Mac Leopard Performance

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  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003


    Category: Benchmarks
    Link: Mac Leopard Performance
    Description:: Primate Labs has updated their Mac performance chart feature to reflect Mac Leopard performance and to include the updated Mac Pro and the new MacBook Air.

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  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2007
    Greener places than I used to live
    It's interesting that a PPC 2.5ghz machine still beats the current 2.4ghz MBP's. The 2.6's where the only laptop above that particular G5. I never would have thought.
  3. macrumors G4

    Oct 14, 2005
    Doesn't that PPC that they benchmarked have two physical processors compared to the MBP's one?
  4. macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2006
    The PPC 2.5GHz you mention is a Dual-Dual Core, that is, with four cores, while the MBP has two cores. And the PPC is just for a very small margin faster, which points out to a smaller RAM/bus. I think we will be experiencing faster speeds in the future as the clock of the memory increases, because the CPU has been in the 2-3 GHz margin for a long while.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2007
    Greener places than I used to live
    So it's a quad-core machine? I had forgotten about the G5 Quads. I guess that explains it.
  6. Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
    PowerMac G5 Quad is still one of those PowerPC Macs worth getting.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2005
    You'll be paying it once over on your power bill though ;)
  8. macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2005
    That all depends. As said above, it is quite power-hungry. Also, the comparison made by TS is between the PowerMac and a laptop, even the 2.0 Ghz Mac Pro and the 2.8 Ghz iMac (with only two cores!) beat the old 2.5 dual dual G5. Furthermore, more and more software will be targeted to Intel Machines. And finally, the cheapest Mac Pro available new today, the 2.8 Ghz Quad, is only about 200$ more than the asking price of a 2.5 Ghz Quad G5. And scores 2000 points more. So no, I wouldn't recommend anyone investing in old G5 technology.
  9. macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2006
    This benchmark measures CPU/RAM performance, and the results are ordered based on CPU speed. Nothing is said about the speed of RAM. That is I believe what will make the difference in the next years, because having a lot of cores with a slow memory is useless. The Montevina platform has a fast bus, yes, there will be then fast and cheap memory available?!? Because, my MBP has a 800MHz bus, but the memory is 667MHz...:(
  10. macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    I bet it will become a collector's item in the future.
    Owning the best, fastest and power hungriest PowerPC based Mac ever is cool!

    Just one of those all time Mac-favourites and must haves...

    - Color Classic
    - TAM
    - iMac Rev. A
    - Cube
    - Xserve G4
    - Power Mac G5 Quad

  11. macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2007
    Matamoras, PA
    yeah the power consumption is one of the problems with the g5 and its a great processor but one the nice thing about going with the intel processors is that if you have a need to run windows you can and they require less power
  12. macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    PowerPC is still good but only for 64 bit Purposes.

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