Re: 1996 - a lesson from history
Pretty sure that quite a few of those products were before 1996, and quite a few did more than one instruction per cycle. Some of them even ran Windows NT, while it was permitted.
Intel's answer to RISC was going to be IA64, because a 64bit x86 couldn't be done.
Well, it looks quite likely that AMD64 will be around rather longer than IA64.