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Rob-ART, Main Mad Scientist
Bet-TAY, Special Features Editor


ARCHIVED SPEED TESTS by date

December 31st, 2009 -- MAC-FLECTION: The Best of 2009 and Wish List for 2010.

December 11th, 2009 -- MEMORY SPEED TESTS: iMac Core i7 versus Nehalem Mac Pro

December 7th, 2009 (Corrected) -- 3D SHOOTOUT at 1920x1200: iMac Core i5 and Core i7 versus seven other flavors of Mac

November 25th, 2009 -- 3D SHOOTOUT at 2560x1440: iMac Core i5 versus Core i7 versus 'Big Brother'

November 19th, 2009 (updated) -- CPU CRUNCH SHOOTOUT: iMac Core i7 versus other Macs (added iMac Core i5 to graphs)

November 13th, 2009 -- OS X 10.6.2 vs 10.6.0 vs 10.5.8: How Fast Do 3D Apps Run on Each?

November 2nd, 2009 -- SHOOTOUT: Seagate Cheetah 15K.7 SAS 6Gb/s HDD versus others (using ATTO ExpressSAS H644 6Gb/s adapter)

October 23rd, 2009 -- MAC PRO SLED MULTIPLIER: TransIntl DX4 Mounting Station for SSDs and 2.5" HDDs

October 20th, 2009 -- REVIEW: FirmTek SeriTek/2ME4-E four-port hot-swap PCIe host adapter (tested with 4 and 5 bay enclosures)

October 16th, 2009 -- REVIEW: Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2, Versatile 4 Bay 8TB RAID Enclosure

October 9th, 2009 -- REVIEW: Apple 24" LED Cinema Display and Atlona AT-D200 DVI-to-Mini DisplayPort Converter

October 2nd, 2009 -- PRESENT (AND FUTURE?) MAC GPUs: Vantage and Turbine Benchmarks under Vista Ultimate

October 2nd, 2009 (Updated) -- SHOOTOUT: Four 2TB SATA Hard Drives -- (added WD Caviar Black)

September 18th, 2009 -- PROBLEM SOLVED: The 24" Cinema Display now connects to a standard DVI port (thanks to Gefen)

September 16th, 2009 (Updated) -- CAMERA ACCESSORY: LensBaby Composer (from Bet-TAY, Special Features Editor) -- new Wide Angle Lens accessory

September 16th, 2009 (Updated) -- CAMERA ACCESSORY: BlackRapid RS-4 Strap (from Bet-TAY, Special Features Editor) -- new Connector and Fastener option

September 9th, 2009 (Updated) -- SNOW LEOPARD: OpenCL Benchmarks (four GPUs compared)

August 21st, 2009 -- WACOM EVOLVED: The Intuos4 or "we've come a long way since we were drawing with soap on a rope"

August 14th, 2009 -- CRACKING THE CODE: TransIntl's Pro Cable -- Trick Internal Storage Solution for the Mac Pro

August 14th, 2009 -- MASSIVE STORAGE FOR THE MASSES: Stardom SOHOTANK ST8

August 7th, 2009 -- GPU SHOOTOUT, Round 2: GeForce GTX 285 with new drivers and OS X 10.5.8 versus others

August 7th, 2009 -- SERIOUS PRO APPS: 'mid 2009' MacBook Pro 17" with 8GB of RAM versus the fastest iMac and Mac Pro running After Effects and Compressor

July 21st, 2009 -- EXTREME LAPTOPPING: 'mid 2009' MacBook Pro with 250G SSD versus 500G HDD

July 17th, 2009 (Update) -- MacBook Pro External Storage: CalDigit VR mini versus Sonnet Fusion F2 -- new results on faster F2; both are bus powered RAID solutions

July 10th, 2009 -- RAID 5 STORAGE: Stardom DECKLINK DR4

July 1st, 2009 -- CPU Crunch: 'mid 2009' 17" MacBook Pro 3.06GHz versus other Macs

June 24th, 2009 -- CAMERA ACCESSORY: AirPort AirStream Roller Bag (a Special Feature by Bet-TAY)

June 23rd, 2009 -- BENCHMARKS: iPhone 3G S versus 3G

June 20th, 2009 -- CAMERA MAINTENANCE: Simple Sensor Cleaning (a Special Feature by Bet-TAY)

June 19th, 2009 -- 3D Gaming on a MacBook Pro: Integrated versus Dedicated GPU

June 19th, 2009 -- Analysis of the iPhone 3G S (preliminary)

June 18th, 2009 -- GeForce GTX 285 on Nehalem Mac Pro running 3D apps under Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

June 16th, 2009 -- GeForce GTX 285 on Nehalem Mac Pro running Pro Apps

June 15th, 2009 -- Apple Pro RAID for Nehalem Mac Pro versus Third Party Alternative

June 15th, 2009 (Update) -- WWDC 2009: Analysis of the NEW MacBook 'Pros' (added more analysis and counterpoint)

June 10th, 2009 -- GeForce GTX 285 on Nehalem Mac Pro versus other GPUs running 3D Apps under Mac OS X

June 6th, 2009 -- HighPoint RocketRAID 'eSATA for Mac': Ease and Versatility for all models of Mac Pro

May 29th, 2009 -- OCZ Vertex Solid State Drive: Game Changer

May 26th, 2009 -- Quadro FX 4800 on Nehalem Mac Pro versus other GPUs.

May 13th, 2009 -- 2009 iMac (Part Three): Low Rez 3D Gaming compared to iMacs going back to 2006

May 11th, 2009 -- 2009 iMac (Part One Redux): Optional Radeon HD 4850 versus other iMac GPUs running 3D Games at High Rez

May 6th, 2009 -- EXTREME MOBILE COMPUTING: Dual SSD internal boot volume in the 'Unibody' MacBook Pro

April 23rd, 2009 -- Burly Video RAID 8 connected to the Nehalem Mac Pro

April 22nd, 2009 -- CAMERA ACCESSORY: mini MIGHTY bag (a Special Feature by Bet-TAY)

April 20th, 2009 -- Today, nVidia announced the Quadro FX 4800 for the Mac Pro. We have requested a test unit but wanted to make sure you knew about it -- especially those of you who want more than 512MB of video memory.

