updated 08:20 pm EST, Thu December 22, 2005
Quad Power Macs deliver
Apple's newly announced Power Macs are expensive, but , including the highest score of any computer on the CPU-intensive CineBench rendering test; however, it stil under-delivers in terms of gaming performance and the company is late to the market with its first dual-core processors. Awarding the Quad G5 systems a 4.5 out of 5, the review of Apple's Quad Power Mac G5 by PC Magazine says the system is worth upgrading to "for those who need (and can justify) the power and expense. The dual G5 cores in each of the two CPUs push the G5 Quad to performance numbers we've never seen before. With four true cores working on the same task, the G5 Quad powered through our new Adobe Photoshop CS2 tests at a speedy 57 seconds.
"The previous Power Mac Dual (2.7 GHz) took 1 minute 14 seconds to do the same ten tasks (30 percent longer), and the Dell XPS 600 took 1:03 (a still-significant 11 percent difference). Though 11 percent doesn't seem like much, it can really add up over the course of a day or week, especially on time-sensitive projects."
The editors recommend the new PowerPC-based systems because they believe that Intel-native and universal binary software (software that contains both PowerPC and Intel optimized code) are likely to lag behind the introduction of the Intel Macs by several months to a year.