25 High Resolution Photos Of Iconic CPU Dies

You know the specs: the number of cores, base frequencies, the TPD. It’s easy to focus on the raw numbers and forget just how goddamn beautiful these things are, so here are 25 high-res images of CPU dies to help remind you:

Intel 80486DX2

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Intel 80486DX2 (Magnified)

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Alpha AXP 21064

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Alpha EV5

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AMD 80486DX4

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AMD AM486DX4

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AMD Athlon 64FX

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AMD Phenom (4 cores)

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AMD Barcelona (K10)

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AMD Opteron (6 cores)

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AMD FX-8350

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IDT R4600

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Intel 80287 FPU

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Intel i960

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Intel Atom (Silverthorne)

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Intel Core 2 Duo (Conroe)

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Intel D27256J-2 (256 kbit EPROM)

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Intel Itanium 9500 (aka. Itanic)

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Intel Pentium (P54C)

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Intel Xeon 5600 Series

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Motorola 68030

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Motorola 68040

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Motorola 68060

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ST M27C4002 (4 Mbit EPROM)

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Zylog Z80

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(via Reddit)