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A reduced instruction set computer or risc r s k is one whose instruction set architecture isa allows it to have fewer cycles per instruction cpi than a complex instruction set computer cisc various suggestions have been made regarding a precise definition of risc but the general concept is that such a computer has a small set of simple and general instructions rather than . This is a response to the following question from david albert my mental model of cpus is stuck in the 1980s basically boxes that do arithmetic logic bit twiddling and shifting and loading and storing things in memory. Vintage computer chips and hardware intel pentium mechanical engineering sample cpus the intel 4004 64 bit risc cpus and an intel 8085 development kit