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> From: Jim Kroger <jimkkREMOVEMEumich.edu>,Aside from the hotly-debated SPEC performance comparisons on Apple's> It it hype or has apple n away the x86 world?
> Any pointers most appreciated.
site and the not-so-hotly-debated application performance comparisons
at the same location, nowhere as yet.
Apple has been quoting CPU2000 SPECint and CPU2000 SPECfp benchmark
results on their site [url]www.apple.com/powermac/performance[/url]. These
benchmarks have been both criticised as being misleading and hailed as
being _more_ accurate than the benchmarks from Dell, in both cases for
the same reasons and with good points all around.
As yet, Apple's results have not been submitted to SPEC.
During the WWDC keynote, five different applications were demonstrated
on both the PowerMac and the Xeon (which had Windows XP, rather than
RedHat Linux) in which the PowerMac put the boot through the Xeon in
performance, and application-specific benchmarks are also available on
Apple's site. Most of these utilise FP and SIMD processing more than
integer processing, and of course score higher results on the G5.
The performance of these applications was backed up by representatives
from the vendors whose applications these were, which lends some
legitimacy to them, in addition to the fact that SPEC benchmarks have,
at least in my eyes, proven themselves to be not unreliable, but not
When results come in, we will doubtlessly be the first to hear of them.