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 Dan on Fri 11th Jul 2003 00:31 UTC

I'm not even here to defend the Intel and MS world but this article is ridiculous. All he did was hit up corporate websites and quoted them, and even worse all he did was hit up the websites of people who agreed with him in the first place (that RISC is great). "The IBM site says", my god man, thats called marketing, theres nothing factual about it, writing an entire paper based on marketing is the most absurd thing I've ever seen. And the author REALLY CLEARLY has a bias going into this article, its glaring from the beginning.

Here's a tip. Get out your stopwatch and perform common tasks between the most powerful Mac and the most powerful PC. Load a web browser, load a web page, load a document, etc etc and you'll notice something. They will perform very similarly, yet one costs a good lord lot more than the other, and one runs a good lord lot more software than the other. Its just economics, the tasks are performed similarly, but one is a LOT less expensive.

And finally, those "small groups" who really need alot of CPU power aren't small at all. Office/Internet software has run just fine since the 1ghz days. Games are driving the x86 world for the most part, and they're not a small group at all (outsold the movie industry JUST considering software).

In conclusion, I can't believe you wasted your time writing this piece of propaganda instead of sticking to the technical +'s and -'s of each one. If you had stuck to the technical differences this could have been a mildly interesting read, even if its just a rehash of what other people have already written. Throwing in your blatantly biased opinion turned this into a grade school report, where the child copies quotes from the internet and pastes them as fact. Shame on you.