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Consumer Reports on Mac reliability, clock speeds

updated 10:15 am EDT, Thu May 26, 2005

Consumer Reports on Macs

looks at the best personal computer offerings in its June 2005 issue. Apple's 17-inch iMac was ranked best for reliability and support. "Apple provides top-notch reliability and support. Its computers are currently less vulnerable to viruses and spyware than Windows-based models." On the downside, the review notes that the iMac has limited expandability. The June 2005 issue also touches on processor clock speed. According to the magazine, Intel now assigns "processor numbers" to its chips, de-emphasizing clock speed. The architecture of some families of chips, such as those from IBM, "allows them to be as fast as or faster than others with higher clock speeds, so speed comparison by the numbers can be misleading."




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  1. cebritt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Celerons are sloooooow...

    All those dirt cheap Dells and eMachines, with shared video RAM, that people compare to Macs are really slow. The P4s are somewhat zippy but Celerons are like a fast G3 or slow G4. Our new 1.25 GHz Mac Mini feels much faster than our 2.2 GHz Celeron...

  1. Feeling_Macish

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    RE: consumer reports

    They apparently didn't finish doing their homework on this machine - there is a huge problem with faulty power supplies and capacitors bursting, plus excessive fan noise. Search Google and see the number of hits for yourself:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=imac+g5+capacitors+mid-plane&sourceid=mozilla-search&start=0&start=0&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official

    I own such a machine and even though its capacitors are starting to bulge, Apple doesn't view it as a candidate for the replacement parts yet. I suppose it will actually need to start a fire before Apple will consider repairing it.

  1. mymacluvsme

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Duh

    "The architecture of some families of chips, such as those from IBM, allows them to be as fast as or faster than others with higher clock speeds, so speed comparison by the numbers can be misleading."

    jeez, we've been saying that for years and years.

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