April 17th, 2009 -- SSD RAID 0 set inside the 2009 Nehalem Mac Pro: How can 3 be faster than 6?

April 8th, 2009 -- 2009 iMac (Part Two): Do You Really Need A Mac Pro or Will An iMac Do The Job? (2-core iMac versus 4-core Mac Pro running Cinebench, Geekbench, After Effects, Photoshop, iTunes, Motion, etc.)

April 3rd, 2009 -- Nehalem Mac Pro 4-Core versus 8-Core: What's the Real World Difference?

April 1st, 2009 - eXtreme gaming on the Nehalem Mac Pro (2560x1600 with 4x Multisampling, High settings -- four different GPUs) -- no fooling

March 27th, 2009 -- Nehalem Mac Pro + external storage: HighPoint RocketRaid 4322 RAID host adapter with 8 bay SATA enclosures (RAID 0, 5, and 6)

March 25th, 2009 (Improved)-- Pro Apps On Your 'Nehalem' Mac Pro (After Effects, Photoshop CS4, Compressor 3) plus bonus memory bandwidth test -- check out the mods to the Compressor test results.

March 25th, 2009 (Updated) -- Core Image Benchmarks on the Nehalem Mac Pro (using four different graphics cards) -- Quadro FX 5600 added

March 25th, 2009 (Updated) -- 3D Games on the 'Nehalem' Mac Pro with Radeon HD 4870 and GeForce 120 GT (versus older Mac Pros) -- added iMac with GeForce GT 130 and Quadro FX 5600 to the mix

March 11th, 2009 -- Cinebench 10 and Geekbench 2 on 'Nehalem' Mac Pros

March 11th, 2009 (Updated) -- Three Things You Should Know About 'early 2009' Mac Pro Memory -- added "Installation Guide"

March 3rd, 2009 -- BRIEFING: Preliminary Performance Analysis of the "early 2009" Mac Pro "Nehalem"

March 3rd, 2009 -- BRIEFING: What's Faster About The 'early 2009' iMac, 15" MacBook Pro, and Mac mini?

February 26th, 2009 -- SHOOTOUT: Fastest Mac Pro SATA Boot Drives (includes new Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 vs the fastest from three other manufacturers.

February 17th, 2009 (Redo) -- ULTIMATE NOTEBOOK DRIVE? Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500G versus the Hitachi Travelstar 7K320 and WD Scorpio Black

February 13th, 2009 -- BRIEFING: Six Things You Should Know About 200MB/s Storage Solutions

February 9th, 2009 -- SOLUTION: Avoiding Keyboard Spills (from Bet-TAY, Special Features Editor)

January 23rd, 2009 -- FEATURED GAME: Call of Duty 4 on Three Fast Macs

January 9th, 2009 -- Looking Over The Fence: Consumer Electronics 2009 -- our list of interesting non-Apple products

January 8th, 2009 (updated) -- MacWorld Expo SF 2009 Report on performance related products

December 30th, 2008 -- MISS_NG P I E C E S -- Our updated list on what's missing from Apple Inc. products and product line.

December 26th, 2008 -- SHOOTOUT: Three Fast Macs. We compare the fastest Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, and iMac running Photoshop CS4, After Effects CS4, Aperture, and Compressor.

December 22nd, 2008 -- Mac OS X 10.5.5 versus 10.5.6 -- Do Graphics Run Faster In The Newest Update?

December 12th, 2008 -- REVIEW: CoolGear SATA Drive Docking Station -- ingenious way to connect notebook and desktop drives to USB 2.0 or SATA ports.

December 11th, 2008 -- SHOOTOUT: HighPoint RocketRAID 2680 SATA/SAS RAID PCIe Host Adapter versus the 'sister' RocketRAID 4320 -- (both support up to 8 SATA or SAS drives but the RR2680 costs half as much -- so what's the difference?)

December 4th, 2008 (Appended) -- DRIVE SHOOTOUT: HDD versus SSD in the 'late 2008' MacBook Pro -- we added the "screaming" Intel X25-M to the mix. So now it's two HDDs vs two SSDs.

December 4th, 2008 (Appended) -- CPU CRUNCH SHOOTOUT: 'late 2008' MacBook Pro 2.8GHz versus Older MacBook Pros (We added the low end 'late 08' MacBook Pro 2.4GHz and the 13" MacBook 2.4)

December 3rd, 2008 (Appended) -- 3D GAME SHOOTOUT: All three models of 15" 'late 2008' Apple MacBook Pro + one 13" 'late 2008' MacBook (includes ETQW, Halo, WoW & Prey results at 1280x800 and 1440x900).

November 20th, 2008 -- SHOOTOUT: Sonnet Tech ExpressCard CF Reader versus FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 Readers.

November 19th, 2008 -- SHOOTOUT: Dual Intel X-25M SSDs versus other fast Boot Drives for the Mac Pro

November 4th, 2008 -- 'SERIOUS' GRAPHICS: 'late 2008' Macbook Pro runs iMaginator and Motion benchmarks plus OpenGL Extensions Viewer.

October 31st, 2008 -- PUSHING THE LIMIT: 6GB of RAM in the 'late 2008' MacBook Pro -- Will it work? Any problems? Any speed penalty?

October 29th, 2008 -- STORAGE INTERFACE SHOOTOUT: USB 2.0 vs FireWire 400 vs FireWire 800 vs Serial ATA on the 'Late 2008' MacBook Pro

October 28th, 2008 -- 1440x900 3D GRAPHICS SHOOTOUT: 2.53GHz vs 2.8GHz MacBook Pro - (using both 9400M and 9600M GT modes)

October 23rd, 2008 -- GPU COMPARISON: GeForce 9400M versus GeForce 9600M GT -- Both in the 'late 2008' MacBook Pro 2.8GHz

October 17th, 2008 -- SPEED & SAFETY: HighPoint RocketRAID 4320 with 5, 6, 7 and 8 drives in RAID 5 and 6 sets.

