP (UMC PCI)
13.13
i486 DX2/50 (UMC PCI)
12.68
ODP486SX 25 (UMC PCI)
12.68
DX2ODP 50 (UMC PCI)
12.68
i486 DX50 (UMC PCI)
12.68
Am486 DX2/50 (UMC PCI)
12.57
i486 DX33 (UMC PCI)
8.38
Cx486DRx2 33/66GP (UMC+Cx487)
6.79
Cx486DLC 33GP (ETEQ+387-40)
3.73
Am386 DX33 (ETEQ+387-40)
3.38
i386 DX25-IV (OPTi+387-40)
2.45
Nx586 P90 (NxVLB)
0.54
i486 SX2/50 (UMC PCI)
0.33
i486 SX33 (UMC PCI)
0.23
Cx486DRx2 33/66GP (UMC)
0.21
i486 SX25 (UMC PCI)
0.17
Cx486DLC 33GP (ETEQ)
0.15
i486 SX20 (UMC PCI)
0.14
Am386 DX33 (ETEQ)
0.12
Am386 SX40 (ALi M1217)
0.09
Am386 SX33 (ALi M1217)
0.07
i386 SX25 (WDC ISA)
0.06
i386 DX25-IV (OPTi)
0.06
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