Linked by Nicholas Blachford on Wed 9th Jul 2003 16:43 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y This article started life when I was asked to write a comparison of x86 and PowerPC CPUs for work. We produce PowerPC based systems and are often asked why we use PowerPC CPUs instead of x86 so a comparison is rather useful. While I have had an interest in CPUs for quite some time but I have never explored this issue in any detail so writing the document proved an interesting exercise. I thought my conclusions would be of interest to OSNews readers so I've done more research and written this new, rather more detailed article. This article is concerned with the technical differences between the families not the market differences.
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by nicholas Blachford on Wed 9th Jul 2003 17:29 UTC

This is how far I read the article until noticing a grave mistake: The x86 family of CPUs began life in 1978 as the 8086, an extension to the 8 bit 8080 CPU.

If you don't know shit about different CPU architectures, why do you feel need to write about them?


"The Intel 8086, a new microcomputer, extends the midrange 8080 family into the 16-bit arena."

Intel Corporation, February, 1979


SMT will be twice as good as HT? Where is your reference?

IBM & DEC

Both IBM and the Alpha team announced the addition of Multithreading support was expected to give a 100% boost in performance.

When HT arrived it gave only 20% - 30%, I believe it is to be enhanced soon.

Also at the end of your article you predict (as many others have in the past) that Intel will hit the 'heat wall'

Microprocessor Report said that, not me.