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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too many hostile people around here
by sajiimori on Wed 9th Jul 2003 18:42 UTC

Anyway, I think this article is best viewed as a brief summary (and a pretty decent one), not as proof of any hypothesis or as an argument.

There was one statement that stood out as being particularly wacky to me, though: The comparison of programming language, programmer, and CPU in their relative importance for the resulting execution.

That's like asking: What's more important for a good driving experience, the steering wheel, the pedals, or the engine?

The obvious answer: All are critical for good performance, and a deficiency in any can bring down the whole system.