October 15th, 2008 -- Performance Analysis of the "late 2008" MacBook and MacBook Pro

October 8th, 2008 -- TRANSINTL PRO DRIVE: A Unique Mac Pro Storage Solution

October 7th, 2008 -- CONSUMER HD VIDEO, PART TWO: Editing Footage and Authoring/Burning Blu-ray Movie Disc

October 3rd, 2008 -- ROAD TRIP TIPS FOR TECH HEADS -- various gizmos you might want to bring along on your next business trip or vacation

September 26th, 2008 -- REVIEW: HighPoint RocketRAID 4320 SAS/SATA 8 channel RAID host adapter -- real "muscle" for Pros

September 18th, 2008 -- Mac OS X 10.5.4 versus 10.5.5 -- Do Graphics Intensive Apps Run FASTER?

September 16th, 2008 -- Why Factory Refurbs from Apple are Cool.

September 15th, 2008 (Corrected*) -- CONSUMER HD VIDEO, PART ONE: Shooting and Capturing -- (* we were wrong -- FCP can capture AVCHD -- and does it faster)

August 29th, 2008 (Updated with 4870 X2 results) -- FUTURE MAC PRO GPUs: GeForce GTX 280? Radeon HD 4870? (We test them against the current upgrades: Radeon HD 3870, GeForce 8800 GT, and Quadro FX 5600 under Windows Ultimate.)

August 1st, 2008 -- SPEED TEST: LaCie Little Big Disk Quadra One Terabyte (SATA, FW800, and USB2 results

July 27th, 2008 -- DOWNLOAD SPEED TESTS: Apple iPhone 3G vs EDGE

July 23rd, 2008 -- SOLUTION: MaxUpgrades' kit mounts Velociraptors in Mac Pro drive bays

July 18th, 2008 -- SHOOTOUT: CalDigit RAID card versus Apple Pro RAID card - RAID 0 and RAID 5 internally to the Mac Pro

July 16th, 2008 -- SHOOTOUT: HighPoint RocketRAID 2640x4 versus Apple Pro RAID - both SAS and SATA, both RAID 0 and RAID 5

July 10th, 2008 -- ANALYSIS: iPhone 3G -- significant improvements

July 9th, 2008 -- NOTEBOOK DRIVE SHOOTOUT: 7K 320GB versus 5K 500GB

June 20th, 2008 -- WD Velociraptor versus other fast SATA drives

June 13th, 2008 -- CORE IMAGE SAVIOR: ATI Radeon HD 3870 Mac & PC Edition

June 13th, 2008 -- MAC GAME SHOOTOUT: ATI Radeon HD 3870 Mac & PC Edition versus GeForce 8800 GT and other GPUs

June 13th, 2008 -- PC GAME SHOOTOUT: ATI Radeon HD 3870 Mac & PC Edition versus GeForce 8800 GT (under Vista 64 in Boot Camp partition)

May 30th, 2008 -- Mac OS X 10.5.3 versus 10.5.2: Has the GeForce 8800's Core Image Performance Improved?

May 23rd, 2008 -- SHOOTOUT: Portable SATA Notebook RAID -- Sonnet Fusion F2 versus LaCie LBD Quadra

May 23rd, 2008 (Updated) -- 'Early 2008' iMac -- iMovie Render Surprise: Radeon 2600 beats GeForce 8800!

May 16th, 2008 -- 'Early 2008' iMac -- CPU Crunch Tests

May 9th, 2008 -- 'Early 2008' iMac -- Radeon HD 2600 Pro versus GeForce 8800 GS

May 2nd, 2008 -- SHOOTOUT: High Capacity Notebook Drives in FireWire 800 Enclosures - includes new Hitachi 5K 500GB notebook drive (Updated at 6PM Pacific Time with info on the G-RAID mini.)

May 1st, 2008 (Appended) -- REALITY CHECK: Does Corsair's Low Latency memory for Mac Laptops really make them go faster? (Added "video to layers" test simliar to the one published by Corsair.)

April 30th, 2008 ("improved") -- SHOOTOUT: Enemy Territory: Quake Wars - Fastest Mac Pro with Radeon 2600 and Geforce 8800 - Updated using an improved netdemo file. Threaded Rendering confirmed.

April 29th, 2008 (Updated) -- GPU SHOOT 'EM UP: Windows Vista 64 on the 2008 Mac Pro - Six Graphics Cards and Four 3D Games - (ETQW added; Crossfire 2600 added)

April 24th, 2008 -- 3D GAME SHOOT 'EM UP: Legacy GeForce 8800 GT versus others -- finally we have it for "1st Generation" Mac Pros.

April 22nd, 2008 (Corrections) -- PREVIEW: FirmTek's SpyderHUB -- "More Ports To The People"

April 18th, 2008 -- SHOOTOUT: MacBook Air versus MacBook Pro -- CPU and GPU tests

April 17th, 2008 -- REVIEW: FirmTek's SeriTek/5PM Direct-To-Backplane PM Enclosure

April 17th, 2008 (Updated) -- CPU CRUNCH: 2008 vs 2007 MacBook Pros -- L2 cache amount is the key -- added Compressor test results

April 11th, 2008 -- SHOOTOUT: RAID 0 vs 3 vs 5 vs 6 -- RocketRAID 3522 connected to eight Samsung Spinpoint F1 drives.

April 4th, 2008 -- SHOOTOUT: Western Digital 640GB versus other 7K SATA 3G drives -- Could it be the "sweet spot" in price, capacity, and performance as the ultimate boot drive?

April 1st, 2008 -- GPU "Shoot 'em Up": "early 2008" MacBook Pros versus others -- see 17" MBP's secret advantage

March 21st, 2008 -- SHOOTOUT: SAS vs SATA -- One, Two, Three, and Four Drive Configurations

March 14th, 2008 -- PREVIEW: HighPoint RocketRAID 3522 3G SATA RAID host adapter -- key features discussed -- benchmarks to follow

March 13th, 2008 -- MAX MEMORY: 32 Gigabytes in the "early 2008" Mac Pro

March 3rd, 2008 -- HAMMERING IT HOME: Fifteen RAM Preview renders with Motion 3 on four different "early 2008" Mac Pro graphics cards.

March 3rd, 2008 (Updated) -- GPU SHOOT 'EM UP: GeForce 8800 GT versus Radeon HD 2600 XT and Radeon X1900 XT -- added Quadro FX 5600 just for fun

February 29th, 2008 -- SHOOTOUT: Potential Boot Drives for the 2008 Mac Pro -- added two more one terabyte drives

February 22nd, 2008 (Updated) -- MEMORY TESTING, TAKE 2: "early 2008" Mac Pro 3.2GHz 8-core tested with 12 different memory configurations from 4GB to 16GB using 64-bit STREAM app.

