2016 CPU Progression Thread


Supreme [H]ardness
Dec 16, 2006
Intel Pentium 66Mhz
AMD K7 600Mhz
Intel Pentium 4 1.7Ghz
AMD Athlon XP 2500+
Intel Pentium 4 3.0C
AMD Athlon X2 4600+
Intel Core 2 Duo E6420
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
Intel Core i7 2600k
Intel Core i7 4770k
Intel Core i7 5820k or Broadwell-E


Sep 3, 2004
AMD K5 116 mhz
AMD Athlon T-Bird 900 Mhz (huge boost, haha)
AMD Athlon XP 3000+
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 (my first dual core, I love this guy, felt a huge performance boost, still have it as a backup)
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (nice multitasking boost, in active use)
AMD Phenom II X4 840T (in active use)

I've had various CPU's in between but I don't really count them because they were sidegrades. I always wanted a Q6600, and from it onwards I have been pretty satisfied for light work/gaming and general usage, even on these older quads. The Phenom II machine is actually a pre-built HP system that had a failed hard drive and failed optical drive. The guy that had it was going to toss it. It had 3/4 dimm slots populated at 6GB, so I added another identical 2GB stick for 8GB, a GTX 960, and a 1 TB HD. It's now my everyday machine. Going to probably add an SSD as well. It's only has SATA2 interfaces, but the sequential increases I would gain from the newer SATA3 interface isn't a very big factor to me.


Oct 4, 2015
1982 Intel 8088 4.77 MHz (Family PC growing up - IBM Personal Computer)
1988 Intel 80386 20 MHz (Family PC - Dell System 310)
1989 Intel 80286 8 MHz (College-issued PC for me - Zenith)
1993 Intel 80486DX2 66 MHz (After college graduation - My first PC bought with my own money built with parts of my own choosing)
1996 Intel Pentium Overdrive 83 MHz (Replaced 80486DX2 66MHz)
1997 Intel Pentium MMX 233 MHz
1998 Intel Celeron 333 MHz overclocked to 450 MHz
1999 Intel Pentium II 500 MHz
2000 Intel Pentium II 700 MHz
2001 AMD Athlon 1.2 GHz
2002 AMD 2100+ 1733 MHz
2006 AMD FX57 2.8 GHz
2007 Intel E6850 2 core 3 GHz
2012 Intel i7 3820 4 core 3.6 GHz turbo 3.8 GHz (current PC)
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Oct 16, 2004
Intel Celeron 433 mhz
Intel Pentium 4 2.4B
Intel Pentium 4 2.4C
Intel Pentium 4 2.8C
AMD Athlon 64 x2 4200+
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Intel i7 920
Intel i7 2600K
Intel i7 4770K
Intel i7 5960X ES (DIED :( )
Intel i7 5820K


Jun 10, 2015
I started much later than some of you! Here's my list, to the best of my memory

Intel 486 DX2 50
AMD 5x86 133
AMD K6 166
AMD K62 500
AMD Athlon XP 2500+ (probably used this one the longest)
Intel Pentium 4 630
Intel Pentium D 945
Intel Pentium G850
Intel Xeon E3 1230 V2


[H]F Junkie
Sep 23, 2005
I have a bunch, I won't bother listing all of them and I doubt I'd compete with Dan :p

486 DX2
P166 (cyrix 166 too)
P2 450 (free upgrade)
P3 700
TBird 1400
Athlon 1800+
X2 4400+
X2 4850e
C2D 6300
C2Q 9450
i7 950
Pentium 3258
Xeon E3 V3

I didn't list the CPU's I didn't keep, or the ones I don't have in use (or used ever, have a few of them). My favorite was the 9450, ran at 3.6ghz since 2008 on a badass P5Q Pro board. I still have it running in my Plex box, best impulse buy ever.


Mar 21, 2013
AMD Athlon 64 3800+
Phenom II X4 965
i7 2600k
i5 3570k
i7 3770k
i7 5960x
i7 5820k
i5 6600k

I don't see myself upgrading the 5820k in the foreseeable future.


