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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who cares about architecture?
by money on Fri 11th Jul 2003 02:26 UTC

unless you are a ee developing processors, you really shouldn't care about the architecture. to argue one way or the other is pointless. want to know why? because NONE of you have access to the proprietary multi-billion dollar research and development that has been invested by corporations in order to determine the most optimal way to process information. the fact remains that different companies took different development paths, each architecture does have its strengths and weakness when compared. people drum up the relative importance of the strengths and weaknesses while discounting others to make one seem better than the other. the fact remains that they are both fairly equal. if one was in real world situations vastly superior the industry would move to it, but that is not the case. that is also why apples and x86 both perform about the same in the real world - with differences due mainly to development decisions and not architecture i.e. heat vs power vs performance vs die size vs intended market etc. you need to decide what to buy based on real world performance and price. because of economies of scale and because apple is 100% proprietary the x86 will remain the cost/performance leader.