Re: Apple vs. IBM
>>>>> "Phillip" == Phillip R Jaenke <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
This is kinda off topic, but no more than has been discussed so far,..
if anyone wants us to shut up, just holler...
Phillip> Never trust information to the uninitiated.
Phillip> This is wrong wrong wrong. First off, the *truly* blatant
Phillip> error. IBM does NOT use SDRAM in the
Phillip> RS/6000. Period. Flat out WRONG and INCORRECT. They use
Phillip> ECC, which is about 3x as much as SDRAM anyways.
By ``ECC'', don't you mean ECC capable SDRAM. ;) Looking at my favorite
maker of high quality SDRAM DIMMs, they have CAS 2 capapable (~8ns) non-ECC
SDRAM for 139 USD, and ECC SDRAM for 149 USD. Not a huge price
difference there. ;)
Phillip> Secondly, the Power150 is a low-end workstation in the
Phillip> RS/6000 arena, but has MUCH higher SPECint and SPECfp
Phillip> performance than an iMac/G3 system will EVER have. Even
Phillip> so, you should be comparing more recent models.
Phillip> So, let's stack a G3 up against an RS/6000 Power260
Phillip> (43P-260, 7043
Do you have some real numbers on performance?
Phillip> G3 has Firewire, USB, (supposedly) multiple PCI buses,
Phillip> single planar arch. Power260 has sound, multi-planar
Phillip> G3 has 'True66MHz' PCI, which doesn't exist as far as I'm
Phillip> concerned, with the G3, due to the way the G3 was
Phillip> designed and implemented. Power260 has 66MHz 64bit PCI
Phillip> (something you won't find in a G3), 66MHz 32bit, and
Phillip> 33MHz 32bit PCI 2.1.
Hmmm... the G3 has: three 64-bit and 2 32-bit PCI slots (one of them
overclocked to 66 MHz for the ATI Rage).
Phillip> G3 has IDE onboard. Power260 has SCSI-UW, SCSI-U2W, and
Decent G3 configurations come w/ an Adaptec 2940UUW card. It's a
Phillip> G3 uses cheap SDRAM. Power260 uses ECC.
For a workstation, I don't think this is an issue, but this is just my
opinion. I decked out my PII w/ SDRAM w/ ECC, and if I had to do it again,
I probably wouldn't have bothered.
Phillip> As you can see, the RS/6000 is vastly superior to the G3
Phillip> without trying. We won't discuss the server market, out
Phillip> of pity for Apple and their precious G3.
Hmm, I didn't realize we were discussing ``servers''. As just a workstation,
that I picked up w/ 9 GB of SCSI-2 U^2 Wide SCSI, and 256 MB of RAM, for
3k USD,... it's a pretty good deal.