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What was the fastest computer available when you were born?

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kouta Everything's gonna happy! from the details Relationship Status: Tsundere'ing
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Mar 17th 2017 at 7:39:40 PM

For me it's probably a Cray-1. Those were multi-million dollar supercomputers with only an 80MHz clock speed and 8MB of RAM. When I was a college freshman in 1996 I had a computer with those specs and it was an obsolete hand-me-down that was still somehow better than what the university I went to made available to students in the computer labs.

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Sep 22nd 2017 at 11:46:29 PM

Probably something that used punch cards. Yes, I’m that old!

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Sep 23rd 2017 at 3:47:32 PM

Outside milspec? Probably the Tandem-16/ T-16: the first really popular online network computer used in commercial banking and transactions. Without these babies, international transfers took weeks instead of a couple of days (depending on the traffic).

They helped birth the modern hole-in-the-wall, but your average smart-phone outpowers them quite handily.

edited 23rd Sep '17 3:48:27 PM by Euodiachloris

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Sep 26th 2017 at 4:51:19 PM

Hmm. For me the Cray 1 was the most powerful and the year after I was born the Cray X-MP would come around.

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Feb 5th 2018 at 11:45:42 PM

Fastest PC in 1991 would've been a 80486DX to my understanding.

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