Mawd Gawd
Oct 25, 2000
25 years worth of CPU's in my main computer:

Intel 80286-12
Intel 80386 (can't remember model) :(
Intel 80486DX2-66
AMD 5x86-133 @160MHz
Intel Pentium II 233MHz
Intel Celeron 300A @450MHz
AMD Thunderbird 1400 @1750MHz
AMD XP1800
Intel Pentium 4 2.4c
Intel Pentium 4 3.06GHz
AMD Athlon 64 3400+
AMD Opteron 180
Intel Core 2 Duo E8200
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Intel i7 2600K
Intel Xeon E5-1650 V3


Limp Gawd
Aug 15, 2011
Intel Pentium 100MHz
Intel Pentium II 400MHz
Intel Pentium III 1,200MHz Tualatin
Intel Celeron 2.0GHz
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9775 (3.9GHz)
Intel Core i5 2500k (@4.8GHz)
Intel Core i5 6600k (@4.4GHz)


Sep 3, 2007
386DX 12MHz
486SX 25MHz
486DX2 66MHZ
Pentium 100MHz
Pentium II 266MHz
Duron 1000
Athlon XP 2400+
Athlon 64 2800+ 754
Athlon 64 3800+ 939
Athlon x2 3800+ 939
Athlon x2 5000+ BE AM2
C2D e6320
Athlon II x4 635
Phenom II x4 965 BE
Phenom II x6 1055T

Lots of overclocking between the Duron and the 965BE. Time for an upgrade soon I think, have had the 1055T since mid 2011 :eek:


Limp Gawd
Apr 5, 2007
Thanks for the bump Dan_D!

Sadly, my list hasn't changed from the last thread.

Intel 386 DX 25MHz
Intel Pentium 90MHz
Intel Celeron 733MHz
Athlon XP 2600+ @ Stock
Athlon XP 3000+ @ Stock
Athlon X2 4200+ @ Stock
Intel Core2Duo e6300 @ 2.8GHz
Intel Core2Duo e6400 @ 3.2GHz (It fried when my power supply took out my computer)
Intel Core2Duo e6400 @ 2.6GHz
Intel Core2Duo e8400 @ 3.6GHz
AMD Phenom II x4 955 @ Stock
Intel Core i7 2600k @ Stock
Intel Core i7 2630QM @ Stock
Intel Core i7 3630QM @ Stock


Limp Gawd
Apr 13, 2015
I'll limit my list to my primary / gaming PC. Ever since about '94 I've had multiple computers around, for both family and my personal use. To illustrate, I have a gaming rig, a backup gaming rig, and three laptops that are mine (one laptop is work issued), among about 20 functioning PCs in the house (including a trio of HP 2U servers in my four post rack). If I listed everything I've ever owned we'd be here all day.

486DX2/66 (had a commodore before this)
AMD 488DX2/80 @ 120MHz (first overclock)
Pentium 90MHz
Pentium 133MHz
Pentium MMX 233MHz
Duron 600MHz - overclocked to 900MHz
Duron 1.4GHz - overclocked to 2.2GHz and pencil modded to an Athlon XP
Sempron 3100+ 1.8GHz - overclocked to 2.25GHz
C2D E6300
C2D E8400
i5 2500k

Still rocking the i5 with no urge to upgrade. It is clocked at 4.6GHz and water cooled.


May 22, 2010
I always thought the CPU progression threads were fun. So here is an update for this year as I didn't want to engage in thread necrophilia.

My CPU progression:

