Originally posted by Akac
I can tell you right now fact wise that a 1.5 Ghz Pentium M 1.5 Ghz CPU IS faster than a 1.67 Ghz G4 that's in the current laptops.
I find it kind of amusing that no matter which Apple fan site I go to the word is 'PPC rocks! x86 sucks! Talk to the hand'
My experience with my 1.42 ghz Mac Mini with 1GB RAM is that the G4 seems sluggish.
As we all know the G4 can't run 720p H264 video at full frame rate. My Mini runs them at about 50% or 66%. My brother's girlfriend's 1.7 ghz Dell laptop which cost her slightly less than an entry 12" iBook, runs 720p H264 video at full frame rate no problem.
A while ago I ran the Cinebench benchmark on two PCs and my Mini. The last test which is the scene render took the following:
Mac Mini 1.42ghz 1GB - 201 seconds.
Pentium-M 1.4ghz 256MB - 141 seconds.
Pentium 4 3Ghz 2GB - 80 seconds.
At some point I'm hoping to do a Lightwave 8.5 render and Vue 5 render to see the differences there.
I've also tried Warcraft III. Ran smoothly on a 1.1ghz Athlon with 768MB RAM and a Radeon 8500. But does not on my Mini. But that may down to running it at 1280x1024 on the Mini instead of 1024x768.
Folding@home. Takes my Mini about 6-7 days to process a work unit. My P4 3ghz takes about 2 days.
I've yet to do any tests with rendering audio or video but I'm still expecting the G4 to lose.
OK. I'm not expecting a G4 to beat a P4 but you guys make it sound like x86 sucks period.
You might say but a dual-processor/dual-core G5 kicks a P4's arse in this benchmark or that benchmark. It might do. But the machine costs twice as much as a P4 based machine but it doesn't give twice the performance.
And take World of Warcraft. I run it on my P4 3ghz with 6800GT with all settings full on. It always runs incredibly smoothly. From what I've read, even if you've got a Dual Processor 2.5ghz G5 with a 6800 Ultra you have to pull the draw distance back. And Doom 3 doesn't perform too good on a Mac. Again, silky smooth on my setup - even with vsync on.
When Steve confirmed the move to Intel, I was happy. I'll be buying myself a Intel based Mac laptop next year without any worries. I think you guys should give up slagging off Intel. Its not Intel that sucks, its Microsoft's Windows O/S that does.