About six months ago (and probably before that) there was a rumor about Apple considering switching to AMD processors and leaving Motorola behind. Well, they've started up again and this time some are squawking about switching to Intel processors. I doubt there is much truth in this, and Jobs denied it at MWNY (I think), but why would that be really a good OR bad thing?<br><br>I mean, neither AMD or Intel processors seem to offer very much more than the G4 in performance... when the new macs come out this month, anyway. But then Motorola seems to be holding Apple up at times and they aren't exactly weathering the economic times very well.<br>Would it make much difference in the way Mac OSX would be designed to run? I don't know enough to understand the difference between AMD/Intel and Motorola/IBM (G3) processors. I don't suppose you could design computers that could run any of them?? <br><br>
Loc: London, United Kingdom
Intel Proccessors are CISC(Complex Instruction Set Computer) proccessors and are therefore less efficient compared to the RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) architecture used by Macs (all mac proccessors have been RISC). AMD proccessors are RISC but as windows is designed to run on a CISC proccesor they hyave to emulate a CISC proccessor which also makes them inefficient. <br><br>Mac OS X as it UNIX based could be very easily modified to run on an Intel/AMD based proccessor (some variants of Darwin(OS X's opensource Core) allready do) but i doubt apple would modify it as it would mean you could run OS X on any intel/AMD based system which would of course be bad for Apple as it is mostly a hardware company not a software one. <br><br>The biggest performance gap at the moment between macs and Intel/AMD based PCs is the RAM but if the rumors are true about the next PowerMacs being Hypertransport based (which may be and it will hapen everntually, but maybe not until G5s are out, as apple is part of the hypertransport consortium) the gap on the memory side will be more than bridged. <br><br>Anyway unless Motorolas Microchip Devision goes completely out of business I doubt Apple will be moving to Intel/AMD any time soon.<br><br>Without sensibility no object would be given to us, without understanding no object would be thought. Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.<br>-- Immanuel Kant, "Critique of Pure Reason
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Thanks a lot. Of course, I don't really know what most of that means (hypertransport, RISC), but at least I have some words to listen for now .<br>So, I wonder if any of the rumors are founded because there is real worry that Motorala's chip division going to go out of business? Since both Intel and AMD make CISC, who would Apple turn to?<br><br>
[censored] I ever heard; that the RISC is so godly compared to CISC architecture. What were you thinking when you posted that??? They take a different approach which can't be measured in terms purely "better" or "worse." They BOTH have advantages and disadvantages, but obviously you're blind to the fact that not EVERYTHING apple does (or in this case, chooses, from Motorolla), is not better simply because of the fricken "ð" that appears on it. <br><br>stop that vesch before I viddy over and smash you something horrorshow
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
CISC (complex instruction set computing) and RISC (reduced instruction set computing) are microprocessor designs that determine how quickly instruction sets are decoded and executed. CISC processors, like AMD Athlons and Intel P4s, use a larger number of instruction sets to control what a processor is capable of accomplishing a wider variety of tasks in various ways. This wil require the Processor to have more transistors and take more energy making it run hotter.<br> The RISC, like the G4, uses fewer and less complex instruction sets in a processor. this allows the processor to be smaller and require less energy. This makes the G4 smaller, cooler and cheaper to produce. This also allows the processor handle more instructions at once.<br><br> -I got most of this information from "Troubleshooting, Maintaining & Repairing MACs" and other online pages. If any of this is wrong tell me but it should be correct.<br><br>
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