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Pentium at 2.7 GHz has same single-threaded performance as AMD A10 at 4.2 GHz
People here dramatically overestimate ARM CPUs. They might be power efficent but don't even come close to a shitty x86 Atom CPU. And real Desktop CPUs like Core i5 are mopping the floor with ARM CPUs in terms of raw performance.
Mainframes? No. (however ARM lacks even more to be here)
Notebooks? No. (Unless you need workstation on UPS :P )
It look like damn small market. In other there are also other factors at play, like power usage (how much power it takes), power efficiency (how much performance per 1Watt). Or like compatibility with existing software, or like uptime, error recovery, redundability, scalability, etc...
For a long time we had "Intel + Win" way. A bit of diversivity will be good for everybody.
Performance doesn't matter on Desktops, Server and Laptops? You must be living in a funny paralell universe.
ARM 9 is 4 times slower than Core i5 at same frequency.
ARM 57 will be still about 2 times slower which is too high difference.
3 GHz ARM 57 will be probably competitive only on servers (if 16 core system won't be expensive) and low end notebooks.
Laptops care about POWER EFFICIENCY, and POWER USAGE. (To the point where people will use less performant options for few extra hours of usage).
Desktops ok. Let's put hardcore gamers in "workstation" category, and what we get is people who use desktop for spread sheets, or programming, or listening to music or using facebook. Nothing where you care about cutting edge performanc. But only to have it enough for those tasks.
Professional photo editing, video editing, gaming? Yes ther performance is important and power usage/efficiency be damned.
So going back to blackouts comment earlier, no, Atoms are not that much better than ARM and while i5 is very powerful, it has a poor value and is overkill for the average user. i7 is unnecessary even for many workstation users. The crappy thing is Windows and Intel have got people thinking people need all this performance where in the end, dual core CPUs from 10 years ago are plenty sufficient for everyday non-production tasks. Same goes for RAM but that's a convo for another day.