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Old May 23rd, 2010, 03:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Droid Eris vs. my old computer

My first computer was a hand-me-down from my father. It had a Pentium II, 200ish mhz. I think it had 64 MB ram and a 2 gig hard drive. I'm pretty sure that my Eris is faster and better than this computer in every respect except for screen size, but I wonder, how does the Eris's processor compare to other x86 processors out there?

Has anybody benchmarked arm based CPUs against old pentium CPUs? Does anybody know how our phone processors stack up against computer processors?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instructions_per_second
I could not find the Pentium II on the list. But it does show that the Pentium III as running 1,354 MIPS (million instructions per second) at 500 MHz


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARM_architecture
Shows Arm 11 running 740 MIPS at 532–665 MHz

It's almost 1/2 as fast as a Pentium III while smaller and using tons less power.

I know this isn't a true heads up test but just some info to add to the discussion.
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In terms of sheer power, most likely no. An Eris is only capable of doing maybe 3-5 megaflops per second. In comparison, a Moto Droid can do around 30 and its probably barely reaching the capability of a Pentium II. Of course, megaflops aren't everything, and the architecture is vastly different from an x86 so its more efficient. And your Eris does have more RAM than that computer, so it can process things more efficiently, and has more storage. The CPU's featureset is probably far more advanced than a Pentium II as well. For example, a Pentium II will struggle at decoding an MP4 video because it lacks certain instructions necessary for decoding MP4, yet your Eris can do it with ease. And the Eris has the most obvious advantage, its entirely portable and pocket-able.
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And the Eris has the most obvious advantage, its entirely portable and pocket-able.
I don't know. That 15 inch CRT was pretty nice!
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It certainly is faster than my old Toshiba Pentium 90MHz computer with 8 MB of RAM and a 400 MB hard drive! Ahh that computer was so painful!
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It's 2010. It's easily going to be faster than a computer from 1999. But not something I'd brag or be happy about. Still sucks as a phone.
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CISC VS RISC lol..

id go with the CISC all day long..
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I'm sure an older computer running Linux would still be faster than the Eris, but since computers are typically running Windows, you can certainly do your basic browsing, email, etc. faster on the Eris.

I often take my 900MHz Pentium M laptop (about 5 years old) to the Coffee Bean, and in the time it takes Windows XP to boot up, I've already responded to all my work emails and read all the new forum posts on my phone. If I were running Linux on the laptop, it would be a different story.
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