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MacBook Pro faster than other PCs

updated 11:35 am EST, Wed March 22, 2006

Mactel WinXP benchmarks

The MacBook Pro Core Duo runs Adobe Photoshop faster than other laptops originally designed for Microsoft Windows, according to Benchmark tests of Windows XP running on PCS and other Intel-based Macs: "The MacBook Pro is the fastest Core Duo laptop we've tested running the Photoshop scripts. It's faster than other laptops originally designed for Windows. This bodes very well for the performance of an Intel-accelerated OS X Photoshop, when that finally appears." GearLog tested the performance of Windows XP on a Mac mini, an iMac, and a MacBook Pro, according to Macworld UK. Testers used a guide available from OnMac, discovering that each computer requires a different version of software to help the machines choose between operating systems on start-up. Although no video drivers yet exist for the dual-boot machines, testers found that once Windows was installed, it had no problem running at the full 1,680 x 1,050 resolution of the 20-inch screen. "We got Ethernet, wireless networking, and the headphone jack (but not the internal speakers, iSight or the remote) working using drivers suggested by OnMac," testers said.




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  1. siMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Confirmation.

    This is confirmation that Macs are, in fact, superior hardware and helps justify the price premium.

    Fuel to be put in many a Windows pipe and smoked.

  1. Albert

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    WTF

    why would anyone want this setup??

    let's see max OS X running on an intel box instead.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I see...

    ...that 'albert' appears incapable of sensical remarks in other threads as well.

  1. zac4mac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I'm not interested...

    ...in seeing OS X on wintel boxes, that would be bad for Apple. XP or Vista on a Mac, however would sell a LOT more hardware for Apple, just because the hardware is generally superior to wintel's offerings, especially if there is an added performance boost as this article says. Both functionally and aesthetically.

    Z

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    from a user perspective..

    ...it means i don't have to keep a crappy PC laptop around for testing web sites and running specialized software like VAG-COM. and as zac said, it will sell alot more apple hardware, which is where apple really makes money.

  1. MacnnGregor

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This begs the question ..

    Why does OpenGL and QuickTime run faster on new Lenovo ThinkPads then on MacBook Pros?

    http://arstechnica.com/reviews/hardware/x60.ars/4

    I really hope Apple will make the best systems and that Rosetta and VPC-whatever can lower all barriers to switchers and all, but the costs have to get down a bit more. I don't think Apple can continue to add the cost of iApp development onto the machines. Perhaps if Vista doesn't work well or if people see that they have to invest in upgrades on Wintel machines they may see a reason to switch to Macs, but if that doesn't happen, we will see Macs only improve in the minds of Mac people and geeks like these.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not increasing hw sales

    it will sell alot more apple hardware, which is where apple really makes money.

    No, it won't. Because it is NOT, and won't be, a supported installation. So the only people buying macs to run windows (and there won't be many) will have to hack their computers or run special software to do it. Then hope someone has come out with drivers for all the hardware that Windows doesn't support in the machine, and for which Apple doesn't support either.

    And while mac users are already trained that they should spend more money on their computers for the sake of spending more money, plus to get something that looks 'stylish' (ooh, it looks good, well worth the extra $300), Wintel users don't think that way. They're like normal people, concerned about overall costs. And being that they have alot more choices of hardware suppliers, they can get a PC that actually meets their needs, with features they want, and, just as important, not loaded with c*** they don't want.

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    rtbarry

    I admit that it would be nice to have one notebook to handle VAG-COM; but it's really pointless if I have to restart to use it. For those who only want to use Windows, this is a viable solution for them. I know several, several gamers who will be all over this notebook once the graphics drivers are written for it.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: I'm not interested..

    ...in seeing OS X on wintel boxes, that would be bad for Apple.

    Who cares if its bad for apple. Is it good for the consumers? Wouldn't running OS X on a PC box sell more copies of OS X? To me, being a proponent of one side of the argument (getting windows to run on a mac) should mean you support the other half (getting OS X to run on a wintel box). That way we can get cheaper hardware, more options/features, etc. And with more OS X sales, you could even see more support for OS X from hardware AND software vendors.

    Allowing a mac to run windows would, if anything, give hardware/software vendors a reason NOT to support OS X (what, you want to run the latest Quickbooks on your Mac? No problem, just boot into windows and install that sucker!)

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    testudo

    Um, you're smoking crack. We've already talked about having Apple as the ONLY hardware vendor and the Windows support team working on Windows builds for those systems. In our envionrment (like every other corporation around), the end users have little to no control over the OS itself. This machine is not only COST EFFECTIVE.. it's also exactly what they want in features and weight + screen size: in short, video drivers be damned, it'll run Excel better than the Dell and it makes the user happy and reduces contracts.

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