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I'm pretty sure that is with the G5 version. A... 16,510 Views / 129 Replies  
I'm pretty sure that is with the G5 version. A 2-GHz G5 scored 221/403 with normal Cinebench, so it is unlikely that a 2.3-GHz G5 would break 254/463 in the old Cinebench. It is more likely that the...
Posted by blackwind, on Oct 23, 2005 at 09:47 AM, in Mac Desktops
I assumed that the DMIPS benchmark refers to... 1,073 Views / 18 Replies  
I assumed that the DMIPS benchmark refers to Dhrystone, which was indeed a test in integer performance. As usual, a synthetic benchmark like Dhrystone is not truly indicative of real-world...
Posted by blackwind, on Jul 24, 2005 at 10:01 PM, in Mac Desktops
The graph above shows that IBM knows that the... 1,073 Views / 18 Replies  
The graph above shows that IBM knows that the 970FX uses more power for each "performance point" than the Pentium M, but if you believe the x-axis, then a 2-GHz PowerPC 970FX beats a 2-GHz Pentium M...
Posted by blackwind, on Jul 24, 2005 at 09:32 PM, in Mac Desktops
China is not a major threat to anyone as a result... 406 Views / 10 Replies  
China is not a major threat to anyone as a result of its economic success. If China gets everything it wants (except for Taiwan) through economic cooperation with others, then it will not be forced...
Posted by blackwind, on Jul 21, 2005 at 09:06 AM, in Political/War Lounge
An Athlon 64 X2 4400+ does not natively run at... 3,962 Views / 53 Replies  
An Athlon 64 X2 4400+ does not natively run at 2.6 GHz, though.

Still, if you can get it running stably, I agree that it is a screaming machine (for a very low price to boot)! :D
Posted by blackwind, on Jul 21, 2005 at 08:49 AM, in Mac Desktops
... but their maximum speed is 3.2 GHz. I... 4,930 Views / 108 Replies  
... but their maximum speed is 3.2 GHz.

I probably should have been clearer by mentioning that I was considering only the top-end models, so I apologize for any confusion. :)
Posted by blackwind, on Jul 8, 2005 at 01:34 PM, in Mac Desktops
Beating the crap out of that 3-GHz PowerPC 970,... 4,930 Views / 108 Replies  
Beating the crap out of that 3-GHz PowerPC 970, which could only match a measly 4.5-GHz Tejas? :D

I'm with Eug with not understanding the huge deal. Intel had to scale back from 3.8 GHz to 3.2 GHz...
Posted by blackwind, on Jul 8, 2005 at 11:01 AM, in Mac Desktops
Dual-core machines are available. The... 4,930 Views / 108 Replies  
Dual-core machines are available.

The closest competitor to the G5 would be the Opteron. Currently, dual-core 2.2-GHz Opterons (model numbers 275 or 875 depending on 2-way or 8-way capability) are...
Posted by blackwind, on Jul 8, 2005 at 08:47 AM, in Mac Desktops
When the PowerPC 970 was announced in October... 24,778 Views / 224 Replies  
When the PowerPC 970 was announced in October 2002, Apple had shipping machines in 10 months. This means that a quad-core Power Mac G5 is likely next May, which would be a good time for a silent...
Posted by blackwind, on Jul 7, 2005 at 04:41 PM, in Mac Desktops
Unfortunately, the clock speed of an upgrade will... 24,778 Views / 224 Replies  
Unfortunately, the clock speed of an upgrade will likely be the same as existing machines due to the motherboard design, so you could possibly upgrade a dual 2-GHz 970FX to a dual-processor quad-core...
Posted by blackwind, on Jul 1, 2005 at 08:04 PM, in Mac Desktops
Part of the article seems to be just IBM trying... 24,778 Views / 224 Replies  
Part of the article seems to be just IBM trying to restore confidence in its current and potential clients. Obviously, IBM could probably make a low-power PowerPC 970, but it probably took required...
Posted by blackwind, on Jun 30, 2005 at 08:40 PM, in Mac Desktops
Have you tried unplugging the keyboard and... 400 Views / 4 Replies  
Have you tried unplugging the keyboard and replugging it into the USB port?
Posted by blackwind, on Jun 2, 2005 at 01:28 PM, in Mac OS X
The G5 does particularly well in floating-point... 3,962 Views / 53 Replies  
The G5 does particularly well in floating-point operations, which is why a 2-GHz G4 is crushed in Cinebench. In other aspects, a 2-GHz G4 is usually about as fast as a 2-GHz G5 (with the G4 sometimes...
Posted by blackwind, on Jun 1, 2005 at 10:42 AM, in Mac Desktops
Congrats! You have, by far, the best Mac... 3,962 Views / 53 Replies  
Congrats! You have, by far, the best Mac Cinebench rendering score of all!

