Don't see your model or non-standard configuration
on these pages consider getting hold of MacBench , testing
your machine and sending me the results to incorporate into
these pages. You can download MacBench 4.0
off the net but will not be able to run the CD ROM tests,
Graphics tests or Video tests unless you get MacBench on CD.
To get Ziff-Davis to send you the CD ROM with MacBench on
it fill out this form. It takes 4 to 6 weeks for Ziff-Davis
to get the benchmarking software to you.
Things To Keep In Mind When Testing
- Keep to the base configuration described in the MacBench
documentation (except of course for the hardware or software
enhancements you are testing for, if that is the case).
- Set to System extensions only. Turn off Speech Recognition
- In the memory Control Panel set to defaults
- In the Monitors Control Panel set Resolution to 640
X 480 and the Amount of Colors to 256.
- Restart Computer and Run MacBench.
This will keep results consistent with one
another. For an animated web page showing how to configure
your machine click here
Ideally the hard drive should be defragmented
and optimized before testing.
Close all other open applications when
To add the Publishing Disk Mix and Publishing
Graphics Mix tests to the Main Test Suite (which is a
good idea) choose the Edit Current Suite under the Test
Suite menu using the Main Test Suite as a template. Publishing
Disk Mix Test requires 115 MB of free disk space
To get the most out of test results there
should be some base against which to compare an enhancement.
For example if you have a 7200 with 512 L2 cache it would
be nice to know how a 7200 without L2 cache performs.
So perform a base test first.
If you send me the results I need a copy
of the results files, not a text file. You will need to
STUFF YOUR MACBENCH FILES BEFORE SENDING THEM
If you don't they will arrive as text files instead of
source files. If you don't have a stuffing utility you
can get Drop Stuff at the MacWorld
The documentation that comes with MacBench
is extensive and thorough. Most questions you have should
be readily answered there.