Is the Mac G5 a PC or a workstation,” asks Nebojsa Novakovic for The Inquirer.
The Power Mac G5 “is not sold by Apple as a workstation, but as a high-end PC, therefore it shouldn’t be compared against say Sparc or Itanium, but against Pentium4. Well, the reality is that there is very little hardware difference between a high-end Pentium4 PC and a Xeon workstation these days, except dual CPU and 64-bit PCI-X slots extra on the workstation. Everything else is pretty much the same,” writes Novakovic.
Novakovic continues, “What you may look at is what is the type of user in each case – a high-end PC for a gamer? Well the choice is still probably somewhere between Pentium4 and AthlonXP – the G5 just doesn’t have as many 3-D games as a PC (yet). A workstation for a photo editor or 3-D designer? Well, the choice could be between a Pentium4 workstation (if the program isn’t SMP-aware), Xeon, Opteron or – PowerMac Dual G5!”
“Simply, even though PowerMac G5 may be positioned as a high-end PC, its attributes like 64-bitness, large memory with high bandwidth, dual CPUs, AGP 8X Pro, and 64-bit PCI-X, all belong to a high-end workstation – and talking about that, put Dual G5 into the top of the workstation league – and could seriously shake that market! It definitely beats the hell of anything Sun can offer,” writes Novakovic.
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