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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How many people really need a computer that's even over 1GHz?
by mochz R on Fri 11th Jul 2003 06:58 UTC

"How many people really need a computer that's even over 1GHz?"

Is it just me or...

There is a massive difference between PCs of 1Ghz and 2Ghz and 3Ghz. Granted, the inner software and hardware maybe comparitevly unsynchronized and unorganized, and some may say extremely inefficient, the simple fact is that end user benchmarks show that there is still a huge difference.

Even without Hyper-Threading and the such, there are a huge amount of applications that tax todays modern computers. Games might be the first to pop up for many of today's adolesents, but what about audio/video encoding/decoding? Speech recognition? Scientific factor analysis, theoritcal math, physics. The world is moving to more complicated tasks than just word processing and email. Universities lead research. Companies make breakthroughs.

Innovation gives people choices. If computers were still at 1 Ghz, a 1 Ghz computer would cost nearly $2000. Unlikely that companies will shell that out for their employees. Top-level innovation trickles down to lower-rung tasks, and it only makes things more efficient.

The phrase "How many people really need a computer that's even over 1GHz?", I find, is quiet naive.

And Apple, I'm sorry, those IBM 970 systems your selling are not Desktop Computers, those are workstation and servers. And they're not the fastest either. Check your benchmarking ethics again.