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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.
Probably something that used punch cards. Yes, I’m that old!
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
Hmm. For me the Cray 1 was the most powerful and the year after I was born the Cray X-MP would come around.
The Cray-1 for me.
Fastest PC in 1991 would've been a 80486DX to my understanding.
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