2020 has been a crap year all around, but the battle of the fastest processor has been pretty interesting.
AMD is rising, Intel seems to be falling, and Apple recently switched to their own home-grown ARM-based chips.
So, which is best? Which CPU is the fastest?
As usual, it’s complicated…
Going forward, let’s just say that 2021 will be an even more interesting year as the battle heats up and consumers get more speed, lower power consumption, and even lower prices!
Okay, so I just can’t keep quiet about this one.
Apple has released their latest iPhones, the 5S and the 5C. While the release of the 5C is particularly hilarious given that it’s a “low-end” phone that Jobs said Apple would never release because they’re a “premium products” company.
That’s not what’s really bugging me, although it does help me laugh myself to sleep at night.
What’s bugging me is the fact that the #1 “attraction” in the new iPhone is the 64-bit processor.
Does a 64-bit processor actually matter at all? Is it really 2X faster?
No, it isn’t.
You’ve probably heard of ARM processors a lot lately. They are used in all kinds of devices like smartphones, tablets, routers, and so on. I’m sure you’ve also heard why they are so great: They’re powerful, and they’re extremely energy efficient!
Well, so is my Intel processor in my desktop computer, frankly. On average, it uses about 9W of power (I measured), and it’s a quad-core chip!
Well, 9W is a lot for smartphones, which have very small batteries. But still, what is the deal with these mystical ARM processors? What exactly are they, and what makes them so great?