February 12th, 2008 -- SHOOTOUT: MacBook Air HDD versus SSD -- using QuickBench 4.03 random and sequential, small and large blocks.

February 6th, 2008 (Updated) -- ANALYSIS: MacBook Air -- Power User Dream 'Book? Or First Class Lap Sculpture? -- We were seduced by the "Air Side."

February 1st, 2008 -- SHOOTOUT: Low-End Meets High-End or 4-core 2.8GHz Mac Pro versus 8-core 3.2GHz Mac Pro

January 28th, 2008 (Updated) -- MEMORY COMPARED: 800MHz versus 667MHz in the Mac Pro 3.2GHz 'Harpertown' -- Added results from STREAM 64-bit Parallel Multi-Threaded benchmark

January 27th, 2008 (Updated) -- GPU SHOOT 'EM UP: Radeon HD 2600 XT on both old and new Mac Pros -- added results from the 2.8GHz Mac Pro and G5/2.5GHz Quad-Core

January 27th, 2008 (Updated) -- CPU INTENSIVE SHOOTOUT: '2008' Mac Pro versus previous Mac towers - added full 2.8GHz Mac Pro results and G5/2.5GHz results

January 21st, 2008 -- POWER USAGE and NOISE LEVELS: 3.2GHz Mac Pro 'Harpertown' versus 3.0GHz Mac Pro 'Clovertown'

January 16th, 2008 -- ANALYSIS: MacWorld Expo SF '08 Product Announcements in Steve Jobs' Keynote

January 16th, 2008 -- BOOTHS at MacWorld SF 2008 that you don't want to miss.

January 14th, 2008 (Updated) -- Mac Pro BUYING ADVICE: Radeon HD 2600 XT or GeForce 8800 GT?

December 28th, 2007 -- SHOOTOUT: AT&T iPhone versus Verizon LG Voyager

December 27th, 2007 -- Our HOT DEALS page has been updated with the latest discounts on Apple systems, graphics cards, LCD displays, and memory.

December 20th, 2007 (UPDATE) -- LOW REZ GAMING: MacBook 2.2GHz "Rosa" with GMA X3100 versus two rival Mac laptops

December 19th, 2007 -- TRAINING RESOURCE: Nikon D200 Made Easy, a DVD from Elite Video (Special Feature by Bet-TAY)

December 13th, 2007 -- REVIEW: Wiebetech eRazer -- The Shredder for Unwanted Hard Drives

December 7th, 2007 -- CPU CRUNCH: MacBook 2.2GHz "Rosa" versus three rival Mac laptops

November 30th, 2007 -- SHOOTOUT: 200GB 7200rpm Notebook Drives -- Hitachi versus Seagate

November 16th, 2007 -- REVIEW: Sonnet Tango Express 800 PCIe Host Adapter -- FireWire 800 + USB 2.0

November 13th, 2007 (Update) -- SHOOTOUT: One Terabyte 3G SATA Hard Drives --- Seagate vs Hitachi vs Western Digital

November 9th, 2007 -- PRO GRAPHICS SHOOTOUT: MacBook 2.2GHz 'Rosa' with GMA X3100 versus two rival Mac laptops running Motion, Cinebench, and iMaginator

November 8th, 2007 -- HI REZ 3D GAME SHOOTOUT: MacBook 2.2GHz "Rosa" with GMA X3100 versus two rival Mac laptops

October 31st, 2007 -- PERFORMANCE COMPARISON: Tiger versus Leopard -- under which OS does your applications run fastest?

October 18th, 2007 -- SHOOTOUT: Corel Painter X on Three Macs

October 10th, 2007 -- SHOOTOUT: Three High-End Graphics Cards for the G4 Power Mac

October 2nd, 2007 -- TRAINING RESOURCE: Compositing Exposures to Light Architecture and Landscapes -- special feature by Bet-TAY

September 28th, 2007 -- SHOOTOUT: September 2007 iPods -- Nano vs Classic vs Touch (vs iPhone)

September 25th, 2007 -- TRAINING RESOURCE: Best (Techniques) of Photoshop CS3 -- special feature by Bet-TAY

September 24th, 2007 -- SPECIAL REPORT: The Ultimate Massage Chair -- to "supercharge" productivity and "boost" morale

September 21st, 2007 (Updated) -- SHOOTOUT: MAXPower G4/7448 Upgrade versus other Macs running at similar clock speeds -- added the Dual 1.8GHz version

September 16th, 2007 (Appended) -- SHOOTOUT: iMac Update 1.0 versus 1.1 -- Three Tough iMacs and Three Tough 3D Accelerated Games (WoW results added with and without Anisotropy)

September 14th, 2007 (Appended) -- ADOBE BENCHMARKS: iMac 2.8 Aluminum versus Others (Photoshop CS3 and After Effects CS3 -- now with results from all 3 models of Aluminum iMac)

September 14th, 2007 --- REVIEW: Lensbaby 3G (by Special Features Editor, Bet-TAY)

September 13th, 2007 -- REVIEW: Two Alternatives To The 23" Apple Cinema Display

September 5th (Appended) -- PRO BENCHMARKS: iMac 2.8 Aluminum versus Others (Cinebench 10 and Motion 3 -- iMac 2.0 Aluminum added)

September 4th, 2007 -- REVIEW: HighPoint RocketRAID 2314MS SATA 3G PCIe Host Adapter -- RAID 5 with improved write performance and special mini-SAS connector

August 29th, 2007 (Updated) -- 3D GAME SHOOTOUT: iMac 2.8 Aluminum versus Others (added 2.0GHz Aluminum iMac with Radeon HD 2400 XT)

August 26th, 2007 (Updated) -- 3D GAMES UNDER WINDOWS: iMac 2.8 Aluminum versus Others (Added Vista results - note how Vista's drivers affect the Quake 4 results)

August 3rd, 2007 -- SHOOTOUT: Hitachi 1TB SATA Drive versus Others

July 18th, 2007 -- SHOOTOUT: 250GB 5K Notebook Drive versus The Two Fastest 7K Notebook Drives

July 5th, 2007 -- MISS_NG P I E C E S: 9 suggested improvements to the Apple iPhone.

