Performance Comparison of Discontinued Macs and Mac Clones - Early 1996

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The graphs below represent a performance comparison between discontinued Mac models and Mac clones that were available in early 1996. Testing was done using MacBench 3.0 with results. Results from version 3.0 cannot be accurately compared to result from other versions of MacBench. 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.

    Processor Tests


Floating Point Test

Disk Mix Test


Publishing Disk Mix


Graphics Mix Test


Publishing Graphics Mix



  • In cases where there is more than one version of a model shipped the attributes of the model tested are given. R=RAM, C=L2 Cache, ATI=XClaim GA video card, VR=Video RAM, RAID=SoftRAID Bundle

  • PowerTower Pro machines were tested with a 2MB disk cache the 8500/180, 9500/120 & UMAX S900/200 with 1024K and the PowerCenter, PowerBase, Peforma 6300 and PowerMacs 7600/132, & 9500/150 with a 512K disk cache. All other machines were tested with 32K disk cache. It is important to keep these 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