This will hopefully give you an impression of
relative performances. We will be adding new machines on an
on-going basis ... so check back once in a while. We are gradually
moving to a testing program based on OS X, however the results
below were done under either OS 9.1 or OS 9.2.1 or 9.2.2.
If you would like to see test results for most of the machines
below, when running OS X click
here. If you would like to review the raw data upon which
these graphs are based check out this
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 were then
converted to percentages relative to the Blue & White
G3/350 MHz Power Mac, which is set to 100%. For all scores
higher numbers are better
The test above copies a folder containing thousands
of files. This type of copying requires more processing overhead
than a single, large file duplication
Processor performance is less of a factor
here and the drive performance is more important.
AppleWorks 6 Tests
The graphics sub-system and processor influence
the scores above. The drive is not a factor
The machines without a L3 backside cache are
really hurt in this test (all the machines with low scores).
This will be true in any processor intensive tasks in large
documents or databases. If you work in mainly smaller documents
you will note see this kind of performance difference
Quake III Tests
These scores are relative.
At 'fastest' setting the processor plays a
bigger role (the G4/800 iMac achieved 75 fps)
Most, if not all, the processing is being done by the graphics
card in this test. The speed difference more or less disappears
in machines that have the same graphics card. The G4/800 iMac
achieved 64 fps.
Photoshop 6 & Other Data Crunching
OK, this is why graphics professionals need
a G4 machine ... the faster the better!
The performance advantage of the G4 is erased when the software
is not written (or cannot be written) to utilize the chip's
unique performance abilities
This is pure, raw data crunching. Program
does not take special advantage of the G4
This is a combination of both processor and
graphics card performance
Again another multimedia program that really
takes full advantage of the G4 - probably the best example
we have come across
Another App tuned to the G4's capabilities.
However CD drive speed is also a factor
Main factor here is the burn rate of the CD
drive. For These results the iMac G4/800 is set to 100%
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