ARMed and Dangerous: ARM vs. x86 - Which Will Win the Computing War?



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A lot of good comments in reply to this article.... especially when the market Analyzers can't factor in PC builds into the numbers, and are solely basing their data off of people who buy complete PCs at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, online, etc..  Most gamers build their own PCs, and since gamers make up a majority of Desktop users, I don't see how there would be a valid argument in even suggesting that the Desktop would be replaced by ARM devices.


The second issue with this argument is that ARM devices require internet.  You can't hook them directly into Modems.  So unless they start installing CAT5 connections with built-in ethernet cards, your still going to need some sort of Desktop in your home to provide WiFi so that your Tablet or other ARM device can actually utilize the internet.  Can't rely on your carrier's service, especially when all but Sprint have placed bandwidth limits (good bye streaming) on their services.  So without a WiFi connection from your PC (or stealing from your neighbor), your ARM device becomes a neat looking, expensive paper weight.





Something I have allways been curious about. When you talk about Desktop share of the market do you only count whole shipped pcs? I would say I've built over 30 Desktops for people since I built my first one back 9 years ago. How do you factor in the sales of the individual parts vs potential personally built PCs?

Anyone who knows please get back to me.



i dont think its logistically possible for anyone to be able to collect data on that. i mean, even if you could get anonymous statistics on online orders and instore purchases of full sets of computer components, some people go around to different websites and stores to get the best deals. and some people buy components at different time periods because either theyre waiting for newer parts or simply cant afford to buy everything en masse



now that you mention it, I'd like to know that one as well. good question!



Personally I just can't understand how one could solely depend on these mobile devices, as they all lack storage. Are people expected to steam everything from the magical cloud? Well we know what the ISPs think of that idea. The only alternative it seems is to make these devices less portable by having to carry around portable HDDs and such, but we know some of these devices don't even support common connections to use such devices. I'm not saying people need to carry around terrabytes of data, nor is it a good idea for them to do so, but 16, 32, 64 seems so 2003 to me, especially concidering the size of my iTunes folder.



Solid state memory has been getting bigger, in smaller form factors, and costing less to make. With the reduction on price of NAND memory, the oncoming of the newest types of RAM, and the steady developement of the memresistor, I wouldn't be surpirsed if solid state memory surpassed magnetic disks as the preferred choice in the commerical non-volatile storage arena before 2020.



In comparison to all the embedded processors out there, the number of CPUs by ARM, Intel, and AMD is still just a rounding over error. Look what is running in cars, GPS receivers, e-book readers, clocks, printers, and appliances to see the true winner.



Did you guys forget about Nvidia's Project Denver, their desktop ARM cpu, or you just couldn't get enough information for the article?



Iunno, I haven't really heard much about Project Denver either. Its still a mystery to me.



I'm not sure how the world's gadgets and tech will be in a decade, but lately I've been facepalming a lot.

I swear, Apple users have been louder and dumber in more recent days.



Totally agree as I hear people saying how much better iPad 2 is over iPad 1. I'll give them maybe on the benchmarks, but nothing they'll actually notice.


Brad Nimbus


The biggest piss off is when you hear the "well it just works"  speech >:(

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