Intel 8088 4MHz
Intel 80286 12MHz
Intel 386 SX 16MHz
Intel 386 DX 25MHz
Cyrix 486 DX2 66MHz
Cyrix 486 DX2 80MHz -(Still have)
IBM Blue Lighting 486 DX2 66GP -(Still have)
Intel 486 DX2 66MHz (Actually faster than my Cyrix 486 DX2 80MHz.) -(Still have)
Intel 486 DX4 100MHz
Cyrix 5x86 120MHz
Cyrix 5x86 133MHz
Cyrix 6x86 PR90+ (x2)
Cyrix/IBM 6x86 PR166+
Cyrix/IBM 6x86 PR200+
AMD K5 PR75+
Intel Pentium 60MHz -(Still have)
Intel Pentium 66MHz
Intel Pentium 75MHz
Intel Pentium 100MHz
Intel Pentium 133MHz (SY039 Stepping.)
Intel Pentium 150MHz
Intel Pentium 166MHz (x2, I still have one of these.)
Intel Pentium 200MHz
Intel Pentium MMX 166MHz
Intel Pentium MMX 200MHz
Intel Pentium MMX 233MHz -(Still have)
AMD K6 300MHz
AMD K6 II 400MHz
Intel Pentium Pro 150MHz (x4) -(Still have 1)
Intel Pentium Pro 180MHz (x2) -(Still have)
Intel Pentium Pro 200MHz (x1)
Intel Pentium II 233MHz -(Still have)
Intel Pentium II 266MHz
Intel Pentium II 300MHz
Intel Pentium II 333MHz
Intel Pentium II 350MHz
Intel Pentium II 400MHz
Intel Pentium III 450MHz
Intel Pentium III 500MHz -(Still have)
Intel Pentium III 550MHz (x2)
Intel Pentium III 800MHz
Intel Pentium III 1,000MHz (S370 Coppermine) -(Still have)
Intel Celeron 266MHz
Intel Celeron 300A (x4)
Intel Celeron 366MHz (x2)
Intel Celeron 533MHz (x2)
AMD Duron 900MHz
AMD Athlon 1.0GHz (Thunderbird)
AMD Athlon 1.2GHz (Thunderbird)
AMD Athlon 1.33GHz AXIA (Thunderbird) -(Still have)
AMD Athlon XP 3200+
Intel Celeron 2.0GHz
Intel Celeron 2.5GHz
Intel Pentium 4 1.4GHz (S423)
Intel Pentium 4 1.5GHz (S478) -(Still have)
Intel Pentium 4 1.6GHz
Intel Pentium 4 2.0A (2.0GHz)
Intel Pentium 4 2.4C (2.4GHz)
Intel Pentium 4 3.06GHz
Intel Pentium 4 3.0C
Intel Pentium 4 3.0E
Intel Pentium Model 550 (3.4GHz)
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (90nm)
AMD Athlon 64 3800+
AMD Opteron 246 (x2)
AMD Opteron 254 (x2)
Intel Pentium D 965 Extreme Edition (3.73GHz) -(Still have)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 (Still have)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 -(Still have)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 -(Still have)
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 -(Still have)
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9775 (3.2GHz) (x2) -(Still have both of these)
Intel Core i7 920 (C0/C1 stepping) (2.66GHz)
Intel Core i7 920 (D0 stepping) (2.66GHz) -(Still have)
Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 980X -(Still have, retired)
Intel Core i7 3930K (Server rig)
Intel Core i5 3570K (Was in Girlfriend's machine, now retired.)
Intel Core i7 5960X (@ 4.4GHz)
Intel Core i7 4770K (Girlfriend's CPU)
Intel Core i7 6700K (Accidentally destroyed, was to upgrade GF's machine.)

Mobile CPU Upgrade Progression:

Intel Pentium 166MHz
Intel Celeron 430 (Mobile) -(Still have)
Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 (Mobile) -(Still have)
Intel Core i7 3720QM (Current)

