17" Albook performance question

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Aciddan, Jun 18, 2003.

  1. macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2002
    I'm in the process of convincing my wife that I really should get a new lappy (currently have 14" iBook - 1st generation with the Rage card).

    I've got her back to an August purchase of either a 15 or 17 powerbook (hopefully, I can get this back to mid july) so this means that after wwdc I'll be ramping up my purchasing enquiries...

    what I need/want to know is how virtual PC performs on the 1 Ghz powerbooks. At work I develop windows apps and I was wondering what the equivalent PC the virtual PC matches up against.

    I know how fast my iBook performs and A guy at work has a dual 1 gig that he says runs like a 600Mhz PC when working with windows, but any personal experiences would be greatly appreciated.

    -- Dan, trapped between the mac and PC world... =)
  2. Moderator emeritus


    Oct 5, 2001
    San Diego, CA
    Funny you should ask...I started a thread on VPC6 performance a while ago, testing it out on my 15" 1GHz.

    Take a peek
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2002
    Thanks for the link

    Good to see the results...

    I was using win98, 2k, NT and XP on the iBook on different occasions. it said my PC was roughly a low end PII.

    for things like office, ie etc. was bearable on the iBook, but it's good to know that if I go to a 1Ghz+ (assuming bigger nastier stuff comes at WWDC) that VPC may be entirely useable with the dev apps I run (I could tun them on the iBook, but they were well under the 'bearable' level).

    I'm surprised in your thread that a guy actually got half-life running - I thought D3d/openGL dies in VPC...

    I wonder if connectix/Ms can tweak VPC enough to directly pass-through Opengl calls rather than emulate the S3 trio (does VPC6 emulate a different video card if you have more vid ram than 8 meg)?

    -- Daniel =)

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