Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Aug 2012 22:45 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Hardware, Embedded Systems "It is 30 years since the Commodore 64 went on sale to the public. The machine was hugely successful for its time, helping to encourage personal computing, popularise video games and pioneer homemade computer-created music. [...] BBC News invited Commodore enthusiast Mat Allen to show schoolchildren his carefully preserved computer, at a primary school and secondary school in London."
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Where has all the efficiency gone?
by ThomasFuhringer on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 08:21 UTC
ThomasFuhringer
Member since:
2007-01-25

It had 64k of memory. Today's PCs have like 4G. That is a factor of 62 500. Are they really 62500 times as powerful?

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digitallysane Member since:
2011-12-19

They are.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I think if OS X and Windows were programmed in Assembler they would be 10.000 times faster.

And crash 10.000 times faster too as such huge code bases are very difficult to manage and debug in Assembler.

Still, I think a lot of CPU power is wasted by all these layers and weird multitasking processes in the background. Then again these things do make live easier.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Yeah, we have tons of VM and bloated software layers nowadays.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

They are more powerful, but most are still limited by disk access. Al though SSD does help.

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chiwaw Member since:
2006-02-05

Not sure why you're looking at memory to compare power between computers (CPU, RAM & bus speed, etc would do it).

But I'm pretty sure today's computers are WAY more than 62500 times more powerful than a C64 ;)

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ThomasFuhringer Member since:
2007-01-25

I took RAM as an example because it is integrated in the name. Of course you could discuss this with any other spec.
It depends on what you call powerful. Fact is the C64 could run a GUI, a word processor etc., albeit rather slowly. It appears to me had it been five times faster it could have achieved what today's PCs do with thousands of times the resources.

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