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.