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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by Erwos on Thu 10th Jul 2003 14:55 UTC

The article is just not very good. How can you take an article seriously when it says something like "the x86 floating point unit is very weak"? Sir, it's quite possible to rig up an x86 CPU with an extremely strong fpu. No one's done it because the consumer market space doesn't need it, and high clockspeeds can disguise it in consumer apps. Don't confuse instruction set with good CPU design.

Another good one: "you can't make a low-power consumption, low-end x86 CPU". Try the C3.

Sorry, but the article is riddled with inaccuracies like those. The ArsTechnica articles BLOW IT AWAY.

-Erwos