Putting together my latest “beast” made me think about the very first computer that my dad and I (well, mostly my dad) built back in 1991. Let’s compare the two:
Unnamed PC (circa 1991):
- Intel 486DX/33Mhz
- 16MB RAM
- 200MB hard disk
- 2MB VESA Local Bus video card
Yet-to-be-named PC (circa 2007):
- AMD Althon 64 X2 2.5GHz (Brisbane core)
- 2GB RAM
- 160GB & 320GB hard disks
- 128MB PCI Express x16 video card
Comparison points (new vs. old):
- Nearly 50% Cheaper: I think the ’91 PC cost about $1200 (or more?) to build. The ’07 one was a little over $650.
- Nearly 500 times faster: The DX/33 could produce 18.1 Dhrystone MIPS. The Athlon 64 X2 produces 4300 per core!
- 128 times the system RAM
- 64 times the video RAM
- 2400 times the hard disk capacity
Build pix will be up on Flickr once I’ve started, which may not be until next week. We’ll see.