Intel 80286 (gave to helping hands not knowing what I was doing)
AMD K6 233 MHz (Parents old Computer they no longer have)
Intel Celeron 700 Coppermine (Parents old Computer they no longer have)
Intel Pentium III Coppermine Slot 1 533 MHz (short life due to chipped trace on L2 Cache on back)
Intel 386SX (gave to goodwill not knowing what I was doing)
Intel 486DX2 (Still have)
Intel Pentium III Coppermine 1 GHZ (Still have)
Intel Pentium III Coppermine 1 GHZ (Parents old Computer they no longer have)
AMD Duron 850 MHz
Intel Pentium OD 83 MHz (Still have)
Intel Pentium MMX 233 MHz (Still have)
Intel Pentium II OD 333 MHz (Still have)
Intel Pentium 4 Northwood 3.06 GHz (Short life due to broken pin)
Intel Pentium 4 Northwood 3.06 GHz (Replacement for first and still have)
Intel Pentium 4 Northwood 3.33 GHz Mobile (Used in Desktop and still have)
Intel Pentium 4 Northwood 3.46 GHz Mobile (Used in Desktop and still have)
Intel Pentium 4 Confidential Northwood 3.33 GHz (used in Desktop and still have)
Intel Pentium 4 Confidential Northwood 3.33 GHz (used in Desktop and still have)
Intel Pentium 4 Confidential Northwood 3.46 GHz (used in Desktop and still have)
Intel Pentium III-S Tualatin 1.4 GHz x3 (Still have)
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ socket 754 (No longer have)
Intel Core 2 Duo Wolfsdale 3.33 GHz Dual Core (sold)
Intel Core i7 965 3.2 GHz Quad Core (gave to friend)
Intel Core i7 975 3.33 GHz Quad Core (Sold)
Intel Core i7 980x 3.33 GHz Hexacore (Sold)
Intel Xeon 2.8 GHz MP Prestonia socket 603 x4 (Donated to College with Supermicro SC850P4 chassis and Supermicro P4QH6 motherboard)
Intel Xeon 2.8 GHz DP Gallaton socket 603 x2 (Donated to College)
Intel Xeon W5580 3.2 GHz Bloomfield x 2(Sold)
Intel Xeon E5603 1.6 GHZ Westmere EP x2 (Still have and supports more memory than Bloomfield)
Intel Xeon 3.2 GHz Quad Core Nehalem or Westmere (Parents Computer in Mac Pro late 2013 and still have)
Intel Xeon 3.2 GHz Quad Core Nehalem or Westmere (My Mac Pro Late 2013 and still have)
Intel Core i7 2630QM Mobile (Sold with device)
Intel Core i7 2760QM Mobile (Still have in device)
Intel Xeon 1650v2 3.5 GHz Hexacore (Still have)
Intel Xeon 2603v2 1.8 GHz Quadcore x2 (Still have)
Intel Core i7 4710MQ Mobile (Still have)
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Mar 12, 2007
Personal progression

AMD Athlon XP BARTON 2500+
AMD Athlon 64 2800+
-->(From this point I got a job xD)<--
Intel E8200
Intel Q9450
Intel i7 920
Intel i5 3570k

Before that I had (my fathers PC from my young days)

Intel 286
Intel 486
Intel Pentium II 400Mhz
Intel Pentium III 800Mhz

Getting the upgrade itch, but I want to wait for Cannon Lake


Sep 5, 2014
Damn you guys have good memories.. These are the ones I can remember, there are undoubtedly many missing:

TRS-80 Model 4P (The "portable" one)
Intel 286-12mhz (EGA)
IBM PS/1 286-10mhz (VGA, 2400baud, BBS's, CompuServ & AOL!)
Intel 486 SX-25
Intel Pentium 90
Intel Pentium MMX 233
Intel Pentium 2-266
Intel Celeron 300A beast overclocker (450mhz OC iirc)
AMD Athlon 750 (TBird)
Intel Celeron 1000
AMD Athlon 1333
AMD Athlon XP 1800
Intel Pentium 4 2.4C @ 3.0ghz
AMD Athlon X2 220
Intel i7-920 D0 @ 3.8ghz
Intel Xeon X5660 @ 4.2ghz
Intel i7-4790k


Limp Gawd
Jan 5, 2016
Sheesh. That's tough to remember. Here are the ones that I recall. Not counting the Commodore VIC-20, C-64 and some Tandy.
Intel 286 - took my virginity
Intel 386 or two in there
Intel 486DX4
AMD K6-2-something (and who could forget the 3dfx Voodoo2 that was around this time!)
Intel Celeron 300a - stupid slot CPU era... but the 440BX chipset was great!
- More AMD in here somewhere...
- More Intel in here too. Builds were going on about every 6 months
Intel Q6600 (still have, not used, should get linux install soon)
Intel 2600K (soon to be #2 box)
Intel 2500 (was JBOD, now HTPC)
Intel 5820K (sitting on the table hoping to come alive later tonight (3/4/2016). CPU goes in mobo, rum goes in me.)

