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Date:      Tue, 01 Jul 1997 10:00:52 -0700
From:      Don Wilde <don@PartsNow.com>
To:        "Marc G. Fournier" <scrappy@hub.org>
Cc:        questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Benchmarks/comparisions between PC->Sparc
Message-ID:  <33B937C4.148B@PartsNow.com>
References:  <Pine.NEB.3.95.970701121533.20086D-100000@hub.org>

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>        Does anyone know of URLs for comparisons between the two?  Stuff
> like SPECint and anything else that would be pertinent to a discussion of
> the merits of either/or?
> 

	www.intel.com has SPEC97 numbers for representative machines using
Pentium, PPro, (and I suppose P-II now). The key to finding these # is
to look at the semiconductor mfr's site for the CPU: Intel or Sun or
Ross or Fujitsu as appropriate. Basically, a PPro is very close to a
Sparc or HP8000 in INT testing, cache size aside, but floating point is
still way behind. If your app is general UNIX stuff, stick with Intel
for price and replaceability (and FreeBSD!), but if you must have
bleeding edge CAD or visualisation, HP or Sun are still faster. Ask
yourself if 2 seats of Dell Poweredge PC's with GLint hardware (still
slightly slower) are better than 1 Sun or HP 700 that the same money
would buy, and most of us will say yes!
	
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