Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Aug 2005 20:49 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews The news that Apple is going to switch to Intel processors shook up the computing world. Many users and developers were eager to publish their opinions on the switch. However, one group of people were totally neglected during all this: resellers. Today, we feature an interview with Wim Schermer, first Dutchman to own a Mac (in 1984), and co-founder of one of the biggest Apple retail stores in The Netherlands, MacSupport. We discuss the switch to Intel, and much more.
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Is that really true?
by on Fri 5th Aug 2005 10:02 UTC

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Now, I'm the first to admit I know nothing first-hand about the 900 series CPU's, but knowing the thermal characteristics of Intel CPU's (disregarding the M, which I think is the best CPU Intel ever created), does the following really rhyme?

And, they won't be able to make a G5 PowerBook, because it produces too much heat, and so Apple decided to bet on Intel because Intel can get the same speeds with about 5 to 7 times less the amount of heat.

Assume we have a 3.x something GHz x86 from intel, and its thermal output is in the range 35W. How in the name of all evil can a G5 CPU emit 175-245W of thermal energy?

Assuming a somewhat similar efficiency as an Intel CPU, that wastes around 30% of the power it consumes as heat, it would mean the G5 would need about as much power as a household microwave oven, or a full-sized vacuum cleaner!

That can't be right, can it?

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RE: Is that really true?
by Johann Chua on Fri 5th Aug 2005 10:17 in reply to "Is that really true?"
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Assume we have a 3.x something GHz x86 from intel, and its thermal output is in the range 35W. How in the name of all evil can a G5 CPU emit 175-245W of thermal energy?

Um, haven't you heard of the Pentimu M?

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RE: Is that really true?
by on Fri 5th Aug 2005 10:54 in reply to "RE: Is that really true?"
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Johann Chua wrote:
Um, haven't you heard of the Pentimu M?

No, never. Could that be the reason I stated I think it's the best CPU Intel ever created?

Sarcasm aside, you've got a point. He was talking about laptops, and obviously a P4 is not even on the radar while M is. Still, is the M really that more efficient than a G5? 5-7 times is ... much.

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