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50 million computers to replace: China ordered government agencies to get rid of foreign PCs

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China has ordered government agencies and state-backed corporations to replace foreign-brand personal computers with domestic counterparts within two years, in one of Beijing’s most aggressive efforts to date to phase out key foreign technologies.

After the May holiday, employees were encouraged to trade in foreign PCs for local alternatives running on a domestically developed operating system, according to people familiar with the plan. The central government-sanctioned initiative is likely to eventually replace at least 50 million PCs at the central government level alone. This was stated by sources who asked to remain anonymous.

50 million computers to replace: China ordered government agencies to get rid of foreign PCs

The decision is the development of China’s decade-long campaign to replace imported technology with local alternatives, which spans everything from semiconductor products to networking equipment and phones. The decision is expected to directly impact sales of HP and Dell Technologies, the country’s largest PC brands after Lenovo Group.

These efforts reflect Beijing’s growing concern for information security, as well as confidence in domestic equipment. The world’s largest laptop and server manufacturers today include Lenovo, Huawei Technologies and Inspur, while local developers such as Kingsoft and Standard Software have made headway in the office software category.

The campaign will be rolled out to regional government agencies within two years, the sources said.

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How much faster is Mac than iPhone? All current Apple A Bionic platforms and all Apple M SoCs were brought together in one big test

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How much faster is Mac than iPhone All current Apple

The MacWorld resource decided to compare all the current Apple M and Apple A platforms in one big test.

How much faster is Mac than iPhone?  All current Apple A Bionic platforms and all Apple M SoCs were brought together in one big test

Unfortunately, there are only results in Geekbench, albeit including the GPU. These results do not always correspond to the alignment of forces in real tasks, but at least we have a comparison of two dozen SoCs.

How much faster is Mac than iPhone?  All current Apple A Bionic platforms and all Apple M SoCs were brought together in one big test

How much faster is Mac than iPhone?  All current Apple A Bionic platforms and all Apple M SoCs were brought together in one big test

As you can see, the difference in single-threaded performance is very small, even when comparing the 2020 A14 Bionic to the latest M2 Pro/Max. Multi-threaded mode puts everything in its place. The undisputed leader remains the M1 Ultra, as it contains a 20-core CPU. The base M2 Pro with a 10-core CPU performs almost on par with the M1 Max, and all other platforms are already far behind. It is immediately clear at the same time that there is actually quite a big difference between the SoC for the iPhone and for the Mac, although the A16 Bionic is still not catastrophically behind the base M1.

How much faster is Mac than iPhone?  All current Apple A Bionic platforms and all Apple M SoCs were brought together in one big test

As for the GPU, the difference between the platforms is even greater, which is logical, given the difference in the number of GPU cores. Here, too, the M1 Ultra in the top version has no competitors, although the M2 Max with a 38-core GPU outperforms the base M1 Ultra with a 48-core GPU. It should also be noted that the M1 Max in any configuration is faster than the M2 Pro. The result of the M2 in the iPad Pro also looks interesting, where the GPU is not much slower than in the base M2 Pro.

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The new Apple Mac Pro will not support discrete graphics cards. Adding RAM won’t work either.

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The new Apple Mac Pro will not support discrete graphics

The new Mac Pro model due this year will not support discrete graphics cards.

Well-known Bloomberg journalist and insider Mark Gurman claims that with the transition to Apple Silicon, the most expensive and powerful PC of the Cupertino giant will lose support for discrete 3D cards and will only use GPUs in single-chip systems.

The new Apple Mac Pro will not support discrete graphics cards.  Adding RAM won't work either.

The GPU itself, apparently in the top configuration, will have 76 cores. This is a lot, since even the M2 Max with a 38-core GPU is able to compete with mid-range GeForce RTX video cards at least in benchmarks. However, it is worth remembering that the current Mac Pro, if desired, can be equipped with two dual-chip Radeon Pro W6800X Duo with a total performance of over 30 TFLOPS. True, only for these adapters you will have to pay almost $ 10,000.

In any case, it will be very interesting to see if the top-end Mac Pro can compete with its predecessor in GPU-intensive tasks.

Gurman also says that the new Mac Pro will not get replaceable RAM. Actually, both statements are quite logical, since all PCs with Apple Silicon do not have external RAM and do not support discrete graphics cards. Now the Mac Pro allows you to install up to 768 GB of RAM, and the new model may well lose on this indicator.

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Apple simply does not have weak PCs left. $600 Mac mini beats $6,000 Mac Pro

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Apple simply does not have weak PCs left 600 Mac

With the transition to its own Apple M platforms, Apple has made it so that there are simply no weak PCs in its assortment now. According to recent tests, the $600 Mac mini outperforms the base Mac Pro, which costs an order of magnitude more!

Apple simply does not have weak PCs left.  $600 Mac mini beats $6,000 Mac Pro

So far, there are tests only in Geekbench, where the novelty scores 1944 and 8790 points in single-threaded and multi-threaded modes, respectively, while the $6000 Mac Pro on the eight-core Intel Xeon scores 1019 and 8037 points. That is, the single-threaded performance of the Mac Pro is almost half that!

At the same time, of course, it is still unclear whether the Mac mini is faster in real tasks, but here we need to wait for the tests. Also, do not forget that Mac Pro not only allows you to update the configuration, but also install various 3D cards, expansion cards, etc., in Mac mini, nothing can be replaced at all.

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