Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Mar 2006 22:06 UTC
Apple Want the fastest Windows XP Core Duo notebook? Then buy a Mac. According to benchmarks carried out by website GearLog, Apple's MacBook Pro running Windows XP is a better Adobe Photoshop rig than any other Core Duo laptop on the market. The site used a recently detailed technique that shoehorns the Microsoft operating system onto Intel-based Macs - a trick that last week won its formulators $13000 [EUR 10760] in prize money.
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Benchmarks
by Deviate_X on Wed 22nd Mar 2006 23:15 UTC
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Member since:
2005-07-11

I find these benchmarks claims surrounding apple products to be highly dubious "'Fastest Windows XP Notebook'" for example.

... especially since the said laptop was actually slower on all the tests except one >->-> by 1 single second ...

http://www.pcmag.com/image_popup/0,1871,s=1565&iid=127601,00.asp

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RE: Benchmarks
by Dark_Knight on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 00:33 in reply to "Benchmarks"
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2005-07-10

Re: "I find these benchmarks claims surrounding apple products to be highly dubious"

I agree. This article is a waist of time to read. When benchmarking OSX, Windows and Linux on systems all hardware should be equal. Also the OS should run natively on the hardware, not emulated (ie: VMWare, Rosetta). What I noticed with the benchmarks is that even though the processors were identical for laptops #1 to #4 the graphics GPU were not. Only laptops #3 and #4 used NVIDIA Geforce Go 7800 GPU where as laptop #1 and #2 used ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 and X1600. I discounted laptops #5 and #6 used in the benchmark due to not only the GPU didn't match but also the processors were not Intel Core Duo. Instead the final two laptops used Pentium M processors which even the Pentium M were not identical to each other.

A suggestion for OSNews staff is to review articles submitted by either the author or third party prior to posting or linking it on OSNews. A job normally handled by the Editor.

Edited 2006-03-23 00:42

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RE[2]: Benchmarks
by modmans2ndcoming on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 00:44 in reply to "RE: Benchmarks"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

so... when compairing notebooks to each other, tehy should be the exact same notebook?

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RE[2]: Benchmarks
by PowerMacX on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 05:07 in reply to "RE: Benchmarks"
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2005-11-06

"What I noticed with the benchmarks is that even though the processors were identical for laptops #1 to #4 the graphics GPU were not. Only laptops #3 and #4 used NVIDIA Geforce Go 7800 GPU where as laptop #1 and #2 used ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 and X1600."

The MacBook Pro has an ATI X1600, BUT NO ACCELERATED DRIVERS yet -only a generic VGA-like driver- so I doubt there is any advantage in that.

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