There will be others, but never a Cyrix or Apple.


Limp Gawd
Jan 21, 2008
Hmm... I'd have to spend time rummaging through debris but it's a short list so I'm sure this is accurate.
MOS Technology (Commodore 64)
Intel 386sx
AMD 486DX4 100
Intel Celeron 333 - Enjoyed the novelty of the slot processors, overclocked it for a good while
AMD Duron 700
AMD Athlon 1200
AMD Athlon XP 2100 - took SIX RMAs with bzboyz to get one without bent pins, ran hot as ****
AMD Athlon X2 5200+
Intel E8400
Intel 4670K


May 9, 2008
Pentium II
Athlon Thunderbird 800 mhz
Athlon XP 2500
Athlon 3800+
Athlon 3800 X2
Core 2 duo 6600
Core 2 duo e7500
Core 2 Quad 8200
Core 2 Quad 9550 @ 3.8
Core i7 2600k @ 4.4


Jul 9, 2004
For the sake of keeping my list short--here are the ones that were mine not including family or anything.

486 @ 25mhz
PIII @ 500 mhz (hellova upgrade)
Athlon 2600M
Athlon X2 4800
Intel i5 2300 Sandybridge

My HTPC currently has a G2020, but it isn't a gaming rig yet.


Nov 11, 2001
486 DX2 66 Mhz
Pentium 233 MMX
Pentium II 400 MHz
Pentium III 450 Mhz
Pentium III 667 MHz (133bus)
Dual Pentium III 800 Mhz EB (Abit VP6)
Athlon Thunderbird 1333 MHz
Athlon XP 1700+
Pentium 4 2.0A Northwood (i850 w/ RAMBUS)
Pentium 4 2.4C
Pentium 4 2.8E
Pentium 4 540 (3.2 GHz)
Athlon X2 4200+
Core 2 Duo E6600
Core 2 Quad Q9300
Core i7 920
Core i7 2600k
Core i7 3960k
Core i7 5960X
Mar 29, 2012
1993: Intel 486DX 33MHz
1998: AMD K6-2 350MHz
2003: AMD Athlon XP 1800+
2006: AMD Athlon XP 3200+
2007: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300
2008: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600

2011: Intel Core i7-2600K
2012: Intel Core i7-3770S

1999: AMD K6-2 300MHz
2002: Intel Celeron M 1.06GHz (Tualatin)
2010: Intel Core i7-720QM 2.80GHz (Clarksfield)
2013: Intel Core i5-3317U 2.60GHz (Ivy Bridge)

2006: Intel Pentium III 550MHz
2012: ARM1176JZF-S 700MHz

2014: ARM Cortex A9 1.5GHz (wouldn't let me replace Android with Linux, stupid U-boot, WM8880, long story)
2015: Intel Celeron 900 2.2GHz (Penryn)
2016: Intel Celeron N2808 2.25GHz (Bay Trail)

Italic text indicates computers I no longer own. Bold text indicates my best machine in each category.


Limp Gawd
Feb 8, 2016
Apple 2
(CPUs I purchased myself)
Pentium 233mmx
Celeron 366@450Mhz
Duron 600@900Mhz
Pentium 4 1.8Ghz @2.4Ghz
AMD Barton 2500Mhz
Core 2 Duo E4400@3Ghz
i7 920@4.4Ghz (The goat CPU - I ran that from 2009-2013. I still use the platform to this day)
i7 4770k@4.4Ghz
Xeon 5660@4.6Ghz (The most fun I have ever had overclocking with a chip. I enjoyed it so much, I actually migrated my video cards and power supply into it and made it my main rig. At 4.6Ghz, it is the equivalent of a stock 5820k)

(CPUs I have in the lab)
We were gifted a bunch of e7-4850v2 CPUs as part of a donation program with the university. Unfortunately, most of the motherboards we have don't work, and I don't know where to get boards that are compatible with e7 chips)


Jul 23, 2007
Intel 8086 1984 vintage
various 486
AMD 486 120Mhz
AMD Athlon xp
AMD Athlon 64
Amd opteron single core
Intel celeron Coppermine 600Mhz 1Ghz Overclock
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Still have
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Still have
Intel i5 2500K

Some others I can't remember one with Slocket adaptor :)

The 486 AMD 120Mhz was a strange one as it was the time intel pentiums was all the rage.


