Tuesday, May 16, 2006

17" MacBook Pro vs G5 Dual 2.7GHz Desktop

From xlr8yourmac.com:

17" MBP 2GB 7200 100GB vs G5 Dual 2.7GHz 8GB [hard drive unspecified]

Boot time to desktop:
Dual G5: 36 sec
MacBook Pro: 8-11 sec

iDVD 30 min DV to DVD and burn:
Dual G5: 36 min
MacBook Pro: 39 min

1080P trailer playback 3 movies simultaneous 24 FPS:
Dual G5: 18 FPS
MacBook Pro: 10.4 FPS

MS Word load 4000 pg document with photos 170MB:
Dual 2.7GHz G5: 19.4 sec
MacBook Pro: 32 sec

MacBook Pro running Windows vs Dell XPS

Half Life 2 video test:
MBP: 114
XPS: 104

Quake 3:
MBP: 281
XPS: 277
G5: 364

Unreal Tournament 2004:
MBP: 95
XPS: 86
G5: 64

Oblivion Impressions:
MBP: Smooth as silk in the dungeons, outside a little choppy when looking into the distance (fog not working, odd shadows).
XPS: Smooth but "chuggy" in dungeons, outside 10-15fps but playable (looks normal).

The MacBook Pro has more than enough power to play the latest PC games and compares well to the Dual G5 when running Mac universal applications.

When compared to the Dell XPS, the MacBook Pro looks better, is cheaper, two pounds lighter, boasts a higher res screen, is faster by 10%, and (best of all) can run both Mac and PC apps.


Teifion said...

Now I just need to figure out where on earth I'll get the money for a MBP, how long until they come down in price and how much will they come down by?

brett jordan said...

Hi Teifion, I'm sure your dad will stump up the money for a fully-loaded 17" MacBook Pro, just remember to say 'Please' and 'Uncle Brett said you would'.

Price-wise, I'm guessing not much price reduction for a long time, they're already competitive with their PC counterparts, and selling very well indeed.