Originally Posted by Coldbourne
The MIPS processor is a RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) processor. Compared with their CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computer) counterparts, RISC processors typically support fewer and much simpler instructions.
OK, on a serious note...
Nowadays, ANY processor is MIPS which translates to "Millions of instructions per second. A measure of processing power." MIPS is NOT a "design logic" (as oposed to RISC/CISC), and in your post you were stating that the G4 is MIPS, compared to Pentiums which are CISC... Sounded very uninformed and all you do is to confirm that that's your knowledge level with the follow up.
BTW, since you are NOT a professional musician, and you are NOT working with pro audio apps, you CANNOT back your statement with factual data. I work on a daily basis with CubaseSX, Sibelius, Sound Forge 7 and I know very well what x86 based systems can provide.
Samantha is looking for a laptop. Since you were replying to her, talking about dual-core CPUs is completely out of context. She wants the best she can get in a portable system. Apple does not fulfill that criteria. As an example, the G4 barely manages against similarly clocked Athlon XP.
Most of the professional sound engineers I know (and I know quite a few) work with AMD based systems, and in terms of latency when working in a multitrack environment, recording 16 channels simultaneously (for example), they notice no slowdown, syncronization problems or lost audio frames.
MACs were good/better for audio/video work a few years ago. Now the playing field is level, if not better for x86-based systems.
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