After hearing Apple's claims that the new PowerBooks are "4 times faster," a number of people are quick to point out how slow the PowerPC processor has been all along despite Steve's claims otherwise. Not true. It's true that Steve's past G4 benchmarks were a little contrived. In an attempt to prove hz didn't matter, he tended to favor graphical applications optimized for the Altivec engine. Not a good test of real world performance. But this doesn't mean the new Intel processors blow the doors off the G5. Far from it. The "4 times faster" claim refers only to the long in the tooth laptop line where Apple replaced a single dated G4 processor with the equivalent of two Intel processors with faster clock speeds in addition to other improvements. Of course it's 4 times faster. Hz for hz, the G5 and Intel processors are roughly the same with one exception: the Intel runs cooler so you can use it in a laptop. So don't go throwing out your G5 desktop just yet.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
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