Although a number of points you make are accurate, lets at least do our best to not rewrite history. Intel won the war because they were the processor architecture used in the ibm pc. If you want to talk about what was faster, the DEC Alpha was faster then the Pentium. If you want to talk about what was more affordable, Be made a computer with a pair of processors that ran faster then a 386 for less money. You could build a computer with a cheap risc cpu and a dsp that would have much better mips per dollar/pound/franc then something with an intel processor. Intel won because they offered decent price performance which was able to still be reasonably competitive with offers from workstations by having a standardized way to add components to the cpu or motherboard chipset thereby allowing competition to thrive in a commodity market. I thought everyone knew this.