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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RE: Back to basic first
by rayiner on Fri 11th Jan 2008 17:28 UTC in reply to "Back to basic first"
rayiner
Member since:
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[3]: Back to basic first
by B. Janssen on Fri 11th Jan 2008 19:31 in reply to "RE[2]: Back to basic first"
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2006-10-11

Impressive, that is really an energy efficient way to deal with the long boot-up times.

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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[3]: Back to basic first
by nevali on Sat 12th Jan 2008 01:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Back to basic first"
nevali Member since:
2006-10-12

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.


Mac laptops hibernate by default. Pull the power cord and battery if you want. In any case, Macs tend to sleep particularly efficiently: put it to sleep at 5pm, unplug the power cord; wake it up at 9am and plug it back in. It'll charge for a relatively short while, but you'll still have plenty of juice if you need to go wandering.

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.


Restart your apps. My Macs only get rebooted when there's a significant software update, with no ill effects. A modern operating system shouldn't need rebooting just for the sake of ongoing housekeeping, and last I looked, none of the UNIX-based ones (including Mac OS X) do.

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