Linked by David Adams on Mon 19th Sep 2011 16:51 UTC, submitted by estherschindler
Intel With the Xeon 7600 line, Intel is finally using the 'R' word: RISC. It's targeting the mission-critical market dominated by Sun SPARC and IBM Power with the new chips, a first. Can the Xeon E7 processor deliver Intel's final blow to the RISC market, which includes its own Itanium?
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Can you find a SPARC or POWER processor with similar performance/price ratio as a modern x86_64 part?

Interesting facts:

IBM POWER6 servers was several times faster than x86 cpus, and costed 5-10x more.

Latest IBM POWER7 servers is 10% faster than Intel Westmere-EX and costs only 3x more.

Future POWER8 will be slower than x86? Then IBM has to lower the price even more, so POWER8 costs 2x as much as x86 servers. Why would you then buy POWER8 servers, if they are slower and more expensive? IBM does only high margin business, and kills off low margin business. POWER is going to be low margin.

IBM Unix dialect AIX runs only on POWER servers. If IBM kills POWER servers, then AIX will die too.

Coincidentally, IBM has officially said that AIX will be killed off and replaced with Linux:

On the other hand, Solaris runs on x86. And it is open sourced in OpenIndiana distro, so it will not die.

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