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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Re: Lovechild, quiet Athlon etc
by Alastair on Wed 9th Jul 2003 21:34 UTC

Are you kidding mate? The new G5 is a lovely machine, but it requires *9 fans* and cannot be that quiet. Get yourself some Zalman bits for your Athlon (not expensive) and it can be completely silent. I'm running an Athlon 2400+ system with no case fans, and it runs stable and cool with virtually zero noise. It can easily be done - it's just that most white box builders don't bother, which is indeed crap!