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Fourth Generation Processors

The fourth generation of processors saw rapid growth in the CPUs' power and capabilities, and the introduction of several new technologies as well. It was here that AMD and Cyrix had their first real early successes in not just emulating Intel's designs but coming up with real value leaders of their own, at the top end of the fourth generation scale. Also, it was at this time that the new phenomenon of upgradable processors and standardized motherboard sockets began to become prevalent.

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