Benchmarks G4 PB vs. CD/C2D MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by maxxum, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. maxxum macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2006
    I was waiting for apple to upgrade to C2D and was hoping the new macbooks would NOT have glossy screens to avoid buying the bigger and bulkier macbook pro.

    My other option is to go a generation back and pick up a used powerbook G4. Weird, huh? I just need a portable/ultraportable device that can run OSX so I can do a little bit of unix/osX programming every now and then.

    Where can I find benchmarks, or if someone has both comparisons of one against the other in tests like in Photoshop etc.?
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    You could try XBench's database to see how other people's machines compared in various hardware-based tests. None of them are specific to any apps though :eek:

    Or you could get a MacBook and some sandpaper...
  3. maxxum thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2006
  4. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    My PBG4 1.67 is almost exactly 4x slower than 2.16 CD MBP, doing video encoding (3rd party encoder, not QT). I'm sure that would be a max difference, but it's very significant.
  5. whowasthursday macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2006
    Vancouver, Canada
    Is Microsoft Office or Adobe Photoshop universal yet (i.e. intel and ppc?). Because if they are still just ppc and running on rosetta for the intels I could see that being an area where the powerbooks might outperform.
  6. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    No UB yet, but I did read that 10.4.8 increased the rosetta performance by 30%? Not sure if that's true.

    At any rate, it's only a matter of time before CS3 comes out, and then the Intel machines will blow the G4's outta the water.

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