[quote] Well, for one, there's the cooling/noise issue. While admittedly Macs aren't that silent even with G4s at the current power levels, imagine just how enjoyable working on a machine with a processor dissipating 100W alone and the required coolant system would be. Maybe others don't care that much, but I tend to think less moise is a good thing. (And no, I don't understand why Apple doesn't use more silent fans either.)
He he, well I was exaggerating with the 100 W figure, but you're right, we don't need powermacs that are incredibly loud. But I dare say that if Apple spent an extra $10 on their fans, Powermacs would suddenly run nearly silent.
My intent though is to point out that Motorola is primarily a CPU supplier for the embedded chip market, so trade-offs are made with the needs of that market in mind, rather than the Mac market. I think PPC performance suffers because of this, but I suppose the other side of the coin is that Apple reportedly has taken over some PPC development, and that design changes can easily be made for the desktop PPCs that change the balance of tradeoffs.
Damn, it was never my intent to start a flame war with this thread...all I wanted was to point out a post made by someone suggesting that the G5 was dead, so that AI member could DISCUSS the merits of the post, and come up with reasons why the G5 is NOT dead. I personally don't believe that it's dead, but it's always nice to hear from other people as well.
However I think there is truth to the idea that Moto execs have invested less R&D in desktop PPC development out of spite for Apple. Yes, they are business, but they are also human, and it's a very human thing to get pissed off when someone breaks a promise like Steve Jobs did with the clones. The perception of Motorola being run by a team of Vulcan businessmen who base their decisions on logic alone doesn't ring true for me. The coincidence is too fishy--we say PPC development lag for a few years after the clones were killed, and now that Moto has had time to cool down, PPC development is picking up again (remember that the chips we see are ~2 years after the R&D began, so the problems with PPC performance would have begun about 2 years after the clone agreement was broken). For anyone who says that businesses are always run by logic, I need only to point out the iPod. Any logical businessman would have made the iPod fully compatible with windows, but out of pride Jobs made sure that the iPod works only with Macs! Surely Apple could have sold twice as many if they worked with Windows, no?
Well for the record let me state again, I do NOT think that the G5 for Macs was ever "killed", but it would have been nice if more people posted reasons WHY they think it wasn't killed, instead of attacking me. I'll remember for the future to only post good news for discussion.