Originally Posted by frank_b
Can you right now buy a four core 2 thread per core 64 bit 3.2 ghz PPC chip?
Can you point to any in the wild? No? That's where Intel is *right* now and they aren't standing still. 1.6 ghz with 2 cores is unimpressive.
IMHO It's a dead end architecture. There's no market for desktop PowerPC chips anymore. Apple killed it stone dead. Freescale are pushing it as an embedded CPU now. It's dead as a dodo on the desktop.
I bow my head in shame. You could rip a 64 bit 3.2 ghz PPC chip from a XBox 360, but it only has 3 cores.
Nevertheless, Intel gives you most bang for the buck. No doubt about that.