PS3 vs. Quad-Core Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Games' started by Shacklebolt, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. Shacklebolt macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, let's get into the ridiculously hypothetical here.

    Let's say that Apple let Sony use the PS3 to run OSX. What would run it faster, the top of the line mac pro, with, let's say, 2 GB of RAM, or the PS3? And could someone explain to me why?
     
  2. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

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    Far less. It struggles to compete with a 1.6Ghz G5 (someone geekbenched it)
     
  3. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    The Cell is made for number crunching and...



    There is no and. It's great for that stuff, but pretty poor for most other things.
     
  4. Mac Player macrumors regular

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    The cell processor inside the PS3 is a CPU optimized for games, it will only be to beat the Woodcrest on a few tasks. Anyway the Mac Pro features 2 woodcrests so basically it blows the PS3 away.
     
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    exactly. A reward for silliest post/thread of the day is surely forthcoming.
     
  7. Shacklebolt thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sweet, what do I win?

    And what do you mean, why does it matter? With the nine billion PS3 posts on here, and Ken Kutaragi (of Sony) calling the PS3 a "computer, not a video game console", it seems perfectly reasonable to compare its computing power to that of a, you know, actual top of the line computer.
     
  8. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    Yup. As long as we can replace 'silliest' with a stronger word then im all for it.
     
  9. tyr2 macrumors 6502a

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    Absolute silliness.

    Now, back to business: I reckon Batman would hand Spiderman his ass on a plate? Whaddya think?
     
  11. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    Never in a million years. Batman is nothing without his gadgets. Spiderman is more agile and stronger :rolleyes:

    I recall the PS3 did folding computations at an amazing rate, faster than a Mac Pro. I could be way off on this though, I'll try to look for the link.
     
  12. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, but all The WitchBlade has to do is turn up, and they're both so stunned they faint :D
     
  13. saunders45 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah but Batman is a player..... How many hot chicks does Spider Man get?
     
  14. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    I like how this thread has gone... Good effort.
     
  15. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    Spider Man has Mary Jane and the Black Cat. And MJ's a redhead. :)

    And on topic, I thought we discussed this years ago when the cell came out. The cell isn't a good general purpose processor, and it can't handle massive amounts of RAM, so the MP would be a much better computer in all but a few tasks.
     
  16. blitzkrieg79 macrumors 6502

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    I think you asked the wrong question. The Cell found in PS3 is more of a specialized processor and it won't run OSX any faster than Intel Core 2 Duo. IBM designed the PS3 Cell with Sonys specifications. However, people don't realize that Cell is not limited to one processor, it's a versatile architecture and in 2008 IBM will release a more friendly version of Cell (with much more improved double precison floating point performance) for general purpose computing tasks that will also go in to Roadrunner supercomputer. So basically , if the OS X would have been programmed and recompiled from scratch for the Cell I am pretty sure it would wipe the floor with any of the current Intel offerings.

    http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/News/Details.aspx?NewsId=19418

    http://www.beyond3d.com/forum/showthread.php?t=36335

    http://www.cercs.gatech.edu/docs/SC06_Cell_111606.pdf
     

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