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Apple The "Macs are too expensive" argument is one of the most tiresome and long-lived flamewars in internet history. Obviously, Apple makes a premium product and charges premium prices, and you can always find a computer from another vendor that seems to match or exceed specs that costs less. But if you look at Apple's Mac Pro line, and compare it not so much to other vendors, but to the past lineup of Mac Pros, you discover some very unpleasant truths that help explain why Apple is enjoying record earnings for their Mac line, but doing so to the detriment of some its most loyal and valuable customers.
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RE: Computing has changed
by TheGZeus on Fri 6th Aug 2010 19:36 UTC in reply to "Computing has changed"
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Processors in 'workstations' et al are gaining cores, and are still gaining ghz vs the privious generations.

Graphics cards? Yeah, gpgpu has alot of buzz now, but without open SDKs and cross-graphics-card APIs (OpenCL support from anything is currently vaporware), developers will _not care_, unless they're already using CUDA, and I do mean already. Anyone who needs gpgpu _now-now-now_ already has a 'supercomputer' of some kind, and is tuning their oceanic/space/geologic simulation for better performance as I type.
No one will write anything that matters for one platform any more (anything using OpenCL basically has to use OSX, and anything that's OSX-exclusive is geared for... morons. (I'm not saying all OSX users are morons, but anyone writing code for that platform alone is writing stuff that can be found in cross-platform software, but is shiny) CUDA works on nVidia only). A closed SDK will turn off nearly all Linux devs, and I'm sure a large number of devs have been turned off to such things by being forced into XCode.

RAM? I use 512mb on average. Were I using a full desktop environment I'd use maybe 1.5gb, and that's assuming I was using that desktop's default application set, rather than what I use now.
Do the other big systems use more RAM? Yeah, wastefully. Why do I say wastefully? Because they're not doing anything more! Shiny effects? KDE4 has them. Heck, Compiz does a decent imitation of OSX. _Less_ default functionality? Written for _one architecture?_ The resource usage for Windows and OSX are certifiable insanity.

Sorry, computing will be CPU-bound for the next decade.

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