|DISCLAIMER The following rant is only my opinion.|
I think that the term x86 has become almost meaningless, say, maybe, immediately after 486's. Or maybe 586's, I don't know.
Sorta like (when I was actually young), cars:
"Hey buddy what kinda mota' ya got in there?"
Well, TECHNICALLY speaking, the only "mota" in the car is fer when I turn on the wipers or the heater. However, the ENGINE in this here (former) Toyota landcruiser is a '71 Dodge 340.
"Hey, that thing is SICK."
Well, when I was a kid, it somebody told me that, and I'd just kicked their tail in a little, uh, street thing, I'd'ha punched 'em one.
However, according to the "chopper" boys on 'der TV, bein' "sick" is apparrently "cool", "hot," or whatever your word is now for OK.