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Subject: [aclug-L] Re: Rating CPU's rant..; was Re: Re: Walmart $200 PC
From: Chris Owen <owenc@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 4 Sep 2002 20:09:59 -0500 (CDT)
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On Wed, 4 Sep 2002, Jonathan Hall wrote:

> There's a lot more to "addons" when it comes to comparing engines,
> just as when it comes to comparing CPUs.
> Just think of all the factors _within_ the engine... number of
> cylinders, displacement, type of fuel, etc.
> A 200hp 6-cylinder gasoline engine will be much different in
> performance than a 200hp 2-cylinder steam engine, for instance.
> Is this to say that the term "horsepower" is meaningless?  No.  Nor is
> the term "Mhz."  It's just important to remember that neither term is
> an all-encompasing measure of a thing's performance.

I would say that Mhz was even less meaningful though.  "Mhz" is closer to
"RPM" than it is to horsepower.  Just like 3,000 RPM in a VW isn't the
same as 3,000 RPM in a Porse, 400 Mhz in my PPC CPU isn't even in the same
neighborhood as a 400 Mhz Pentium.


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