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 encia on Tue 15th Jul 2003 08:20 UTC

>Some sort of circular reasoning. The point was Desktop >not server, and it still is.
The mention of Linux leads to my mentioning of Win2K3. Note that MacOS X was based server OS. What marks the divide between desktopOS and serverOS?

>However, the issue is the accuracy of this article and >the conclusions the author reaches.
Not when you claimed "Microsoft has no plans to develop a 64-bit desktop OS". Such as claim is unsupported. From my references (without breaching any NDAs) above one can claim, "Microsoft has plans to develop a 64-bit desktop OS".

>If anything, the G5 will only cause Intel and AMD to >better their products.
Not quite, the current PowerPC 970 market place doesn’t even register in mainstream desktop market**. Only AMD is considered as a direct threat to Intel's bread butter markets.
**Not considered as a serious threat since PowerPC market is missing the vital distribution/logistic/ISV/support/education/knowledgebase infrastructure for mainstream competition.

Apple never has guts to post an AthlonXP3200+/nForce2(current product) vs PowerPC 970(future product) let alone Opteron/Athlon64-Socket940/nForce3 vs PowerPC 970.

Refer to "" AthlonXP/nForce2 match against Apple's PowerPC 970.