When I posted this blog on Wednesday about Mac disciples' reluctance to embrace Intel, I couldn't have imagined that Robert Cringely (of PBS) would have fallen in to the same trap the very next day. Apparently, Cringely is speculating that Steve Jobs' ultimate goal is to sell Apple to Intel so that Microsoft can be defeated. Cringely also shouted that AMD CPUs were just as "EFFICIENT" as Intel products and "EXCEEDED" Intel performance. Cringely wrote:
If Apple is willing to embrace the Intel architecture because of its performance and low power consumption, then why not go with AMD, which equals Intel's power specs, EXCEEDS Intel's performance specs AND does so at a lower price point across the board? Apple and AMD makes far more sense than Apple and Intel any day.
Since this was so factually wrong, I wrote him this letter to set him straight:
First of all, AMD does not "EQUAL" Intel power specs on the Pentium M, not even close. The fastest single core AMD chip uses about 4 to 5 times more power than the fastest 2.56 GHz Pentium M. High-end AMD single cores use around 130 watts and the Pentium M won't go above 27 watts.
Second, AMD does not "EXCEED" Intel's performance specs especially when an unleashed Pentium M is included in the match-up. The Pentium M can beat the fastest Intel or AMD desktop processor while still operating below 27 watts and here is the proof. Since the G5 loses in 4 out of 6 benchmarks to AMD and Intel desktop CPUs, and comes in last place 4 out of 5 times in 3D gaming, it doesn't stand a chance against the unleashed Pentium M. In the mobile world, IBM and AMD have absolutely nothing. Although Transmeta has a cooler chip than Intel, it can't hold a candle to the Pentium M when it comes to performance. When the Intel Yonah dual-core Pentium M comes out early next year, it will operate around 25 watts at peak power levels and be king of the hill.
Mr. Cringely, you lose all credibility when you can't get your facts right. It looks even dumber when you SHOUTED it wrong. If you know something I don't about AMD, do present the facts.
It's ironic that I just posted this blog on Wednesday. There seems to be a group of people in the Mac community in denial, and grasping for a bright light. Could it be that the idea of Intel buying Apple to go after Microsoft is just that bright silver lining you've been looking for? Or is it really just wishful thinking?