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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Interested, I checked out the website of MorphOS, in a paper about MorphOS "in Detail" it said the below. I think this would have been a big point in the article but it was not mentioned. Is it true and how does it work that it is 10x faster? And, more importantly, is that fast enough to provide a speedy OS?!

Thats what I was told yes.
I was later told that actually deciding which contect switch to make takes a lot longer so it doesn't have that much effect in the grand scheme of things.
However if you were running a lot of tasks and were switching rapidly between them it could then make an impact.
Also PowerPC is mainly used in embedded / real-time applications so this could be beneficial there.