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[SFGate]IBM chip is fastest on Earth!

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IBM Corp. began shipping high-end computers Tuesday built around the fastest chip on Earth, a microprocessor that can carry out up to 5 billion instructions per second, surpassing the speediest competing processors built by rivals like Intel or Sun Microsystems.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...BUBI10258F.DTL

Okay, so you have read that quote and are thinking "no big deal, IBM makes fast chips" well, ponder these two quotes, the second is amazing.

Quote:
But if a stopwatch were the only ranking system, the 5-billion-instructions-per second Power6 processor from IBM would beat such rivals as the 3.73 gigahertz Pentium Extreme and the 2.4 gigahertz UltraSparc T2 from Sun.
I am glad IBM can beat a PE...

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In fact, Alfs said, sophisticated game enthusiasts buy water-cooling kits that they fit into desktop PCs, then use software tricks inside the Windows operating system to crank up their own speeds into the 5 gigahertz range.
(Emphasis mine)
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Can Windows even run on non-x86?
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Can Windows even run on non-x86?
With some hacking, yes. The PSP can run Windows XP I know.
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Folding anyone?
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With some hacking, yes. The PSP can run Windows XP I know.
It's not running XP natively though, correct? You are using a x86 emulator?
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It's not running XP natively though, correct? You are using a x86 emulator?
Nope, emulation.
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ibm works with alot of server chips, i think if some people here had 200k+ get a couple server boxs and starting folding those beasts.
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So it beats a 3.73 GHz Pentium Extreme huh? What doesn't nowadays????
    
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So it beats a 3.73 GHz Pentium Extreme huh? What doesn't nowadays????
Exactly.

I think some people missed the point of me posting this here.

It is a pretty horribly uninformed article.
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thousand = kilo
million = mega
billion = giga
But MIPS(million instructions per second) or MFLOPS(million floating point operations per second) ?

Because my E6750 has Dhrystone SSE2: 32085 MIPS = 32 billion instructions per second, i.e. 6 times faster than this IBM

Source: http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.c...id=2156&page=8
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