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what happened to the Megahertz Myth? Because you are now shipping Intel machines at the same clock speeds as your PowerPCs, and claiming they are faster.

My next laptop will have a SPARC chip in it. Humph.

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what happened to the Megahertz Myth? Because you are now shipping Intel machines at the same clock speeds as your PowerPCs, and claiming they are faster.

My next laptop will have a SPARC chip in it. Humph.

There are rumors that the upcoming Conroe desktop processor which will be built into the successors of the current PowerMacs will go all the way up to 3GHz and above. The GHz race hasn't ended yet, it's just been delayed.

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what happened to the Megahertz Myth? Because you are now shipping Intel machines at the same clock speeds as your PowerPCs, and claiming they are faster.

My next laptop will have a SPARC chip in it. Humph.

The "Megahertz Myth" article you linked to was a comparison between a Pentium 4 and powerpc G4 based Macs. The new iBooks and MacBook Pros do not use a Pentium 4 chip so the comparison isn't really all that vallid any more. Apple's current 2x to 4x faster claims might be a bit suspect though, 2x to 4x faster at certain specific tasks would be more accurate, but then the whole Megahertz Myth article was probably just as misleading.

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what happened to the Megahertz Myth? Because you are now shipping Intel machines at the same clock speeds as your PowerPCs, and claiming they are faster.

My next laptop will have a SPARC chip in it. Humph.


Look, it's marketing. They are taking some thing, or concept, which may have some truth to it, and then they turn it, twist it, and angle it so it puts the seller's product in just the rigt ligth. There's some truth to it, but you do have to look through all the marketing-speak and simplifications they throw at you.

This goes for the "megahertz myth", and it goes for the "2x-5x faster Intel Macs".
It even goes for all companies, and all products. Why? They are trying to sell you a product, and to do that their product needs to look as good as possible. It's a fine line they are walking, because if they are flat out lying it may backfire hugely in the form of bad PR.

All this means is that common sense is the king and brand loyalty is stupidity incarnate. Buy what's best for you.
Me? I'm getting a Mac. You? Well, that's up to you, but don't let yourself be enticed by William Gates, Steve Jobs, or Michael Dell, or whoever is trying to get into your wallet. Talk to some friends. Visit some computer store to demo their products. Do what you normally do when you buy a bike, or car, or pair of boxers (or briefs if that's your thing).

I hope you find a product that suits your computational needs.

Edited by rohde, 17 January 2006 - 10:17 PM.






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