All Macs In-Depth Tests
MacSpeedZone Testing Philosophy

Our testing utilizes a suite of real world application tests. These tests feature a selection of software 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 (with the exception of the game tests) were timed with a stopwatch. The times are then converted to percentages relative to the Dual G4/1GHz Power Mac, which is set to 100%. For all scores higher numbers are better.

The Dual Processor G4/1 GHz Tower is our Rosetta Stone .. we relate all a computer's test results, to the scores of our 'stock' machine. All new Macintosh computers are tested with the operating system they where shipped with. Our hope is that we will be able to relate these scores to scores of newer machines running newer versions of the Mac OS by using our translator Mac, the Dual Processor G4/1 GHz, as a prism. However using this method of translation may not always give a 100% accurate picture of relative performances. So it may be better to think of performance scores as a snapshot in time, with only our Stock machine's software configuration changing as upgrades are incorporated into the new Macintoshes Apple brings to market. The relationship of new computers we test to our stock machine will always be an up-to-date one. In other words if the new machines have version x of iMovie installed, then the stock machine will have that version installed also. This way a relative comparison can be maintained with a certain degree of accuracy over time.

If you have questions about how we test or feedback for us don't hesitate to contact us.

Our Current Stock Machine Configuration


G4/1GHz Dual Processor (January, 02)
Processors Dual G4/1GHz
L2 Cache 512K @ 1GHz per processor
L3 Cache 2MB per processor with 4GBps throughput
Bus Speed 133 MHz
Memory 1 GB
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce4 MX
4x AGP slot
Drive 80GB Ultra ATA (7200 rpm)
CD Drive Super Drive
Operating System 10.x