[rescue] The best 'rescue' workstation

Sandwich Maker adh at an.bradford.ma.us
Sat Apr 23 10:08:26 CDT 2005

" From: Zach Lowry <zach at zachlowry.net>
" Interesting. Well, I should ask this then. Since this is replacing a
" Dual 1GHz PC, shouldn't we add 'slow' to that list? I realize you said
" speedy in the pros column, but I'm under the impression that a Ultra 60
" will be somewhat slower than my 1GHz PC. Ultra 60s top out at 450MHz,
" correct?

yeah, but --

the sparc risc cpu architecture - and likewise sgi's mips, dec's
alpha, hp's parisc, and ibm and apple's power - is much more efficient
than intel's x86, so they get a lot more done clock-for-clock.

clock speed has become a marketing tool, because it's so easy to
explain.  didja know that a high-end pIII is more powerful than a
low-end pIV?  they simplified the pIV to make it run faster.

and then there's system speed.  memory bandwidth, i/o bandwidth...
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