[citation][nom]jaywalker512[/nom]Sooo... we need benchmarks. Can anyone provide?[/citation]
its kind of a trade off.
arm = LOW POWER, and by low i mean insanely low... but does less per clock for that.
x86 = power hungry, but does far more per clock.
arm needs to have specialized software to full take advantage of it, while x86 can brute force bad coding and be usefull...
basically, if you make it for arm, it will work and be low power, such as a media center and specific codecs, but you honestly arent going to be running photoshop on it.
the reason that its being looked at for servers, is because its low power. google for instance, costs i think it was 130000 per hour in power alone, i did the math a long time ago when they talked about what they used for 1 service. if you had to have 8 arms to do what 1 of the other cpus does, it would be cost effective because the 8 arms would out do any of the competition on power usage. and because you wouldn't need as much cooling, if any, you could make it more compact, saveing space while still preforming at what you need it to, with less of a power draw.