June 29th, 2007 -- ANALYSIS: Apple iPhone -- We updated this January article with rebuttal to the 3 excuses given by Apple and AT&T for not supporting 3G mobile broadband.

June 27th, 2007 -- SHOOTOUT: Hitachi 7K200 and Seagate 7200.2 notebook drives versus others

June 26th, 2007 (Updated) -- CPU CRUNCHING: MacBook Pro "Santa Rosa" versus Others running Photoshop, After Effects, Compressor, and Motion -- added 2.2GHz "crunch" results.

June 21st, 2007 -- MAXIMUM MAC PRO: 4GB FB-DIMMs x 8 = 32GB, thanks to TransIntl

June 21st, 2007 -- MAXIMUM MAC PRO: max_flow memory cooler and maxPro 8 internal drive kit, thanks to MaxUpgrades

June 15th, 2007 -- UNFINISHED BUSINESS: MacBook Pro "Santa Rosa" Testing -- YOU CAN HELP

June 12th, 2007 (Updated) -- 3D GAME SHOOTOUT: 15" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz "Santa Rosa" (with GeForce 8600M GT) versus Others "playing" Quake 4, Doom 3, Prey, Halo, and UT2004 -- added the results for the 17" version (even faster!)

June 12th, 2007 (Updated) -- SHOOTOUT: 15" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz versus 2.4GHz (or 128MB versus 256MB of VRAM) -- Added 17" results at 1920x1200

June 4th, 2007 (Updated) -- FINAL CUT PRO 6 and COMPRESSOR 3: Do they fully utilize the 8-Core Mac Pro? -- Added graph comparing 4-core to 8-core Mac Pro rendering with Compressor 3 with Virtual Clustering

May 18th, 2007 -- RACING SHOOTOUT: Xbox 360 Elite versus PlayStation 3 versus Mac -- Focus On Car Racing Simulations

May 12th, 2007 (Updated) -- SHOOTOUT: 8-Core Mac Pro versus 4-Core Mac Pro running Cinebench, Geekbench, Photoshop CS3, Aperture, and QuickTime Player -- (Added a second Photoshop graph; added Quad G5 to Photoshop and Aperture graphs)

April 30th, 2007 -- ADOBE AFTER EFFECTS CS3: A justification for buying an 8-core Mac Pro.

April 27th, 2007 (Updated) -- SHOOTOUT: Seagate 7200rpm 160GB Notebook Drive Versus Others -- (Added repaired 160GB 5400rpm notebook drive to graphs.)

April 19th, 2007 -- MULTI-PROCESSING: 8 Core versus 4 Core Mac Pro (or "What happens when four CPU hungry apps fight for all available cores?")

April 14th, 2007 -- 3D GAMING: 8 Core versus 4 Core Mac Pro

April 10th, 2007 (Updated) -- SPECIAL REPORT: Does EV-DO Rev A + Rev A USB Modem = Mobile Broadband for All Macs? YES! (Updated with our new, faster upload speeds in a surprise Rev A upgrade to our local EV-DO network.)

April 9th, 2007 (Updated) -- PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS: Eight Core Mac Pro

April 9th, 2007 -- SPECIAL FEATURE: Dean Collins On Lighting - Live at Brooks Institute (by Bet-TAY)

April 5th, 2007 (Updated) -- REVIEW: HighPoint RocketRAID 2314 PCIe SATA 3G Host Adapter -- test results with 10 drives in Port Multiplier mode using RAID 0, RAID 1/0, and RAID 5 configurations

April 4th, 2007 -- SPECIAL FEATURE: Jump Start Guide to the Nikon D80 (by Bet-TAY)

March 30th, 2007 -- REVIEW: Pro Caddy optical bay drive kit for Mac Pro

March 29th, 2007 (Corrected Link) -- REVIEW: Apple TV (plus two competing alternatives)

March 22nd, 2007 -- SHOOTOUT: D-Link Xtreme N Router versus Apple's AirPort Extreme 'N' Base Station

March 21st, 2007 -- REVIEW: Gorillapod SLR-Zoom for Digital Cameras

March 16th, 2007 (Updated) -- REVIEW: Verizon Wireless ExpressCard/34 V640 brings Mobile Broadband Internet access to the MacBook Pro -- (Added info on the new V740 ExpressCard with 3G Rev A rating.)

March 9th, 2007 -- SPECIAL REPORT: QuickBench 4.0 Random Testing of Ten Internal Mac Pro Drives

March 7th, 2007 -- REVIEW: Pro Sleds (for the Mac Pro drive bays)

March 2nd, 2007 (Update) -- PRODUCT ANALYSIS: iPhone and Apple TV
(Added info about 3G version of iPhone.)

February 23rd, 2007 -- REVIEW: CalDigit FireWireVR two bay RAID enclosure

February 16th, 2007 -- SHOOTOUT: AirPort Extreme 802.11g versus 802.11n

February 15th, 2007 -- SPECIAL FEATURE: Four Training Sources for the Nikon D80 Digital Camera (by Bet-TAY)

February 9th, 2007 -- REVIEW: LaCie 4 Port PCIe SATA adapter with Two Big and Biggest enclosures

February 1st, 2007 -- REVIEW: Logitech MX Revolution Laser Cordless Mouse

February 1st, 2007 -- UPDATE: Razer Pro Click Optical 1600 dpi Mouse

January 5th, 2007 -- GAME SHOOTOUT: 17" MacBook Pro Core Duo versus 17" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo

December 28th, 2006 -- SPECIAL REPORT: iPod Connections in The Newest Cars

December 27th, 2006 -- SHOOTOUT: SanDisk Extreme Flash Memory - CompactFlash vs Secure Digital; USB2 Reader vs FW800 Reader

December 22nd, 2006 -- YEAR IN REVIEW: Best Performing Mac Products for 2006

December 18th, 2006 -- SHOOTOUT: Adobe Photoshop CS2 versus CS3 beta on High-End Mac Towers

December 13th, 2006 -- REVIEW: FirmTek's eSATA Dual Bay Enclosure and Host Adapters for Mac Pro and MacBook Pro (plus a comparison of Seagate, Maxtor, and Hitachi drives in dual stripe)

December 13th, 2006 (Update) -- SPECIAL REPORT: Four 750GB Drives inside the Mac Pro -- new speed record for four drive RAID 0!

