A couple of weeks ago we asked you which graphics card had lasted you the longest, and today we repeat the question but we focus on the processor, a component that has also undergone a very important evolution over the years, although its life cycle it has been lengthening noticeably.

You will understand it better with an example. When I had my first own PC, this one mounted a 133 MHz Pentium, a chip that became obsolete in a relatively short period of time, since shortly after acquiring the Intel team launched the variants with MMX technology, essential to move certain games, applications and content, and later introduced the Pentium II.

If I remember correctly, the purchase of my first PC occurred in late 1995, and MMX instructions and Pentium IIs arrived in 1997. From a strict point of view, the life cycle of that first PC was, in general, very short, that is, it was not limited to the processor, but to the team as a whole. You can extend its life with an S3 Virge 3D and with an expansion of RAM to 233 MHz, but from 1998 it was very difficult to find games that worked in acceptable conditions, and in early 1999 it practically ended its life cycle.

This is in stark contrast to how long the PC that I put together in January 2009 lasted, a computer that mounted a processor Core 2 Duo E8200 and a GeForce 9600 GT. I used it without problems for six years, until I finally decided to assemble a totally new equipment, based on a Core i5 4690K with 16 GB of RAM and a GTX 970.

Core 2 Duo E8200: a processor that is still very much alive

I still have this equipment that I assembled in 2009, although it is true that I hardly use it. Operating at stock frequencies (2.66 GHz) offers a pretty good result in Windows 10, thanks to 4 GB of RAM it is supported, and is perfectly viable for basic use (office automation, web browsing and games of the Xbox 360 and PS3 generation in HD resolutions or lower).

There is no doubt that the Core 2 Quad have aged much better thanks to its four cores but I have no complaints about the Core 2 Duo E8200. The setup I set up cost me under 600 euros and it gave me almost six years of pretty good useSince I was able to play at all times and I only had to give up specific titles when DirectX 11 started to standardize.

Most of the games from that time only two cores were used optimally, a reality that did not really change until the end of the Xbox 360 and PS3 life cycle, that’s why I was able to speed up the Core 2 Duo E8200 processor so much.

By cons, my first PC cost more than 200,000 pesetas (1,200 euros) and if it hadn’t been for the enlargement I did, it wouldn’t have lasted two years. Now it’s your turn, which processor has lasted you the longest? We read each other in the comments.


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