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Daveway
Sep 6, 2004, 06:08 PM
Does anyone have any ideas as to how the new iMac G5 will stack up against the competition? I think the 1.6ghz G5 is about on par with a 2.8ghz P4. What do you all think?

Rabidjade
Sep 6, 2004, 07:10 PM
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=83389

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=77185

Good threads for reading. The 2 can't be compared and people try to justify why they think thier computer brand is better. You got 2 sides, a closed propitery side and an open, broad side. They both have thier good and bad points but they just can't be compared.

crazzyeddie
Sep 6, 2004, 07:24 PM
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=83389

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=77185

Good threads for reading. The 2 can't be compared and people try to justify why they think thier computer brand is better. You got 2 sides, a closed propitery side and an open, broad side. They both have thier good and bad points but they just can't be compared.

Best answer I've ever seen, especially instead of "Read the other threads, stupid".

gekko513
Sep 7, 2004, 07:33 AM
The links are good and the discussions in there bring up many good points about the difficulties of comparing a Mac to a P4 PC.

But, if I should guess, I would guess that an iMac G5@1.6GHz would be as speedy as a PC with a 2.5-3.0GHz P4 on applications that are properly optimized for both architectures.

On almost all games except maybe a few the iMac would probably be more similar to a 2.0-2.5GHz P4 with the same graphics card. The P4 has a triple advantage on games. The game code is always optimized for P4/AMD, Direct X development has gotten more resources than OpenGL development and OpenGL drivers for the different gpu's themselves has been optimized more for the P4/AMD/Windows environment.

Hopefully, game development for OpenGL, development of the OpenGL standard itself and optimization of OpenGL drivers for gpu's for Mac OS X will all see an increase when the Mac platform is more recognized as a profitable game market.