November 21st, 2006 -- SHOOTOUT: 13" MacBook Core 2 Duo versus Others

November 17th, 2006 -- SPECIAL FEATURE: Big Surprise, Small Box -- iPod Shuffle Rev B (by Bet-TAY)

November 15th, 2006 -- SHOOTOUT: MacBook Pro 4200rpm vs 5400rpm vs 7200rpm internal notebook drives

November 14th, 2006 -- REVIEW: CalDigit's SATA 3G Host Adapters and Dual Bay Enclosure for Mac Pro and MacBook Pro

November 11th, 2006 -- REVIEW: ATI Radeon X1900 for G5 Power Macs with PCIe slots.

November 9th, 2006 (Updated) -- SHOOTOUT: Two MacBook Pros - Core Duo versus Core 2 Duo

November 3rd, 2006 -- SHOOTOUT: Aperture 1.5 on three different Macs

October 27th, 2006 -- EARLY RESULTS: World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Beta with Multi-Threaded OpenGL Enabled

October 25th, 2006 -- SPECIAL REPORT: Mac Pro with Radeon X1900 XT running in 4 lane, 8 lane, and 16 lane mode.

October 21st, 2006 -- SPECIAL FEATURE: The Best of Dean Collins on Photographic Lighting (by Bet-TAY)

October 20th, 2006 -- SPECIAL REPORT: Photoshop CS2 Runs Faster Under With Latest OS X "Tiger" Update

September 22nd, 2006 (Update) -- HIGH REZ GAMING: 20" and 24" iMac Core 2 Duo goes up against the Mac Pro at 1680x1050 and 1920x1200

September 22nd, 2006 (Update) -- SHOOTOUT: 20" iMac Core 2 Duo versus Three Older 20" iMacs -- added 24" iMac Core 2 Duo results to every game graph

September 22nd, 2006 (Update) -- GAMING SLUGFEST: Quad-Core Mac Pro with Radeon X1900 XT versus Others -- Quake 4, Doom 3, Halo UB, and UT2004

September 15th, 2006 -- PRO GRAHICS: MacPro 3.0 with X1900 XT versus others -- Motion 2 and iMaginator

September 8th, 2006 (Update) -- SPECIAL REPORT: What everyone should know about Mac Pro memory upgrades

September 1st, 2006 -- Mac Mini S meets Mini Cooper S or 'The piece missing from the Apple.'

August 29th, 2006 -- NEW PHOTOSHOP SPEED TEST: Mac Pro vs G5 Power Macs using Retouch Artists' new test

August 17th, 2006 -- SHOOTOUT: What's the fastest boot drive for the Mac Pro? We compared seven SATA 3Gb/s drives to two Apple OEM drives. Includes results for booting from RAID 0 pairs.

August 15th, 2006 -- SHOOTOUT: Quad-Core Xeon 3.0GHz Mac Pro versus Quad-Core G5 2.5GHz Power Mac

August 10th, 2006 (Update) -- ARM CHAIR ANALYSIS: Quad Mac Pro versus Quad Power Mac G5 -- corrections in STORAGE section

August 10th, 2006 (Update) -- COMPARISON: Dell 24" LCD display (new bezel design, new low price, and 6ms response time) versus updated Apple 23" Cinema LCD display (another price drop, better specs) -- corrections and owner feedback added

August 4th, 2006 -- REVIEW: SanDisk Extreme IV CompactFlash Card and Extreme FireWire 800 CF Reader (versus other cards and readers)

July 28th, 2006 -- FULL REVIEW: TransIntl's miniXpress SATA notebook drive enclosure with triple interface -- features test results for 7200rpm, 5400rpm, and 4200rpm SATA notebook drives

July 22nd, 2006 (Update) -- EUREKA: Forcing a single SATA drive into 3G mode can provide unexpected speed gains.

July 7th, 2006 -- REVIEW: Seagate's Barracuda 7200.10 with "Vertically Stored Data Bits"

June 21st, 2006 -- REVIEW: Razer Solutions Pro v1.6 High Precision Mouse (with new Mac drivers)

June 16th, 2006 -- REVIEW: CalDigit FASTA-2e PCIe SATA 3G Host Adapter with 2 external ports ($79)

June 12, 2006 -- SHOOTOUT: Quake 4 Results for Various Macs at Various Resolutions

June 2nd, 2006 -- REVIEW: LaCie Little Big Disk -- Bus Powered Notebook RAID

May 30th, 2006 SHOOTOUT: MacBook 13" versus other Macs doing typical iMovie and iDVD functions -- we tried a black 13" MacBook and got much better results

May 30th, 2006 SHOOTOUT: MacBook 13" versus MacBook Pro, PowerBook, and iBook -- 3D Games and Tiger Core Image -- we tried a black 13" MacBook this time

May 24th, 2006 -- REVIEW: HighPoint RocketRAID 2322 SATA II PCI Express Host Adapter with External Infiniband and RAID 5 Support

May 19th, 2006 -- SHOOTOUT: MacBook Pro 2.16GHz versus MacBook Pro 2.0GHz -- how much speed in the bump?

May 12th, 2006 -- MAD SCIENCE: Killer GPU -- GeForce 7800 GTX with 512MB DDR3 in a Quad-Core G5 Power Mac.

May 9th, 2006 -- SHOOTOUT: Quake 4 with SMP Patch on the Intel iMac 2.0, MacBook Pro 2.0, G5/2.0 Power Mac, and G5/2.1 iMac

May 5th, 2006 -- MAD SCIENCE: GeForce 7800 GS on a QuickSilver G4 Power Mac

April 28th, 2006 -- MAD SCIENCE: GeForce 7800 GS for AGP Power Macs

April 28th, 2006 (updated) -- SHOOTOUT: Mac OS X versus Windows XP Pro -- on a MacBook Pro (corrected Doom 3 graph)

April 26th, 2006 -- REVIEW: Sonnet Tempo SATA E4P PCI Express Host Adapter and Fusion 500P -- both with Port Multiplication support

April 24th, 2006 -- REVIEW: FirmTek's SATA ExpressCard/34 Host Adapter for the MacBook Pro

April 21st, 2006 -- QUESTION: Will Lower Latency Memory Make My Quad-Core Go Faster?

