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Fifth Generation Processors

The fifth generation of processors saw several changes from earlier CPU families, and several trends continue as well. Chips continued to get faster and faster, and architectural changes were made to increase overall system speed as well. AMD and Cyrix developed their own compatible processors instead of just trying to clone Intel's, leading to more variety and choice in the marketplace. The Pentium and the compatibles that followed it opened up the world of computers for millions of users and propelled computing to the next level.

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