“Apple’s latest G5 workstation offers two dual core G5 processors at a price point no different from the older units – so low that it says something interesting abut Apple’s announced plan to go x86 in the future,” Paul Murphy blogs for ZDNet.
Murphy, like InfoWorld’s Tom Yager did yesterday, looks at various options and can’t find anything that even remotely compares to Apple’s Power Mac G5 Quad’s price/performance value.
Murphy continues, “The Opteron workstation market is extremely competitive – if either company could see a way to knock a few dollars off their pricing, they’d do it – so why does the cheaper of the two still cost more than twice as much as the PowerMac? The answer, I think, is that the PowerPC line is the world’s highest volume line overall and correspondingly dirt cheap – that’s why Microsoft expects to sell their 360 games machines, complete with case, software. memory, and a custom three core PowerG5 derivative running at 3.2Ghz, for less than the wholesale price of a mid range Xeon.”
Murphy, “There’s a simple bottom line: barring a miracle, Apple will be no more able to hit this price point with an x86 machine than Sun or IBM can -meaning that their customers will be in for a rude price shock if, or when, Apple does make this change. And that has a corollary: since buyers are pretty good at doing arithmetic it seems reasonable to assume that Apple’s sales will increase as people stock up on PowerPC products, and then fall through the floor when the x86 boxes hit the shelves. (I know, I know, everybody knows PCs are cheaper – but of course it’s not true. Take a good look at any high performance system available from Apple’s on-line store and then price out a Dell with a similar configuration. I promise you’ll be surprised: apples to apples, Apples are cheaper.)”
Full article here.
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