Well, its not looking so good now! The Mac Duo is slower or only slightly faster than the PowerPC version on recent benchmarks. The PowerMacs are much faster too, even at the same speed processor. Hmmm....check it out here http://www.macaddict.com/forums/topic/76536/1. Other sites have benchmarks too and they show pretty much the same thing. Hopefully Apple can fix this with some updates or something. -maestro
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Good point. Just because the hardware is out does not mean the software is going to handle the same way. If it did, then Rosetta would not have to be implimented and processor architecture could be ignored by programmers. Wait until 10.5 to see an awesome example.
If only we could emulate at that level...oooooh....
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I read reports elsewhere that the MacBook Pros at MacWorld dropped frames playing .h264 content. I forget where I read that, but the guy who wrote it says his PowerBook G4 was better at playing .h264.
This is worrying as I'm sure Quicktime was one of the first things to be optimized for Intel chips. Not only that, but the ATI card in the MacBook supports .h264 decoding, so it was likely doing some of the work too. This means that two Intel cores and a good ATI GPU cannot match a single, slower G4 chip. Do not underestimate the power of Altivec....
Looks like the MacTel iMac beats my dpG5 in about 65% of tests on xBench. Who knows how accurate these new marks are, but those who have/plan to purchase one of these new pcs will be very happy. -maestro
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