April 11th, 2006 -- REVIEW: Glyph Tech 050Q Quad Interface Enclosure (USB2, FW400, FW800, SATA)

April 3rd, 2006 -- MacBook Pro Drive Speed: 5400rpm versus 7200rpm; FireWire 400 on MacBook versus FireWire 800 on PowerBook

March 31st, 2006 -- Adobe Apps Languish on the Intel Macs (Results of After Effects and Photoshop on the MacBook Pro versus PPC Macs)

March 24th, 2006 -- MAD SCIENCE: Mutant GeForce 6600 GT on a G4 Power Mac

March 24th, 2006 -- MAD SCIENCE: Mutant GeForce 6200 for the G4 Cube

March 17th, 2006 -- MacBook Pro Shows USB 2.0 Speed Improvement (compared to PPC Macs)

March 15th, 2006 (Update) -- SHOOTOUT: MacBook Pro 2.0GHz versus PowerBook 2.0GHz (!) -- Photoshop SP actions and Halo results added

March 10th, 2006 (Update) -- SHOOTOUT: Four 500GB Serial ATA II hard drives -- WD5000KS added

March 8th, 2006 -- SHOOTOUT: Intel Mac mini Core Duo versus PPC Mac mini (and iMac Core Duo)

February 17th, 2006 -- REVIEW: ATTO Technology's PCI Express UL5D Ultra320 SCSI Host Adapter for Dual-Core and Quad-Core G5 Power Macs

February 15th, 2006 -- Maya 7 on the Quad-Core: Is the Quadro FX 4500 Really Necessary?

February 15th, 2006 (updated) -- HARD CORE 3D GAMING: The iMac Intel Core Duo versus The "Big Dogs." (Quad-Core with 6600 and 7800 GT added)

February 6th, 2006 -- REVIEW: Aaxeon's PCI Express FireWire and USB Host Adapters for Dual/Quad-Core G5 Power Macs

February 3rd, 2006 (updated) -- SHOOTOUT:iMac 2GHz Core Duo versus Other 2GHz Macs -- added Radeon X800 XT to some graphs

January 28th, 2006 -- REVIEW: Daystar's CPU Upgrade for Aluminum PowerBooks

January 9th, 2006 -- REVIEW: FirmTek Cardbus SATA

January 5th, 2006 -- REVIEW: RocketRAID 2320 PCI Express SATA II adapter for Dual-Core and Quad-Core Power Macs

January 3rd, 2006 -- SPECIAL FEATURE: Color Correction Cards for Digital Cameras (by Bet-TAY)

December 31st, 2005 -- SHOOTOUT: Dual-Core Macs versus Dual-Core Windows PCs

December 28th, 2005 -- SPECIAL FEATURE: "How to Wow - Best Photoshop Tricks" with Jack Davis (by Bet-TAY)

December 27th, 2005 -- SOMETHING DIFFERENT: Xbox 360 + HD Screen + PGR3 = "Final Racing Fantasy"

December 23rd, 2005 -- FLASH ROUNDUP: Fast Flash Drives, Fast Flash Memory Cards, and Fast Flash Card Readers

December 16th, 2005 -- SPECIAL FEATURE: Software Cinema's Photoshop CS2 Pro Techniques with Eddie Tapp (by Bet-TAY)

December 14th, 2005 (Updated) -- REVIEW: Quad-Core G5/2.5 Power Mac vs Single-Core Dual G5/2.5 -- Updated some graphs. The special 3D GAME page includes results for the GeForce 7800 GT and Quadro FX 4500.

November 23rd, 2005 -- SHOOTOUT: What's the Best Boot Drive for the new Quad-Core G5 Power Mac?

November 18th, 2005 -- REVIEW: Daystar 1.9GHz Upgrade for iMac G4 Flat Panel

November 14th, 2005 -- REVIEW: MaxProtect II PowerBook Briefcase

November 10th, 2005 -- UPDATE: iMac G5/1.9GHz Game Results added to iMac G5/2.1GHz Graphics Page

November 5th, 2005 -- SHOOTOUT: New iMac G5/2.1GHz versus 'Old' iMac G5/2.0 and Dual Core G5/2.0 (CPU TESTS)

November 4th, 2005 -- REVIEW: ATI's newest Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition (256MB, 2X/4X AGP) for G4 and G5 Power Macs

November 1st, 2005 -- REVIEW: HighPoint RocketRAID 2224 PCI-X SATA II Host Adapter and X4 Enclosure with 'Infiniband' Connection

October 31st, 2005 -- SHOOTOUT: Dual-Core G5/2.0GHz Power Mac versus Single-Core G5/2.0GHz Power Mac

October 28th, 2005 -- SHOOTOUT: Hitachi Travelstar 7K100 versus Seagate Momentus 7200.1 and other notebook drives

October 26th, 2005 -- PRE-TEST BRIEFING: Latest 15" and 17" PowerBooks -- analysis of new features and performance

October 24th, 2005 -- PRE-TEST BRIEFING: New iMac G5/1.9GHz and 2.1GHz -- discussion of memory, graphics, and drive temperatures.

October 21st, 2005 -- PRE-TEST BRIEFING: New Dual-Core and Quad-Core G5 Power Macs -- discussion of memory, graphics cards, and PCI Express

October 14th, 2005 -- REVIEW: One, Two and Four Bay FireWire miniG Enclosures from TransIntl

October 13th, 2005 (Update) -- SHOOTOUT: Flash Drives vs Pocket Drives vs Bus Powered FireWire Notebook Drives (Added iPod Nano)

October 8th, 2005 -- SHOOTOUT: G4/1.67GHz PowerBook versus G4/1.5GHz PowerBook

October 5th, 2005 -- REVIEW: FirmTek's SeriTek/2eEN4 Four Bay Hot-Swap SATA II Enclosure featuring "Direct-To-Backplane" and "Silent Heat Management"

October 4th, 2005 -- REVIEW: TransIntl's miniG four bay SATA enclosure -- like a "mini me" for the G5 Power Mac

September 29th, 2005 -- SHOOTOUT: Seagate Momentus 7200.1 2.5 inch 100GB 7200rpm drive versus other notebook drives (Power Consumption Stats and Analysis Added October 7th)

September 22nd, 2005 -- QUESTION: Will a QuickSilver G4 Power Mac with a 2.0GHz CPU upgrade keep up with a G5/2.0GHz Power Mac? (PAGE ONE - CPU Crunching with and without faster CPU, PAGE TWO - 3D Graphics Upgrades with and without faster CPU)

September 20th, 2005 -- EARLY RESULTS: FWDepot 2 Port SATA Cardbus Adapter for PowerBooks

September 16th, 2005 (UPDATE) -- SHOOTOUT: RAID 5 versus RAID 0 using new RocketRAID 2220 SATA II PCI-X host adapter -- update on 2 Terabyte limit.

