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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Rehash of other articles with bold but iffy conclusions
by Comatose51 on Thu 10th Jul 2003 17:26 UTC

The article is decent as far as an overview goes. However, it seems like a rehash of common computer architecture knowledge. In other words, it doesn't give any special insight or even the depth one might expect. My intermediate level computer systems and architecture class went into much greater depth that this. This is not such a problem if not for the fact that the author is trying to compare two architectures and settle a very important (and heated) question. The article seem biased in many ways (one has to wonder if the author's profession have something to do with this). The author undermines the credibility of the x86 claims by campanioning the PPC's abilities. It is not so much a comparison as "Why the PPC is better than x86". Lastly, the conclusions at the end, even if there is a source or two to support them, are very bold. The lack of substantial evidence does not warrant such strong claims. The author would do well to consider that DEC no longer exists, Sun is having trouble in the server market, and the Linux + x86 combination is gaining market shares. With these considerations in mind, one can hardly justify the claims made at the end. In conclusion, this article seem nothing more than another opinion piece inspired by Jobs' recent claims disguised as a comparison of the two architecture.