View Full Version : From PC Mag: "Apple Power Mac G5: Neck-and-Neck with Intel PCs"

September 23rd, 2003, 07:19
Link to article... (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,1274138,00.asp)

When Apple's Steve Jobs introduced the Apple Power Mac G5 this summer as the fastest personal computer any company had built to date, we took it with a grain of salt. After all, Apple had made that boast in the past, and those claims did not tend to hold up when independent third parties (such as ourselves) ran tests on current, real-world applications (not the synthetic benchmark tests Apple cited).

Well, we'll take that salt with a side of fries. After testing a loaded ($4,349 direct, after we opted for more RAM and upgraded graphics) dual 2.0-GHz Power Mac G5 on a range of high-end content creation applications and comparing the results with a similarly configured (and priced) Dell Precision 650 Workstation running dual 3.06-GHz Xeon processors, we see that indeed the G5 is generally as fast as the best Intel-based workstations currently available...

It's just funny to hear this coming from the PC side. If you look at the numbers, the term "generally" really applies... but as always, Apple should have done this six months to a year ago...

Oh well... here are the numbers from page 3 of the article. Bold means its in first, but to me it looks like the PCs got more 1st place slots than the G5, but we also have to remember that they are using similar priced and equipped machines, to the tune of just over $4k.