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MacSpeedZone's Testing Information Page: ZoneBench Processor

Settings, procedures and machines we use while conducting our ZoneBench Processor benchmark tests.

System Settings

We use the following settings for all of our test runs to assure consistent results:

  • Memory - Virtual memory is turned off and the disk cache is set to 2048K (2 MB)
  • Networking - AppleTalk and file sharing are both turned off.
  • Extension Set - We use the "OS 9.1 All" set plus any needed by the upgrade card or product being tested.
  • Monitor Settings - We set the color depth to "millions" with the resolution to 1024x768 unless noted otherwise. Our tests indicate that color depth has a far greater impact on performance than resolution.
  • Font Smoothing - Is on for all tests.
"Real World" Application Test Description and Settings Used


AppleWorks 6.0.4
Kindly provided by Apple Computer, Inc.

Search & Replace Test - Starting at the top of the document we issued a "replace all" command replacing all occurrences of the word "the" with the word" macbench." 12,900 items in all.


Analog 4.1.1

Analog is a popular shareware program for analyzing a web server's log file. Log files provide web masters with valuable information about traffic on their site, which pages are popular, where visitors are coming from etc. The log file we use is an older one from our own site containing over 2 million lines and roughly 18 MB in size.

Log Analysis - We use Analog's default settings, clocking the time to analyze the file and generate a report.


Photoshop 6.0

We run two distinct test suites for our Photoshop benchmarks. Tests are run on either a 10 or 20 MB file depending on the amount of RAM available to allocate to Photoshop. Unless noted otherwise, we allocate 200 MB of RAM to Photoshop to assure that the image is at 100% efficiency and the hard drive is not being accessed during the test run. We clocked the time to complete all filter operations for each suite, quitting and restarting Photoshop between the two tests.

AltiVec Filter Suite - Is comprised of the following filter opperations: Lighting Effects, Spherize, Twirl, and Gaussian Blur

Standard Filter Suite - Is comprised of the following operations: Colored Pencil, Bas Relief, Film Grain, Craquelure, and Convert Mode from RGB to CMYK.


CineBench 2000

We used the Cinema CineBench 2000 program for our rendering test. Like Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL is both multiprocessor and AltiVec aware. The level of AltiVec acceleration depends on the type of scene being rendered with acceleration ranging anywhere from 0 - 50%.

Render Test - The raytracing performance test is done by using one scene that uses heavy antialiasing, shadows, transparencies and refractions to stress the FPU (Floating Point Unit). Each scene will be pre-rendered first in a very small resolution to eliminate any hard disk dependencies. (So all textures are loaded into the computerĖs physical memory.)

Base Machine Configuration

Power Mac G3/350

OS - 9.1 unless otherwise noted. Only OS extensions are running during our tests.
RAM - 320 MB installed with virtual memory turned off for all tests.
Disk cache - Set to 2MB (2048K).
Hard Drive - 4GB. we defragment the drive before testing each upgrade card as each test run generates a number of files that are later removed from the drive.
AppleTalk/File Sharing - Are both turned off during all tests naturally.

 


PowerBook G3/266/133/1MB

OS - 9.1 unless otherwise noted. Only OS extensions are running during our tests.
RAM - 320 MB installed with virtual memory turned off for all tests.
Disk cache - Set to 2MB (2048K).
Hard Drive - 4GB or 20GB as noted on page. we defragment the drive before testing each upgrade card as each test run generates a number of files that are later removed from the drive.
AppleTalk/File Sharing - Are both turned off during all tests naturally.

Power Mac G3/266/133/512K

OS - 9.1 unless otherwise noted. Only OS extensions are running during our tests.
RAM - 320 MB installed with virtual memory turned off for all tests.
Disk cache - Set to 2MB (2048K).
Hard Drive - 4GB, we defragment the drive before testing each upgrade card as each test run generates a number of files that are later removed from the drive.
AppleTalk/File Sharing - Are both turned off during all tests.



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