Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jan 2006 15:02 UTC, submitted by Richard Levangie
Apple "Since the first rumors of an Apple switch to Intel, everyone has been wondering about the potential speed of Intel-based Macs. Last week's announcement of the first shipping Intel-based Macs brought with it the promise of a major speed boost: Apple's Web pages suggest that the new iMac, powered by the Intel Core Duo processor, is twice as fast as its G5 predecessor. Macworld Lab's tests do show that the new Intel-based iMac is faster than the iMac G5 when running native applications. However, we found that those improvements are generally much less than what Apple claims is a 2x improvement in speed."
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by 1c3d0g on Thu 19th Jan 2006 18:49 UTC
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2005-07-06's a pretty good boost in performance for what is essentially just a switch in CPU Architectures - PowerPC to x86. However, if that performance gain is due to a better Arch, a better implementation of the underlying software or something else entirely is up for debate. I'll tell y'all one thing though, this is one of the smartest moves Apple executed in a long time.

Now if only the gaming consoles stayed with x86...*sigh*... ;)

Edited 2006-01-19 18:52

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