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IBM G5 leads AMD, Intel, experts say

updated 11:40 pm EST, Thu March 4, 2004

G5 leads AMD, Intel

Apple's move to G5 processors from IBM is giving the company a clear advantage against manufacturers using chips from Intel or AMD, an industry expert said. "The 970FX" --the chip that powers the Xserve and is thought likely to drive future Power Mac G5s -- "should yield well at 2.5GHz, up from the 2GHz speeds of the 970 used in the original Power Mac G5. This 25 percent increase in clock rate will not soon be matched by Intel or AMD," writes Microprocessor Report editor-in-chief Peter Glaskowsky. Intel's new Prescott chip is described as "struggling to eke out minor clock-rate improvements," he writes.




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    Need 2.5 GHz to catch up

    The problem is that a 2.4-2.5 GHz CPU is needed to catch up in terms of speed. A G5 2.0 is already bested by AMD's and Intel's current offerings.

    The one advantage the 970FX has though is performance/Watt.

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    Haha!

    You RIPE mofos didn't get FP!! HAHAHAHAHA

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    What can I say?

    Three words: In ur face!!! Lol!

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    Re: Need 2.5 GHz

    > The problem is that a 2.4-2.5 GHz CPU is needed to catch up in terms of speed. A G5 2.0 is already bested by AMD's and Intel's current offerings.

    Real world tests not withstanding, I think the REAL point here is that the IBM PPC 970 series can make a 25% jump in performance with each iteration. Six months from now, there should be another 20-25% jump in performance. Good luck to Intel and AMD in matching that rate of inprovement. THAT is the point of the "expert commentary."

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    RIPE.

    these chips are just RIPE to be in 10-15 Macs.

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    But..

    The thing is Intel increased from 3.2 to 3.4 in their latest update (are the 3.4 parts available yet?) Taht is what, a 6% increase? IBM is going from 2.0 to (supposedly) 2.5. That is a 25% increase. And in ~9 months.

    Intel in Nov 02 was at 3.0Ghz. By July 03 they were at 3.2GHz. And now in Feb 04 they hit 3.4GHz. So in 15 months they increased clockspeed by 13%. IBM will do a 25% increase in ~9 months. They will have done a 50% increase by September (when the 3.0 are do by) and which will be the same 15 month time frame. So it looks like Intel is hitting some roadblocks, and IBM is picking up steam.

    Add all of this to the fact that the new Prescotts run slower (clock for clock) than the Northwoods do to the super long bus, and Intel is looking pitiful trying to still push MHz as everything.

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    yay! 2.5 GHz G5!

    wonderful news. Surely this is great for Apple!

    Um, so WHERE THE h*** ARE THEY????

    Waiting for a rev.B G5....

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    RIPE

    The G5 is just RIPE for another 10-15 MHz.

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    RIPE

    Hehehehehe, RIPE...........I don't get it

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    RIPE

    Apple is just RIPE to release another G5 in the next 10-15 days.

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