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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Well researched and informative
by Mike Bouma on Wed 9th Jul 2003 17:48 UTC

I believe there is a great potential future for the PPC platform. Compared to x86 CPUs it has a generally cleaner design, efficient power consumption and very well performing vector units.

With PPC platform moving towards a solid 64-bit architecture and good multi-processing capabilities, IBM may well have a winner (hopefully it won't ake long until ther are good 64-bit OS solutions available). Sadly consumers aren't well informed about the MHz myth despite Apple's efforts. Many people still buy a Celeron mainly for the higher clockrate (instead of performance). Most people simply don't undestand that a 50 MHz 68030 isn't twice as fast as a 25 MHz 68040, but that it's rather the other way around. IMO emphasizing clockrates only misleads the general consumer and 3rd party SPEC stats would be a far more reliable source, but of course still not ideal. Hardware companies will most likely continue to try to use tricks to mislead benchmarking software and so to artificially produce higher figures or will do everything dispute results when they are not in their favour and further confusing the general public.

Anyway thanks to Nicholas for his IMO well researched article. ;)