IDC researcher ‘confused’ about Centrino CPU speed versus performance

“Intel claims its Pentium M processor offers higher performance than the Pentium 4-M. Intel said the 1.6GHz Pentium M offers a 13 per cent to 15 per cent improvement in performance over the 2.4GHz Pentium 4-M. The 1.6GHz Pentium M also offers 76 per cent longer battery life than the 2.4GHz Pentium 4-M, according to Intel.”

“Intel’s end users have become accustomed to the company’s emphasis on the connection between higher clock speeds and greater performance, a fact it has used to compete with Apple.”

“‘I was actually confused about that as well,’ said Kitty Fok, director of personal systems research at IDC Asia-Pacific. ‘But just looking at the CPU speed doesn’t reflect the actual performance anymore,'” reports Macworld UK.

MacDailyNews Take: Kitty, honey, looking at CPU speed never did reflect the actual performance. Especially among CPUs of differing architectures. Welcome to the world of the cognizant. And, this is the “director of personal system research at IDC Asia-Pacific,” no less. Sheesh!


  1. Obviously, anyone could walk in off the street and do an “analyst” or “research” job at IDC. How can one “research” a subject when they don’t even comprehend even the basics?

  2. Steve, how could one even post even a message when even a semi-literate person would notice they used even too many “even”s? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” /> Just kidding, but I couldn’t help it.

  3. Meet the Fokers – the people who are occasionally forced to think different only when they have no other choice but face their own ignorance and even THEN, they succesfully blow it :o) I don’t think there’s a cure for these Fokers, do you? I guess it must be a real revolution in the PC people’s minds right now ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” /> I don’t say all PC users are dumb, but most of them are certainly closed to being brainwashed. Long live the Mhz!! ;o)

  4. world of the cognizant? You mean, of course, the world that knows that PC performance jumped past the Mac several years ago regardless of MHz Myth, right? You can chuckle all you want, but a Pentium 4M or a Centrino both kick the $%^& out of any Mac.

  5. I don’t care if a PeeCee is 30 times faster than a Mac. It’s the OS, stupid. Call me when a pile of shit PC can run Mac OS X. Otherwise, go play games on your commodity Wintel iron and leave the Macs to people with taste.

  6. Intel has never made any claims linking cpu speed to Mhz. That was all done by the more apologetic Mac users in an attempt to justify 500 Mhz macs while Wintel PCs were shipping at 1.5Mhz.

    Oh, and for the guy that wanted to know when Mac OS would be running on PCs, that was back in 1995 when OSX was called NextStep.

  7. What you REALLY wanna focus on is this fact: even Intel hasn’t figured out how to explain that MAYBE MHz isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be (and yes, a 4GHz P4 will, unfortunately outperform a 1.4Ghz G4, no matter that it does so in a crude manner. Go check out ars technica for details).

    “Intel is pushing the Pentium M and Pentium 4-M processors to different markets. The Pentium M and Centrino are targeted at mobile users who want wireless LAN access and longer battery life, said Kelly Wu, country manager of Intel Taiwan. The Pentium 4-M, on the other hand, is intended for what Intel calls the portability market – users who carry their notebooks from one office to another, she said.”

    Now, if the Centrinos offer more performance at lower MHz… what the heck is the P4-M for, then? Sounds like Intel is trying to have its cake and eat it?

    (BTW, I own and use Macs and have done so for 10 yrs and I’ll never switch to the Wintel platform).

  8. For all those that think that MHz reflects performance: think of cars. My brother and I have 2 computers, a 500MHz Mac running OS9 and OSX as well as a 1.8GHz Dell running XP. We fight over the Mac. Even though we work together and do similar work, whoever uses the Mac finishes sooner and finishes with better work. I average 4-6 mouse motions on XP for tasks that need 1-2 motins in MacOS. I’ve had to re-install XP 9 times in 12 months wasting 2 days each time. We installed OSx (10.03) once 11 months ago, have upgraded to Jaguar, and have had no problems. I really couldn’t care less if my apps launch 1 second faster or if my renders finish 10% faster on the PC, when my authoring takes 30% longer and I kiss off a month a year sitting in a chair like a dork busily re-installing system & apps.
    Lastly, I have been using both Macs and PCs as a semi-pro and then as a pro for donkey years. My first PC was a PC/AT, my first Apple was a IIe. My platform of choice is the Mac, but I can live with Windows, especially since XP. It’s not a Mac, but it’s HUGELY better than it was.

  9. sorry, message cut off accidentally. Think of cars: yes ferraris are faster than porsches on a 0-60mph (by 1 or 2 seconds), but porsches are much more reliable, break down much less, and cost much less in maintenance. ferraris need regular, costly, and time consuming maintenance, and have a tendency to catch fire. It’s of no use to be faster if your machine breaks down halfway.

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