I've been thinking lately, the pentium 3 architecture was pretty solid. I mean look what its brought us now, the core duo and core 2 duo architecture are both heavily based off of this design and obviously leave powerpc in the dust. I think the problem is that the SIMD instructions on the pentium 3 weren't heavily pushed in benchmarks, whereas everything done with the G4 was almost always altivec enhanced. Lets look at some articles as well http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/article/1465/ Seems to come to the same conclusion i'm thinking , Also this article goes a bit more in depth so you can see the architectures of the day http://www.scribd.com/doc/23982898/Basic-Comparison-of-PowerPC-and-Pentium-Processor-Families So I'm not sure, was it all just the buzz of the day? I mean sure, apple may have had the better operating systems, but was it just steve jobs candy coating things to make us think we had the better hardware as well?