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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Its not a fair comparison
by stingerman on Wed 9th Jul 2003 19:12 UTC

I agree that it is not fair to compare the 970 to the P4 or even the XEON. Intel simply does not have a modern processor to compare against the more advanced design of the 970. The real comparisons will happen against the Athlon 64. The way I see it the categories of comparison look like this.

High-End Server:
Opteron vs. Itanium vs Power4

High End Desktop/Workstations/SMB Servers:
Athlon 64 vs 970 (G5) vs ? (nothing from Intel yet)

Legacy Desktops, legacy servers, current notebooks:
Pentium III vs. G3 vs. P4 vs. PM vs. Athlon vs. Xeon vs. Athlon MP

This is a generational shift and right now only the Athlon 64 and 970 are in play for the next generation desktop.