Again, thanks for all of your results!

Rendering scores so far (no longer with repeats...):

Dual 2.7-GHz G5: 699...
Posted by blackwind, on May 29, 2005 at 09:36 AM, in Mac Desktops
It could be possible for Apple to be talking to... 5,993 Views / 50 Replies  
It could be possible for Apple to be talking to Intel for a backup plan in case IBM decides to ignore Apple (as the market for Macs is small compared to PS3, the Xbox, and Nintendo's Revolution...
Posted by blackwind, on May 24, 2005 at 08:06 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Again, thanks for all of your results! ... 3,962 Views / 53 Replies  
Again, thanks for all of your results!

Thanks for the results!

Rendering scores so far (including repeats):

Dual 2.7-GHz G5: 673
Dual 2.5-GHz G5: 622
3.2-GHz Pentium XE 840 (dual-core):...
Posted by blackwind, on May 24, 2005 at 07:46 AM, in Mac Desktops
The Mac can still keep up to some degree. One G5... 3,962 Views / 53 Replies  
The Mac can still keep up to some degree. One G5 cycle seems to be about equal to 0.8 AMD64 cycles (ie. a 2.5-GHz G5 is about the same as a 2-GHz Athlon 64 or Opteron). It is a little disappointing...
Posted by blackwind, on May 20, 2005 at 02:23 PM, in Mac Desktops
Thanks for the results! Rendering scores so... 3,962 Views / 53 Replies  
Thanks for the results!

Rendering scores so far:

3.2-GHz Pentium XE 840 (dual-core): 604
Dual 2.3-GHz G5: 560
Dual 2.0-GHz G5: 509
2.4-GHz Athlon 64 (64-bit): 444
Dual 1.8-GHz G5: 430...
Posted by blackwind, on May 19, 2005 at 04:33 PM, in Mac Desktops
Cinebench 2003 for G5: "Final!" 3,962 Views / 53 Replies  
This is just a heads up that for those who are interested that the G5 beta of Cinebench is no longer a beta.

For those who have time, it would be great if any G5 user could run the new version of...
Posted by blackwind, on May 18, 2005 at 11:45 AM, in Mac Desktops
The OpenGL speedup is lower because the CPU... 7,575 Views / 25 Replies  
The OpenGL speedup is lower because the CPU optimizations improved the Cinema 4D shading, but there were apparently minimal OpenGL optimizations. Also, the dual 2.7-GHz G5 has a lower speedup ratio...
Posted by blackwind, on May 13, 2005 at 12:29 PM, in Mac Desktops
That's about in the middle for a dual 1.8-GHz G5.... 7,575 Views / 25 Replies  
That's about in the middle for a dual 1.8-GHz G5.

Also, thanks to d.fine for running several tests on his dual 2-GHz G5.

The odd thing about the G5 beta is that despite the large improvement...
Posted by blackwind, on May 13, 2005 at 08:32 AM, in Mac Desktops
That's not entirely fair, as you are using the... 7,575 Views / 25 Replies  
That's not entirely fair, as you are using the normal version of Cinebench rather than the G5 beta. You should be getting 288 in the single-CPU render and over 500 in the multiple-CPU render.
...
Posted by blackwind, on May 11, 2005 at 08:22 AM, in Mac Desktops
Could I request that those who run the G5 beta of... 7,575 Views / 25 Replies  
Could I request that those who run the G5 beta of Cinebench 2003 try running their Multiple-CPU render a couple times in a row please?

