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: Removing compiler from factors indeed
by blah on Thu 10th Jul 2003 22:29 UTC

For those defending the article, I'd like you to read these two paragraphs:

"By using GCC Apple removed the compiler from the factors effecting system speed and gave a more direct CPU to CPU comparison. This is a better comparison if you just want to compare CPUs and prevents the CPU vendor from getting inflated results due to the compiler.

x86 CPUs may use all the tricks in the book to improve performance but for the reasons I explained above they remain inefficient and are not as fast as you may think or as benchmarks appear to indicate."

Excuse me while I remove the bias from the factors effecting (sic) this post. okay, I'm done, wow that was easy. glad that's over with.