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Mac vs. PC in digital photography tests

updated 04:30 pm EST, Wed January 7, 2004

G5 tested against PC

Rob Galbraith has published a report Apple's new dual-2.0 GHz Power Mac G5 and its single-1.8GHz Power Mac G5 to a Dual-Xeon3.06GHz PC, and a single-3.2GHz PC. The tests compare the machines using countless digital photography operations, with performance numbers for each. Ultimately,the Mac tied or led the PC in 19 ofthe 77 tests that comprise the report. "Put another way, the PC was faster in 58 of77 benchmarks."




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    Ouch.

    Ouch. That's not good. Though based on my experience with iPhoto, it's not as surprising as I wish it was.

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    No huge margins.

    At least there were no massive diffs like with the g4s.

    I have to say that I expected just a tad more out of 10.3 and PS CS.

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    Not taking advantage of..

    ... the platform is the first thing I noticed. One of the reasons that you would want to go to a 64-bit machine is that you can stuff a lot more very fast memory into it. They limited the PowerMacs to the same 2 GB of RAM that the Dell was running on. Now, the Dell can go to 4GB but the Apple can move to 8GB. So, my question is why wouldn't you run a comparison on the performance of the two boxes by tuning them both to their strengths?

    The next thing that seems to come to me is that I think Apple should be making its own pro digital photo software to replace Adobe's Photoshop. I believe that they can build a better and obviously much faster application than Adobe is pushing with Photoshop.

    The next question I have is just a speed question. How is it that on these one-to-one tests the Macs seem to lag behind the WinTel machines. However, the Virginia Tech super-cluster blew the doors off of the larger and far more expensive 3.2 GHz Xeon super-cluster? Somehow, the math is not adding up.

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    Huh

    I hope this will once and for all shut the idiots up who said G4s are great and SO much faster then P4s.

    I have always maintained that G3 and G5s are competitive processors whereas the G4 machines have seriously hindered Apple in adding marketshare and selling more machines because G4 is a serious bad processor. Yes, G4 may have some advantages but it defied the Moore's law i.e. its architectural advantages cannot compensate for its slow speed increases.

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    RIPE.

    this G5 is just RIPE to lead in 10-15 test categories.

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    Very specific tests

    The majority of these tests were opening RAW and NEF images from different digital cameras.

    So, 19 seconds on a Dell vs 20 seconds on a G5. Then we spend the next half hour actually working with it. This is where the speed test comes down to the user: which is the more comfortable environment to work in?

    My feeling is that 1 second advantage from the Dell is more than lost by navigating through Windows explorer dialogs arranging files to be where we want them.

    Or frustratedly mousing around because Photoshop hasn't "caught" the spacebar because Windows XP's focus was on the last button clicked, not the window...

    Just another perspective!

    Wintel may edge out a Mac by a few seconds on some specific tests, but the overall speed decrease for a user is far more important from my point of view.

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    AMD64

    what about the AMD 64 machines? They may do even better...

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    Software Problem

    Most of these tests where with camera makers own software and the main reason the Mac was slower is that most of these applications are far behind their window counterparts and I don't think any have been optimized for dual processors, let alone the G5. It is a problem for Apple in many applications when comparing cross platform.

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    Phase One!

    "The time it took to develop RAW photos as full-resolution, High Quality, JPEG High files was tested in C1 Pro 1.3 for Windows and C1 Pro 1.2.2 for Mac."

    Ok, Phase One's Capture One is at version _3.1.1_, they used version _1.2.2_ ... hmm... Makes it a bit useless...

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    re: RIPE

    Yes, we've noticed.
    No, we don't care.

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