At those speeds, it shouldn't take more than another minute,...
Posted by blackwind, on May 9, 2005 at 09:00 AM, in Mac Desktops
Since November 1993: 1993: LC 475 1998:... 1,739 Views / 56 Replies  
Since November 1993:

1993: LC 475
1998: 300-MHz Power Mac G3 (Beige)
2002: Dual 1.25-GHz Power Mac G4 (MDD)
Posted by blackwind, on Apr 16, 2005 at 12:34 PM, in MacNN Lounge
If Apple's direct competitors in the segment of... 15,191 Views / 151 Replies  
If Apple's direct competitors in the segment of the market of interest was implementing quantum computing and 3D holographic storage while Apple was not doing the same, then yes, we would be freaked...
Posted by blackwind, on Apr 14, 2005 at 07:33 PM, in Mac Desktops
Well, to be entirely fair to Apple, the very... 15,191 Views / 151 Replies  
Well, to be entirely fair to Apple, the very top-end for the last two updates had kept up fairly well at their respective times of release (dual 2-GHz G5 versus slightly more expensive dual 2-GHz...
Posted by blackwind, on Apr 14, 2005 at 10:29 AM, in Mac Desktops
It the above specs are correct, they cannot be... 15,191 Views / 151 Replies  
It the above specs are correct, they cannot be dual-core machines. The 970MP described by previously-leaked IBM documents about the thermal diode has 1 MB of L2 per core (making a total of 2 MB of L2...
Posted by blackwind, on Apr 14, 2005 at 08:04 AM, in Mac Desktops
You are correct. The 970MP does have 1 MB of L2... 24,778 Views / 224 Replies  
You are correct. The 970MP does have 1 MB of L2 cache per core. The above specifications indicate another 970FX-based release (assuming that they are accurate).
Posted by blackwind, on Apr 14, 2005 at 07:46 AM, in Mac Desktops
If those specifications are accurate, then... 15,191 Views / 151 Replies  
If those specifications are accurate, then Apple's Power Mac line will be in trouble until the quad-core machines appear.

Why can the above machines not be quad-core? The 512-KB L2 belongs to the...
Posted by blackwind, on Apr 14, 2005 at 07:41 AM, in Mac Desktops
No, I believe that a dual G5 is about equal to a... 24,778 Views / 224 Replies  
No, I believe that a dual G5 is about equal to a dual Xeon (the closest approximation to a dual Pentium 4), at least in floating-point operations.

What the problem would be is when people will be...
Posted by blackwind, on Apr 8, 2005 at 08:37 AM, in Mac Desktops
[QUOTE]Originally posted by PB2K: [B] ... 24,778 Views / 224 Replies  
[QUOTE]Originally posted by PB2K:
[B]

Intel is going to be releasing dual-core "Pentium D" processors (based off of two Prescott Pentium 4 cores) at roughly the same price point as current...
Posted by blackwind, on Apr 7, 2005 at 08:24 AM, in Mac Desktops
I may be confusing what you are saying, but a... 24,778 Views / 224 Replies  
I may be confusing what you are saying, but a dual-core G4 would still be inferior to a dual-core G5 (especially considering FP), unless the G4 somehow overtakes the G5 in clock speed (by a lot).
...
Posted by blackwind, on Mar 20, 2005 at 09:31 AM, in Mac Desktops
Unfortunately, posting the PDF would be contrary... 24,778 Views / 224 Replies  
Unfortunately, posting the PDF would be contrary to IBM's wishes, so it would be best not to do so.

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Actually, I wonder...
Posted by blackwind, on Mar 17, 2005 at 08:19 AM, in Mac Desktops
Apple already has a substantial profit margin on... 24,778 Views / 224 Replies  
Apple already has a substantial profit margin on the Power Macs. Assuming that IBM will keep 970MP prices roughly the same as existing 970FX processors when the 970MP is actually released (like what...
Posted by blackwind, on Mar 16, 2005 at 07:53 AM, in Mac Desktops
Actually, the Power Mac line-up and pricing could... 41,746 Views / 168 Replies  
Actually, the Power Mac line-up and pricing could be problematic for Apple when compared with AMD and Intel.

Firstly, I'll be the pessimist and say that the fastest PowerPC 970MP that would be...
Posted by blackwind, on Mar 13, 2005 at 09:51 AM, in Mac Desktops
Re: Wintel CPUs vs. PPC970FX Cinebench 2003 benchmark 682 Views / 2 Replies  
The best dual 2.5-GHz G5 result that I have seen was from Ars Technica's forums:

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CINEBENCH 2003 v1...
Posted by blackwind, on Mar 13, 2005 at 09:15 AM, in Mac Desktops
The problem is that there is not much that makes... 10,692 Views / 154 Replies  
The problem is that there is not much that makes Apple's Photoshop 8 benchmarks useful. That is the problem when one tries to combine a number of results into a simpler "general" result without...
Posted by blackwind, on Dec 11, 2004 at 01:56 AM, in Mac Desktops
I actually was not intending to imply that Apple... 10,692 Views / 154 Replies  
I actually was not intending to imply that Apple purposely put slower hard drives in the PC's (although in re-reading my most recent post, it can be taken that way), since I forgot that the G5's...
Posted by blackwind, on Dec 10, 2004 at 02:13 PM, in Mac Desktops
While one can argue the benefits of the G5... 10,692 Views / 154 Replies  
While one can argue the benefits of the G5 against the Pentium 4 hardware-wise, one needs software to run on the hardware. Otherwise, all you have is a leading-edge technological paperweight. When...
Posted by blackwind, on Dec 10, 2004 at 12:48 PM, in Mac Desktops
In all fairness, although the G5 is not the... 10,692 Views / 154 Replies  
In all fairness, although the G5 is not the fastest when compared to the fastest AMD or Intel processors, the G5 is a formidable chip in many cases when it comes to floating-point (and Altivec)...
Posted by blackwind, on Dec 10, 2004 at 11:35 AM, in Mac Desktops
I think people in general need to cool off a bit... 11,921 Views / 743 Replies  
I think people in general need to cool off a bit in here.

Firstly and hopefully, people at the extremes will remember that the U.S. is ultimately one entity and that both "sides" (somewhat...
Posted by blackwind, on Nov 3, 2004 at 02:56 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Here is the buy link: ... 5,669 Views / 59 Replies  
Here is the buy link:

http://www-132.ibm.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?categoryId=2586156&storeId=1&catalogId=-840&langId=-1

According to this page, the PowerPC 970 used in the...
Posted by blackwind, on Oct 15, 2004 at 02:52 PM, in Mac Desktops
This depends on whether IBM releases a PowerPC... 1,020 Views / 7 Replies  
This depends on whether IBM releases a PowerPC 975 this summer. Also, just because a processor can scale to 3-GHz does not (necessarily) mean that its initial release will be at 3 GHz.

Remember,...
Posted by blackwind, on May 25, 2004 at 10:21 AM, in Mac Desktops
One possible reason for no Power Mac update would... 25,486 Views / 188 Replies  
One possible reason for no Power Mac update would possibly be a result of its architecture. It is not certain that the PowerPC 970 supports half-integer bus multipliers, and this would result in less...
Posted by blackwind, on Feb 2, 2004 at 07:46 PM, in Mac Desktops
Re: Re: My Personal Take 3,163 Views / 161 Replies  
Hence my statement at the end about my post becoming incoherent... :D

What I meant was that during times when France had been threatened by an enemy to their east, they have never properly...
Posted by blackwind, on Nov 24, 2003 at 04:58 PM, in Political/War Lounge
My Personal Take 3,163 Views / 161 Replies  
It's been a while since I have been involved in an interesting political debate, and I guess I'll take a swing at this particular issue for the heck of it. :)

It is obvious that the U.S. and...
Posted by blackwind, on Nov 22, 2003 at 03:26 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I found a few more scores. All tests are... 6,121 Views / 44 Replies  
I found a few more scores. All tests are single-threaded to test only one processor at a time. Note that the Pentium 4 can actually run two threads simultaneously as a result of Hyperthreading, but...
Posted by blackwind, on Nov 20, 2003 at 08:31 PM, in Mac Desktops
In response to olePigeon: Cinema 4D XL (and... 6,121 Views / 44 Replies  
In response to olePigeon:

Cinema 4D XL (and consequently Cinebench) are not optimized for Altivec because Maxon engineers believed Altivec to provide negligible improvements.

For texturing and...
Posted by blackwind, on Nov 20, 2003 at 08:10 PM, in Mac Desktops
With regards to the scientific benchmarks (not... 6,121 Views / 44 Replies  
With regards to the scientific benchmarks (not done by Ars Technica, but they were the ones who had links... unfortunately, Ars Technica is down right now...), most - if not all - of them were done...
Posted by blackwind, on Nov 20, 2003 at 02:48 PM, in Mac Desktops
There are indeed a fair bit of third-party... 6,121 Views / 44 Replies  
There are indeed a fair bit of third-party (mostly scientific-based) benchmarks comparing the G5 against its nearest competitors. In those tests (I wish Ars Technica was up so that I could find the...
Posted by blackwind, on Nov 19, 2003 at 05:48 PM, in Mac Desktops
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