Win Xp on a Mac vs Win XP on a PC Test

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Cadkiller, Mar 22, 2006.

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    http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/03/22/mac_fastest_core_duo_laptop/


    The site measured the 2.16GHz Core Duo-based MacBook Pro ran through a series of Windows XP-native Photoshop CS2 scripts in 1m 10s - better than a 1.66GHz Core Duo-based Mac Mini (1m 56s) and a 2GHz Core Duo-based iMac (1m 25s). You'd expect that kind of difference given the three machines' different CPU speed grades.

    However, the site links to a set of tests carried out by PC Magazine on an array of Wintel Core Duo notebooks from the likes of Dell, Lenovo, Acer and Gateway. Only one came close: the Acer, with a score of 1m 11s; the others generated scores of 1m 52s to 1m 55s, all slower than the iMac.

    The iMac comparison is apposite because all the laptops tested had 2GHz Core Duo CPUs, just like the iMac. So did the Acer, which came in a nose of beating the 2.16GHz MacBook Pro. However, while the Acer has the same ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 GPU as the MacBook Pro, the GPU isn't fully enabled on the Apple machine under Windows XP.

    We're quite sure that as more Core Duo machines are tested, particularly those base on the 2.16GHz T2600 CPU, the MacBook Pro will lose its Windows XP Photoshop CS2 benchmark crown. But if the someone manages to get the Windows XP ATI drivers to operate correctly with the MacBook Pro, it's going to make for an interesting race. ®
     
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    nylon

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    The T43p is a single core machine and the Macbook is dual core how is this a fair comparison.
     
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    Because it doesn't utilize the dual core in any way for what it is doing in the test.
     
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    If that's the case, run the test again with the second core turned off.
     
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    Show me the CPU usage meters while performing this test, or disable one of the cores on the Mac and then rerun the test. Post your results.
     

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