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: Goo
by Encia on Thu 10th Jul 2003 02:22 UTC

@bobby
>x86 is bigger requires twice the clock speed, generates 4 times the heat do do the same amount of work as the PPC.

Regarding "X86 requires twice the clock speed" and the amount of work. Your generalised statement is generally not true with AMD's Opteron @1.8Ghz and nForce3**. Careful with any generalisation.

**Engineering release of ASUS SK8N. Reference:
http://www.amdzone.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=1304