Originally posted by dfiler
That article appears less informed than your _average_ AI poster. A couple lines made me question the validity of the entire thing.The authors obviously think that the 'bitness' of a program determines a program's speed and that a 64bit OS will run faster than a 32bit OS.
The rest of the article is fairly sound but only rehashes the same rumors found on every board... heheh 'according to sources'. I guess the article isn't terrible, just nothing new.
Hmm, I think you're less average than you think you are...
The authors suggest very little about the 'bitness' in the article. They suggest a great deal about the relationship between gcc versions and the 970, which would seem to be spot on.
Two things we can be certain of:
1) gcc will produce increasingly better, faster, smaller 970 code with time.
2) 10.3 will be faster than 10.2 on all hardware, not just the 970s.
My take on the article is that a version of 10.2 will be produced for the new machines (which goes against what I thought Apple would do, and clearly is not making Steve a happy boy) and not only will it not be as optimized as 10.3 due to the fact that it's simply not 10.3, it might even be *relatively* slower than 10.2 for the G4 architecture due to gcc not supporting the 970 at the same level. The statement that they hope it runs as fast as 10.2 would on a comparably clocked G4 is, well, a serious disappointment since it suggests that until 10.3 ships, we should ignore any benefits the 970 might deliver beyond Mhz.
You can expect to hear Steve say: "and wait until you see how fast it is running Panther..." as a caveat to the announcement. Also worth noting is that the article suggests that Smeagol won't be ready until late July/August, so don't expect to buy that shiny 970 in 2 weeks...
I wonder what Apple will ship to reviewers. New hardware that is only linearly and predicatably faster than the G4 will be not looked upon favorably. Expect a lot of "Still much slower than a P4" statements. Of course, they might ship an incomplete Panther, which might play better since they'd blame any problems on the OS being unfinished rather than the hardware being slow. Due to this, Apple might have been forced to release a preview Panther at WWDC.