September 7th, 2005 -- SPECIAL FEATURE: Sumajin Cord Wraps (by Bet-TAY)

September 5th, 2005 -- EARLY RESULTS: LaCie Bigger S2S SATA II RAID Tower with Port Multiplication

September 1st, 2005 -- QUESTION: When it comes to 2 and 4 drive RAID 0 sets, which is faster, FireWire 800 or Serial ATA?

August 22nd, 2005 (Update) -- SHOOTOUT: ATI Radeon 9600 Pro PC and Mac Edition with Dual-Link DVI versus other Mac graphics cards -- includes info on the new Radeon 9800 Pro Mac

August 22nd, 2005 (Update) -- SHOOTOUT: G4 Cube 'High-End' Graphics Cards -- results for Radeon 8500 added

August 4th, 2005 -- SHOOTOUT:Dual Core Pentium versus Dual CPU G5 Power Macs.

August 1st, 2005 -- REVIEW: MaxConnect Internal G5 Drive Assembly -- Optical and CPU bay used to put up to 9 drives in your Mac

July 11th, 2005 -- REVIEW: FirmTek's SerTek/1VE2+2 PCI-X SATA host adapter -- 2 internal and 2 external ports -- plus it boots OS 9 and OS X

July 11th, 2005 (Update) -- SHOOTOUT: Fastest 7200rpm SATA Drives for the G5 Power Mac (and G5 iMac)? -- Hitachi 7K500 results added

July 1st, 2005 -- SHOOTOUT: Photoshop CS versus CS2 -- both running under Tiger

July 1st, 2005 -- MAD SCIENCE: Homemade Heatsink for iMac G5's Hot Drive -- Here's the pictures by popular demaind

June 29th, 2005 (update) -- SHOOTOUT: ATI Radeon X850 XT versus nVidia GeForce 6800 GT -- updated with more accurate GT results

June 10th, 2005 -- REVIEW: Medea Fibre Channel VideoRAID -- Speed and Security

June 4th, 2005 -- MAD SCIENCE: One Graphics Card, Three G5 Power Macs -- Will the G5 Power Mac with the highest clock speed be faster running graphics intensive applications?

June 3rd, 2005 -- REDO: Radeon 9650 Versus Four Other Graphics Cards on a G5/2.7GHz Power Mac -- Includes Motion 2, iMaginator, and Four 3D Game Graphs

May 28th, 2005 (Update) -- SHOOTOUT: iMac G5/2.0GHz versus G5/2.0GHz Power Mac -- Added iMac G5/1.8 iMaginator and UT2004 results (thereby comparing the GeForceFX 5200 to the Radeon 9600)

May 10th, 2005 (Update) -- SHOOTOUT: G5/2.7GHz Power Mac Versus Other G5 Power Macs (G5/2.3GHz results added)

May 4th, 2005 -- SHOOTOUT: G4/2.0GHz GigaDesigns Upgrade Versus G5/2.0GHz Power Mac

April 29th, 2005 -- SHOOTOUT: Panther versus Tiger

April 28th, 2005 -- RE-REVIEW: FirmTek 4 port external SATA PCI-X host adapter with "intelligent" hot-swap and dual-bay enclosures with "direct to backplane" feature.

April 15th, 2005 -- REVIEW: Sonnet Technology's New 8 Port External PCI-X SATA Host Adapter (with Seagate and Raptor RAID)

April 13th, 2005 -- MAD SCIENCE: FireGL X3 converted to run on as a Radeon X800 XT on a G4 Power Mac

March 28th, 2005 (Update) -- Maya Shootout (two more render tests found)

March 24th, 2005 -- TUNER TRANSFORMATION: G4 Cube into 'Killer Kube' (includes Mac mini comparison)
CPU Tests - iMovie, iTunes, Photoshop, FileMaker Pro
3D Graphics - Halo, UT2004, Quake3, Cinebench Flyby

March 16th, 2005 -- Doom 3 Test Results for Mid-Range Macs at 800x600 Medium, No Shadows

March 11th, 2005 -- PERFORMANCE TWEAKS: Doom 3 for the Mac at 1600x1200

March 3rd, 2005 - SPECIAL FEATURE: Nikon D70 Digital SLR Camera (by Bet-TAY)

February 28th, 2005 (Update) -- SHOOTOUT: Fastest G5 Macs versus Fast Windows PCs -- 2.6GHz Dual Opteron and Athlon FX55 added
CPU Crunch Tests - After Effects, Cinebench, Photoshop, Bryce, and Maya
3D Graphics Tests - Halo, Doom 3, UT2004, and Quake 3 Arena

February 24th, 2005 (Update) -- REVIEW: ATI Radeon X800 XT versus GeForce 6800 Ultra and others (Overclocked X800 XT numbers added)

February 16th, 2005 -- REVIEW: Stock and optional drives for the Mac mini compared (boot, launch, etc.)

February 4th, 2005 -- REVIEW: Mac mini versus its "siblings."
CPU intensive tests (iMovie, iTunes, etc.)
GRAPHICS intensive tests (Halo, UT2004, etc.)
DISK intensive tests (boot, launch, duplicate, etc.)

January 13th, 2005 (update) -- REVIEW: What's The Ultimate Boot Volume for G5 Power Macs?

January 7th, 2005 -- REVIEW: FirmTek 4 Channel SATA PCI-X Host Adapter - External Ports or Internal Ports, Take Your Pick

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