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Why you should never say never

Here's an ad from Apple slamming the Pentium II for being slower than the PowerPC. Ooooh, what a difference a couple of years make.

Here's an ad from Apple slamming the Pentium II for being slower than the PowerPC. Ooooh, what a difference a couple of years make.

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This ad comes from around 1997 when Apple introduced the PowerMac G3. At the time, PowerMacs were running the IBM/Apple/Motorola designed PowerPC CPU. Apple had a lot of fun poking fun at how slow the Pentium II was in comparison to the PowerPC.

At the time, it was a fair comparison. The Pentium IIs were much slower at the same clock speed than the PowerPC chips. The problem was Intel wasn't sitting still. Competition from AMD forced Intel to create the Pentium III, the P4's, and then the Core CPUs. Within the span of 10 years, the Intel architecture left the PowerPCs choking in their dust.

And in the final irony of ironies, now the Macintosh runs on Intel CPUs.

Seems like one of those things where you shouldn't say bad things about a coworker because then they'll end up your boss. Slam the competitor's CPU and then wind up running it yourself. Ooops.

5 comments
hshore0331
hshore0331

The real problem with the situation is sumarized in the quote itself, "...Competition from AMD forced Intel to create the Pentium III, the P4?s, and then the Core CPUs..." While the quote attributes the competition from the AMD, I imagine that the Intel honchos got some serious heartburn everytime they saw the add or any similar ones. Now with Apple running on Intel chips, and AMD dragging behind in some categories, where does the pressure come from to roll out new improved chips.

John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro
John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro

Buying ATI has kind of gotten AMD a little off of the track in its competition with Intel. I think the long range plan is to hit Intel where they aint - or where they at least aint as strong - the graphics field. Combining a CPU and GPU would give AMD a unique selling proposition. Intel is sitting on the top once more with the Core2 line, but Im sure AMD has something waiting in the wings to try to pick Intel off with once again.

mamies
mamies

This will force AMD to roll out some new chips which push intel some more, may not happen like that but would be nice as i am a fan of the AMD athlon 6400+ for some strange reason

MGP2
MGP2

But to use that quote: "Seems like one of those things where you shouldn???t say bad things about a coworker because then they???ll end up your boss." Years ago, I had a female coworker who was just OBNOXIOUS to me, especially when I first started. After about 6 months, I said to her "You'd better watch your tongue. I just may end up being your boss someday." She said, "When that day comes, I'll quit." Well, a year later, I was her boss. She quit. See? It all worked out in the end. ;-)