Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Apple versus AMD

Apple's top of the line phone is twice as powerful as my 2017 iMac. It also costs more. That seems like overkill, although I'm kind of impressed.

My new AMD Ryzen 9 7940hs mini-computer is five times faster than the 2017 iMac. According to Geekbench, the new Apple M3 chip is 1% slower than the AMD chip, although that doesn't compare the extra functionality on both chips, like graphics and AI.

Apple has more powerful versions of the M3. However, the base model M3 laptop starts at $1600. Apple products are not cost effective, at least not compared to AMD. If you want Apple products then you pay more.

It was just 10 months ago that everyone went orgasmic over the new M2 Mac Mini. However, you couldn't upgrade the computers once you bought them, and the $600 base model came with inadequate memory and storage. Apple charged a fortune to get better specs. This looked like a scam to me.

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