How did PPC compare to Intel?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Sunnzy, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. Sunnzy macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2007
    Just wondering if there is an easy way to know how fast a PPC chip is compared to Intel Chips?

    AMD has an easy numbering thing like Athlon64 3200 is like P4 3.2. So I wonder if there a way to know roughtly (very roughly I guess, since performance depends on a lot of things.) how would PPC compared... e.g. G3 500mhz.
  2. Yoursh macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2006
    The PPC architecture is completely different from x86 processors so there's no exact comparison. I have heard in the past though people giving a rough estimate by saying 'double the PPC freq. to equal a x86 freq.'. For example a 1.33GHz PPC would roughly equal a 2.66GHz x86 processor. Though given duel PPC processors and the like, it's probably not an acurate measurement.
  3. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    Sitting here working happily away on my powerbook I take exception to your use of PPC in the past tense. Youngsters these days....
  4. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

    Nov 17, 2004
    The Msp
    I would recommend going to and looking through their results browser to compare Macs. That program seems pretty solid and it might give you a good feel for performance comparisons across the different CPU's.
  5. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Back in the days of the Pentium 2 and Pentium III, PowerPC processors like the 604 and 604e were almost always faster but the operating system slowed them down dramatically.

    Once the G3 processors arrived, Motorola was having clock speed issues and Intel wasn't. The G3 was faster than the 604e on some things because of the backside cache but performed poorly overall until recently when IBM brought back higher performance to the design. The G4 was and is a pathetic G3 with an amazing SIMD unit. Perhaps, considering the size of the SIMD unit, it's the other way round.
  6. Sunnzy thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2007
    And I am working on a G3 as I am typing this message, if not anything, this is the reason why I started this thread.

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