Aug 10, 2006
386 40 mhz
486 dx4 100
Pentium II 300
Dual Pentium 3 550
Dual Pentium 3 1 ghz
Dual Pentium 3 1.4 ghz
Dual Pentium 4 1.6 ghz overclocked to 3 ghz.
Dual Xeon 5130 2 ghz dual core
Dual Xeon 5440 2.8 ghz quad core.
Dual Xeon 2680v2 2.8 ghz 10 core


Supreme [H]ardness
May 24, 2000
Pentium 60
Pentium 233 MMX via PowerLeap adapter
Athlon 700 Slot A (only CPU I've ever cooked)
Athlon 700 Slot A (900 core)
Athlon XP 1600+
Athlon XP 1600+ AGOIA
Athlon XP 1700+ DLT3C T-Bred B
Athlon XP-M 2400+ Mobile Barton
Athlon 64 3200+ Clawhammer CG
Athlon 64 3700+ Clawhammer
Core 2 Duo E6300
Core 2 Duo E6600
Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 SLACR
Core i5-2500K
Core i7-5820K
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Nov 7, 2006
Intel 8088
Nec V20
Amd Am386dx40
Intel 486sx33
Cyrix 6x86-133
Amd K6-133
AMD K6 2-250
AMD Athlon 600
AMD dual palomino Athlon 1200 (wanted an AMD chipset, which meant dual)
AMD Athlon64 3200+ (G0)
Intel q6600 (3ghz passive!)
Intel Penryn (E6400?) 2.66 ghz Mac
Intel i5-2320 (server)
Intel i7-3770 (non k)
Intel i7-4770K desktop + i5-4570T server
Intel i7-5775C desktop + i7-4790 (non k) server
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[H]ipster Replacement
Sep 29, 2001
These are just my main systems that I used daily. I've had a lot more systems, but those were usually sold or traded.

Motorola 68030 25mhz Amiga 3000
Motorola 68040 28mhz Amiga 2500 with GVP accelerator card
Cyrix 166+
Pentium 133Mhz
Pentium 200MMX
Pentium II 266Mhz
Celeron 300Mhz (oc'd to 400Mhz)
Pentium II 450
Pentium III 500Mhz
Pentium III 733Mhz
Pentium III 1Ghz
Motorola 68040 25Mhz Amiga 3000T
Pentium 4 2.4Ghz Main machine then made into HTPC
Pentium 4 3Ghz
Pentium 4 3.4Ghz
Core2Duo E8400
Pentium E5200 HTPC
Core2Duo E6700 HTPC
Core2Quad Q9400
Core2Quad Q6600
i7 870
i7 2600K
i7 3770K (still have this)
Core2Quad Q9550 (upgraded a friend to a 4770K and got his old parts, used this as my HTPC)
i7 4790K (Still have this)

I still have a bunch of the old ones in box.
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Fully [H]
Jun 11, 2004
TMS 9990
Intel 486SX
Intel 486DX/2-66
Intel Pentium 90
Intel Pentium 233MMX
Intel Celeron 300a
Intel Pentium III
AMD Athlon 2500+
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400+ (still kicking)
Intel Haswell i5 4690K


Intel 486SX 25
Intel Core 2Duo 1.8Ghz (friend still uses it a Dell Vostro 1400)
Intel Core i3 (Ivory Bridge)
Intel Core i5 (Sandy Bridge)
Intel Core i5 (Ivory Bridge)

Intel Baytrail Atoms in Venue 8 Pro x2
Intel i5 4300Y in Dell Venue 11 Pro