Ryan is a bored little boy running MOSR out of his garage... he neither has any contacts, nor has any "inside" knowledge of ANYTHING other than how many fingers he can stick up his @ss at one time without the use of lubricants!<br><br>However, for good fun, go to RumorTracker so you can stay up to date with ALL the major Mac rumor sites at once - they even "Rate" the rumors. It's a decent site if you enjoy the laughter you get from reading rumor sites like I do.<br><br>[color:red]semicolon dash parenthesis</font color=red>
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Does anyone feel like explaining just what the heck it means to be 64-bit exactly, and why that is better? Yes, I see the number is higher, but there must be something very different about the way it works too, eh?<br><br>
A very simple account here:<br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p><br>It's likely you've heard of bits and bytes. They're the fundamental units used to measure the computational capacity of a computer processor. They're also used to measure computer storage such as RAM and disk space, which confuses some people. Without going too far into Computing 101, bits refer to the original zeros and ones of binary computation, which in turn refer back to the individual electronic "switches" in transistors that are either on (1) or off (0). Get a row of switches, say eight of them, and set them up like this: "on, off, on, on, off, off, off, on." That's eight bits, representing 10110001 in binary code. The eight bits make up one "word," or a byte. Most computer processors do computations with "words" of this kind-adding, subtracting, manipulating text, and so forth.<br><br> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . <br><br>It doesn't take much intuition to see that your processor (CPU) would compute faster if it could handle 16 or 32 bits at a time. In fact, the more bits you have, the more you can break them up into separate words and do all kinds of fancy tricks, especially processing different things at the same time (parallel processing). And when you get to 64 bits, well, now you're cookin'.<br><br>We're accustomed to the idea of processor speed, traditionally measured in megahertz (MHz) and now gigahertz (GHz). This has some value as a relative measure of processor capacity, but it's misleading with 64-bit processors. The MHz rating of a processor tells you how many cycles ("ticks of the clock") it can perform in a second, but it doesn't indicate what it can do in each cycle. That's where the bit capacity comes in. A 64-bit computer can handle more computations, memory, and input/output with each processor cycle. That's why current 64-bit processors--such as the Intel Itanium, which runs at only 733 MHz--can be a more powerful processor than the current Pentium IV, which runs at 2.2GHz.<p><hr></blockquote><p><br>This is from an article here<br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
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#10309 - 08/10/0209:05 PMRe: new 64 bit powerpc?
buh-bye moto, buh-bye altivec; hello 64 bit proc with 160+vector processor units. What do you think the clockspeed will rate? I ask this purely of interest in how it will rate to the current G4's<br><br>stop that vesch before I viddy over and smash you something horrorshow
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