quote: I am curious what the floating point performance of the new power6 architecture is like.
I remember thinking when Apple announced their switch to Intel CPUs that it was a bad move because Apples are often used in floating-point intensive applications: video editing/rendering, graphic design, audio, etc.
The power5 has a better floating-point unit than anything Intel has made. SSE has always been a little gimped, like it is an after-thought. Altivec, on the other hand, is still better than SSE3.
Too bad Apple switched, because the power6 sounds like it might have the power characteristics that Steve jobs was looking for. Of course, the ability to run Windows on a Mac has probably converted quite a few people who would otherwise have stayed with their PC, and is probably worth more money to Apple than the better vector performance offered by the Power architecture.