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The company that makes Alpha processors is claiming that the chip beats every other contender hands down in the SPECcpu stakes. But as famous English hooker Mandy Rice-Davies said apropos of a different matter completely, "They would say that, wouldn't they". According to Alpha Processor Inc (API), a company partly owned by Samsung and Compaq, API's 667MHz dual UP2000 system beats the nearest equivalent Unix box on both price and performance. API reckons that its system costs around $7,000 while the nearest Unix equivalent is around $60,000 for a base system. Yesterday, API demoed its systems, once more, at graphics fair SIGGRAPH 98. We expect the flak to arrive from Sun, HP, Intel (and Compaq?) any minute now... API has posted the benchmarks here ®

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