Speed Difference. What do you think?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Rezet, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. Rezet macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2003
    Connecticut, United States of America
    In your opinion, If we take 4 laptops. How do you think overall their speed and performance will be against each other?
    In other words, In percents, how fast each computer will be comparing to a control one (you choose which one).

    Example: ibook - 20% slower than 867 Mhz 12" Pbook.

    900Mhz G3 14"1 iBook
    867Mhz G4 12"1 Pbook
    867Mhz G4 15"2 Pbook
    1Ghz G4 15"2 Pbook

    How would they stack against each other? Would 900Mhz ibook be far behind 867 15" Pbook?

    I'm also interested how far G3 is behind G4.
    How much faster 900Mhz G4 would be over 900Mhz G3?
  2. Daveman Deluxe macrumors 68000

    Daveman Deluxe

    Jun 17, 2003
    Corvallis, Oregon
    In heavy-duty stuff such as video editng (basically, anything optimized for AltiVec), here are my estimates:

    The 900MHz iBook is the control, here.
    867 MHz 12" AlBook: 40% faster
    867 MHz 15" TiBook: 50% faster
    1 GHz 15" TiBook: 55% faster

    In more basic stuff such as Word and Safari, here are my estimates:

    Again, with the 900 MHz iBook as the control:
    867 MHz 12" AlBook: 5% slower
    867 MHz 15" TiBook: 5% slower
    1 Ghz 15" TiBook: 10% faster

    These are estimates, to be sure. I've never done any measurements. They're actually not estimates, they're just wild guesses. I do know the 867MHz G4s are slower or even with the 900 MHz G3 in the second category, though.
  3. Noc macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2002
    I pretty much agree with your estimates for basic Word/Safari type tasks, but for altiVec tasks, I think the G4 has more of an impact. Something more like...

    900Mhz iBook = control
    867 12" AlBook: 400% faster
    867 15" TiBook: 400% faster
    1 Ghz Tibook: 500% faster

    Benchmarks are available at
  4. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Re: Speed Difference. What do you think?

    that depends on what you're doing. On the internet, playing warcraft 3, using many common apps, the difference is zero. that's right, nothing. The G4 at the same clockspeed will not do one iota better.

    But, if you're using apps that are altivec aware, such as photoshop, then the G4 will not only be faster, it will be MUCH faster.

    In short, the G4 is only faster on certain tasks that take advantage of its architecture, but on those select tasks, it absolutely crushes the G3. So to determine if an ibook or powerbook is right for you, you really need to know what apps you will be using, and if they take advantage of altivec and the velocity engine on the G4.
  5. MacBoyX macrumors 6502


    Jan 3, 2003
    East Coast, USA
    I disagree... the altivec makes a difference but not that much at the 12" PB level. The lack of L3 cache makes it about the same if not slower than a 900MHz G3.

    The G3 is a superior chip than the G4 is some ways and the G4 has altivec which helps in some intensive tasks.

    I'll will cite this example, a friend has a brand new 12" PB 867. I have a brand new 12" iBook 900. We both have 640MB of RAM.

    With nothing but iTunes running, I ripped a CD faster than he did. I completed a list of simple photoshop actions faster (flip, resized, watermark, save and close). This shocked me.

    The iBook was slightly faster in Safari and iChat felt a bit snappier.

    I'd say that using the 12" AlBook as a control:
    In Altivec operations:

    900Mhz iBook is 5-10% faster
    867Mhz TiBook is 30% faster
    1Ghz TiBook is 40% faster

    in Non Altivec Ops:
    900Mhz iBook is 5% faster
    867 TiBook 15 is 10% faster
    1Ghz Tibook is 20% faster.

    In a real world situations the 900MHz iBook is much faster than you'd expect.

    Hope that helps

    I wonder if we can get a few people to offer to benchmark their Macs and compare?

  6. fjs08 macrumors 65816

    Jun 25, 2003
    >>867Mhz TiBook is 30% faster
    1Ghz TiBook is 40% faster <<

    One thing I kept noticing is that there isn't much difference between the 867 and 1 GHz TiBooks. I'm leaning toward a TiBook over an iBook on pure screen size. Any reason to select the 1GHz over the 867??

