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Linux.com: A Different Approach (Part V of V): Decision Time

Dec 04, 2000, 22:05 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Thanks for your well considered comments and/or pointers during my hunt for a new computer system. The tips on graphics systems, individual types of chip combinations in the CPU classes, and even OS considerations are appreciated."

"So which system did I choose? The G4, Alpha, and the SPARC were the final 3 contestants in a quest I started nearly 6 months ago. For various reasons I weeded out other systems including SGI, IBM, older PPCs, HPs, and clustered PCs. Some I dropped for compatibility reasons, the clustered PC for space/environmental reasons, like the sound of an additional 8 to 20 fans in an already crowded room."

"This left me at the final 3 systems, seeking additional input before an expensive decision. Out of the final trio, the one I liked the least after digging into its hype a little was the G4. Its performance without the vector processor was extremely weak. After all the "Photoshop test" even with the benefit of the processor didn't justify spending twice as much as its comparison AMD system. Without the benefit of coding optimization for the vector processor, it performs even more poorly. So, why spend $3000 on a PowerMAC G4 when the same money could go to something more powerful?"

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