Mactacular

I’m going to geek out for a second, so please bear with me.

Slashdot is reporting on a very interesting article on a benchmark test between the Mac G5 and the Athlon 64. PC World took the G5 to task against the Athlon 64, the P4, and the Opteron processors, benchmarking against Adobe Premiere 6, Adobe Photoshop 7, MS Word, and Quake III (maybe one of the only games you can get for the Mac, but I digress). The Mac was crushed in all but one category – Photoshop – though it didn’t take top honors in this spot.

Now, as I’ve said before, I really don’t care one way or the other about Macs. I think they’re great machines, and a great number of people who have my Tech Respect swear by them. They’re fun to use and have an intuitive UI. What pisses me off is when Mac bends the truth in an attempt to technologically legitimize themselves (see my June 24th post for another example). Hands down, Mac is the better system from a UI perspective; why do they need to win the “speed race” and have to resort to Clinton-speak to do it? (When Mac said the G5 is the world’s fastest personal computer and the first with a 64-bit processor, that was true after a fashion – it was first. And AMD/Intel don’t put out personal computers, thus the procs used aren’t native to the Dell machine that contains them, for example. Whatever).

In fairness, there’s an OS upgrade (Panther) for Mac in 9 days – it might make a big difference. There’s also a great deal of arm-flapping (as can be expected) over on Slashdot – they used a Microsoft app (unfair to the Mac!), they used a game (unfair to the Mac!), they used Premiere (which runs in Mac Classic – unfair!), the other machines used RAID, etc. etc.

I’m going to keep my zealots in Starcraft, methinks.

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