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; Koenig
by Encia on Fri 11th Jul 2003 05:45 UTC

>Really AMD has not released a competitor for the 970 >either.

With X86 market, product targeting occurs at the retail end e.g. ASUS nForce3 + Opteron 1xx series. K8 Opteron ultimately replaces K7 Athlon MP i.e. AMDís multi-processor product lines. Athlon 64 ultimately replaces K7 Athlon XP i.e. AMDís uniprocessor product lines.

As you can see, AMDís product lines donít quite map 1-to-1 with PPC 970(i.e. multiprocessor capable).

> Microsoft has no plans to develop a 64-bit desktop OS,

Refer to
AMD64 support will be integrated in the next Windows Server 2003 X86-32 edition (a.k.a NT5.2) SP1 update**. **Note that WS2K3 includes a desktop 'Windows XP' GUI/WIMP system.

>it looks like Athlon 64 will be running some form of >Linux.

False, AMD64(X86-64) support will be integrated in the next Windows Server 2003 (a.k.a NT5.2) SP1 update**.

Try again...