The Performance Edge: PowerBook vs PowerBook - Mano A Mano - Apple's G4 PowerBooks Benchmarked

Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Below we present benchmarks for Apple current G4 PowerBooks. We hope to have more benchmark comparisons and a full review of both PowerBooks for you by the end of the week or early next week. In the results below, for processor intensive activity the 500 MHz PowerBook showed between 16 to 30 percent better performance over the 400 MHz model. There wasn't a lot of difference in hard drive or graphics performance, though the Quake III "Fastest" mode test and CineBench 2000 graphics test, did show the extra muscle of the 500 MHz G4 chip.

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"Real World" Tests

The tests below are from our suite of real world application tests. These tests feature a diverse selection of applications commonly used by the Mac community. The test suite was designed to render an accurate and well rounded picture of a machine's performance. All of the tests below (with the exception of the Quake III & Cinebench 2000 tests) were timed with a stopwatch. The times are then converted to percentages relative to the G4/400 PowerBook which is set to 100%. For all scores, higher numbers are better. Absolute scores for most tests can be found below this section.

Finder Tests

 

 

 

AppleWorks 6 Tests

 

Quake III Tests
These scores are relative. Actual frame rates for all machines below this section.

 

 

Photoshop 6 & Other Data Crunching Tests

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encoding/Decoding Tests

 

 

 

Actual Scores - In Seconds except for the Quake and CineBench 2000 scores where higher scores are better

Machine

Finder Copy
(Folder)

Finder Copy
(Large File)

AppleWorks 6.0.4
Scroll

AppleWorks 6.0.4
Search & Replace

Analog Code Analysis

Quake III
Fastest Setting

Quake III
High Quality Setting

PowerBook G4/400 16.24 18.78 56.60

13.45

41.38 47.9 FPS 17.4 FPS
PowerBook G4/500 14.86 19.16 54.20

10.93

33.69 57.1 FPS 17.2 FPS
Machine

CineBench 2000
Ray | Shade

SoundJam 2.5.2
MP3 Encode

QuickTime 4.1.2
Encode
(Sorenson 2X CD)

StuffIt 6
Decompression

Photoshop 6.0
Launch

Photoshop 6.0
AltiVec Filters

Photoshop 6.0
Non-AltiVec Filters

PowerBook G4/400 5.24 | 4.9 58 476.51 19.24 14.03 54.52 225.31
PowerBook G4/500 6.63 | 5.78 45.16 365.78 16.84 14.33 46.84 192.77

 


PowerBook Specs and Information

Model/Mhz Bus Speed
(Mhz)
RAM
(MAX)
Graphics Support Expansion
Slots
Hard Drive
Optical Drive
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"Titanium" PowerBook G4/500/250/1MB

(Winter 2001)

100 MHz

256 MB
(1GB Max)

8MB

ATI Rage Mobility 128 - 2x AGP

1 CardBus slot

20GB Ultra ATA 66
(30GB BTO)

DVD-ROM

56k V.90 modem
10/100 BT Ethernet
AirPort slot
Infrared Port
2 USB Port
1 FireWire Port

15.2" TFT Active Matrix
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"Titanium" PowerBook G4/400/200/1MB

(Winter 2001)

100 MHz 128 MB
(1GB Max)

8MB

ATI Rage Mobility 128 - 2x AGP

1 CardBus slot

10GB Ultra ATA 66
(30GB BTO)

DVD-ROM

56k V.90 modem
10/100 BT Ethernet
AirPort slot
Infrared Port
2 USB Port
1 FireWire Port

15.2" TFT Active Matrix
DealZone
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