Older Mac Models - 1997

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The graphs below represent a performance comparison between older and discontinued Mac models and Mac clones. Testing was done using MacBench with most results supplied by Ziff-Davis Labs. MacBench profiles popular software programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Word 6.0 and QuarkXpress among a variety of others and applies these profiles to the various subsystems being tested. See this description of what MacBench tests and how. Longer bars equals faster performance.

Keep in mind when comparing results that they can only be accurately compared to results from the same version of MacBench. You cannot compare 4.0 results to 3.0 results etc.

Processor Test

Processor Graph

Floating Point Test

Floating Point Graph

Disk Mix Test
Disk Mix Graph

Publishing Disk Mix Test

Publishing Disk Mix Graph

Graphics Mix Test

Graphics Graph

Publishing Graphics Mix Test
Low Resolution

Publishing Graphics Mix Graph

Publishing Graphics Mix
High Resolution

CD Rom Mix Test

CD Rom Mix Graph

  • DC = Disk Cache (not L2 Cache) which is set in the memory control panel It is important to keep Disk Cache setting differences in mind when assessing and comparing Disk Mix and Publishing Disk Mix scores. To see how Disk Cache level effects performance check the Disk Cache Page

  • (6) = Indicates that Computer was tested with OS System 7.6 installed. All others were tested with System 7.5.X. To see how OS version effects performance visit the OS Comparison Page