  7. Rezet thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2003
    Connecticut, United States of America
    How long can Ibook 900 run on one charge?
    And How long can 15" Pbook run?
  8. Rezet thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2003
    Connecticut, United States of America
    Hmm, I just reviewed macspeedzone stats, and found it kind of surprising. 14"1 iBook really does beat 12" pbook in about half applications. If that source is reliable, then i guess, many people underestimate the power of ibook.
  9. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    That's ludicrous. :D 400% faster? I'd say that an iBook is slower than a 12" PB because of the simple fact that even the OS itself is made to take advantage of Altivec, but c'mon, that's a very big number. For applications not involving video editing or PS work, I'd say that the iBook is very competitive.
    Haha, yes they are wild guesses, but I think that they're probably very good "wild" guesses. ;) More like educated guesses. :cool:

    Here's what I think.

    ALTIVEC RELATED TASKS (Photoshop, video stuff...)
    900MHz iBook = Control
    867 MHz 12" AlBook: 30% faster
    867 MHz 15" TiBook: 40% faster
    1 GHz 15" TiBook: 55% faster

    For MS Word, emailing, etc...
    900MHz iBook = Control
    867 MHz 12" AlBook: 5% faster
    867 MHz 15" TiBook: 10% faster
    1 Ghz 15" TiBook: 20% faster
  10. Rezet thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2003
    Connecticut, United States of America
    I got a question. How much space does OS X takes up fully installed on HDD? Along with all the programs that come with it standard like iTunes, iMovie etc....
  11. gopher macrumors 65816

    Mar 31, 2002
    Maryland, USA
    With or without language, and printer support? There are several ways to install. The default is about 2.5 GB. And then you need to add upwards of 3 GB depending on how much RAM you have on a G4, or upwards of 9 GB if you max out the G5.

    The swapfile space alone needs room to grow and match the existing RAM configuration, otherwise it slows down because of how swapfile space works.
  12. Lyle macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2003
    Madison, Alabama
    By itself, the difference in processor speed between the two models certainly doesn't justify the $600 price difference. But you do understand that the processor speed isn't the only difference between the 867MHz TiBook and the 1GHz TiBook, right? It's up to you to decide if the additional (or upgraded) features for the 1GHz TiBook are worth the price difference.

    The easiest way to compare is to just go to the the on-line Apple Store and look at the specs for these models side-by-side. To put it in perspective, if you were to start with the 867MHz model and then customize it to add in all of the upgrades that you'd get standard with the 1GHz model (e.g. 512Mb RAM, 60Gb hard drive, SuperDrive and AirPort), you end up with a final cost very close to the base price for the latter.
  13. Rezet thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2003
    Connecticut, United States of America

    Well, Lets say I have 1Ghz G4 with 512Mbs of Ram.
    If I install eveyrthing, Well language support - 2 langages im interested in and ofcourse printer suport.
    How much space would I need just for system to function properly?
  14. hacurio1 macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2002
    Don't forger the video card, there is a huge differnce there. I'll say, go with the 1 Ghz. Ask owners of these machines what they think, most will tell you that it kicks ass!!!
  15. gopher macrumors 65816

    Mar 31, 2002
    Maryland, USA
    Then you need 4 GB of free hard disk or more space to install and not to let the free hard disk space get under 1.5 GB.
  16. rhpenguin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2003
    London, Ontario
    I see everything here, but lets get some numbers... can anyone recomend some good software for benchmarks on the Mac? My 800Mhz would make the perfect sacrificial lamb...
  17. jalagl macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2003
    Costa Rica
    How about java development?


    I'm having sort of the same question - I'll buy either a 900Mhz ibook or a 867 TiBook in the next few days (I'm leaning towards the TiBook for the screen). Apart from browsing, email, etc. I'll use it for Java development - How much of a performance gain, if any, will I get from java apps in the TiBook? Is this one application in which the additional investment would be justified?


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