Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Jan 2008 11:57 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Benchmarks "Earlier this week Apple released updated Mac Pros that use Intel's new Penryn processors. Also new is the fact that the standard Mac Pro configuration now comes with eight (instead of four) cores. Of course, what I've been wondering (as I sit here and think about getting a new Mac Pro) is how does the new standard eight-core Mac Pro perform compared to the old high-end Mac Pro? I've gathered Geekbench 2 results for both Mac Pros to find out."
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Back to basic first
by Joe User on Fri 11th Jan 2008 14:58 UTC
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2005-06-29

For me, 2 core, 4 core or 8 core doesn't make a difference. HOWEVER, I'd like these hardware corporations to make boot FASTER. When I start my computer, I have to wait 30 seconds before I can work. On the other hand, when I switch on a cell phone, it takes...A second. I know the BIOS needs to check all hardware, then the OS needs to load, etc... But still, there are ways to make it much faster (ie: assume no HW has changed, don't check HW changes unless the user asks for it, keep the OS in some sort of non-volatile RAM, etc...).

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RE: Back to basic first
by CPUGuy on Fri 11th Jan 2008 16:35 in reply to "Back to basic first"
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2005-07-06

OMG 30 whole seconds?

What cell phone are you using? A full cell phone bootup takes at least 10 seconds on anything I've ever owned.

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RE: Back to basic first
by rayiner on Fri 11th Jan 2008 17:28 in reply to "Back to basic first"
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2005-07-06

Stop shutting-down your computer and you won't have to wait for it to boot. After all, how often do you shut down your cell phone? I mean seriously, even my laptop (MacBook) has two weeks uptime...

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RE[2]: Back to basic first
by Tyr. on Fri 11th Jan 2008 17:38 in reply to "RE: Back to basic first"
Tyr. Member since:
2005-07-06

Yeah and if you're worried about the OS becoming slower over time for lack of reboot you can just schedule it to automatically reboot every night, week, whatever in the OSX energy saver preferences pane then let it fall asleep so it's fresh when you get to it. This is such a non issue on mac.

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RE[2]: Back to basic first
by Joe User on Fri 11th Jan 2008 18:41 in reply to "RE: Back to basic first"
Joe User Member since:
2005-06-29

This is not serious, especially these days that you have to save energy. An idle laptop uses at least 10 watts. Over several years, it does make a difference in a budget and it does not help the Earth.

And as some one else mentioned, if you don't reset your memory, after a week or more of uptime, your system will be slower because some applications are not optimized as they should be.

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RE: Back to basic first
by Ralf. on Fri 11th Jan 2008 18:42 in reply to "Back to basic first"
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2005-08-13

Simple war to avoid boot times: do not shut down the system.
Since some years, I do not shut down my systems anymore. I just send them to sleep mode.
So my systems are instant on to use.

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RE[2]: Back to basic first
by Joe User on Fri 11th Jan 2008 18:57 in reply to "RE: Back to basic first"
Joe User Member since:
2005-06-29

Multiply 10 watts an hour x billions of users on Earth x years and years of sleep mode and you'll see how much we could have saved of money, fossil energy, and CO2.

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