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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Intel / Dell "Marketing" with SPEC
by Mike on Thu 10th Jul 2003 13:27 UTC

Just want to bring up the point that Intel/Dell when producing there SPEC scores,
used the Microquill SMP Heap management library. A $1200 US Dollars piece of software, and,
ah, Dell isn't packing that Microquill library with every P4 it ships.

So, don't expect to get those SPEC scores on your machine.
Which, in my definition of a benchmark is Cheating.
Have you been Duped today?