February 1997 brought yet another front-page mention of MMX, this time as the feature story. For those too young to remember from the first time around (most of you, probably), MMX was short for “MultiMedia eXtensions” and was a set of CPU instructions that made certain multimedia/gaming related tasks faster.
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March 1997 brought us the first look at USB peripherals, more talk of 3D Accelerators, a column critical of Microsoft’s fledgling “Direct X” gaming API and a look into the decline and fall of IBM’s poor OS/2.
During the era of single-threaded CPUs, speed really was everything. You damn well noticed a 50% or 100% jump in CPU speed, and each new version of Windows or Photoshop reminded you how you could always use more power.