Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th May 2012 14:05 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "As the Raspberry Pi started to ship the Sinclair ZX Spectrum turned 30 years old, and comparisons were being made between the two and their role in providing access to affordable computer hardware. Given the phenomenal advances in computing since the birth of the ZX Spectrum, I thought it might be fun to compare the Raspberry Pi with a computer that was closer to the state of the art at around that time, and to see if the Raspberry Pi could fill its shoes..."
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RE[6]: Yeah,
by Morgan on Wed 16th May 2012 01:46 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Yeah,"
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Well for me it's not about the CPU cycles, it's about giving money to a foundation that will put it towards education, and getting a nifty little device in the deal. It's also about getting a device that I can actually learn with. No offense to your purchase, it seems like a nice set top box, but I have at least a dozen ideas to use the RPi with, most of which will teach me things I don't know. If the RPi came in a flashy case with a remote and a media OS preinstalled I doubt I would bother hacking around with it.

As for the CPU's speed, I have an old WinTerm thin client with a 500MHz x86 processor that is more than enough for the projects I've used it for (print server, file server, MP3 jukebox, GPS controller, etc etc).

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RE[7]: Yeah,
by zima on Wed 16th May 2012 14:52 in reply to "RE[6]: Yeah,"
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Though, IIRC, you also planned to use R-Pi with MAME ...that's very about CPU cycles ;p

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RE[8]: Yeah,
by Morgan on Wed 16th May 2012 15:24 in reply to "RE[7]: Yeah,"
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Yep, that's one of my planned projects. But from my understanding the RPi is more than capable of that. Its framerates in Quake 3 are almost as good as a Pentium 4 desktop PC, which is severe overkill in MAME. Granted, it's hard to compare an X86 system to an ARM system, but I would think if it could handle a 2000 era 3D game, it could easily emulate 80s and 90s arcade hardware.

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