Posted 9/18/03 by
Many of you asked
to see more tests comparing the latest PowerBooks
with recent models of Power Mac. Let's see how the
PowerBooks compare to desktops for
Unreal Tournament 2003 Botmatch graph shows a cpu
intensive gaming scenario. PowerBook G4s can't
compete with the mighty desktops.
Unreal Tournament 2003 Flyby makes the PowerBooks
look more equal to some of the Power Macs. It's a
bit misleading because of the variance in graphics
PowerBooks have the Mobility Radeon 9600. The
G5/1.6 and 1.8 come standard with the
slower GeForceFX 5200. Apple offers the
Radeon 9600 Pro and 9800 Pro as a BTO option in
the Power Mac G5 line. If the Power Macs had a
9600 Pro or better, they would beat the
PowerBooks on this test, too.
the clear advantage of the G4/1.42MP and
G5/2.0MP. They both had the Radeon 9800
Quake3 Arena "Fight," the Power Macs are clearly
stronger, especially the G4/1.42 with the 9800 Pro.
You should see frame rates in excess of 325 on a
9800 Pro equipped G5/2.0 MP. (Note: the G4/1.25MP
had a Radeon 9000. If you want to see what a Radeon
9800 does for it, check out the article
you are planning to use your computer for serious
3D gaming, I recommend a G5 with Radeon 9800 Pro
OEM or retail. In fact, because most games are NOT
multi-processor aware, you might consider ordering
the G5/1.8 with Radeon 9800 instead of the G5/2.0
MP with the Radeon 9600.
you are ordering a G5 direct from Apple, you can
specify the Radeon 9800 Pro as an option. It is
an 8X AGP card (128M) with DVI and ADC
you already own a G4 or G5 desktop and want to
goose your 3D gaming speed, especially at high
quality settings, then your best option is the
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Mac retail edition) 4X AGP
card with VGA, DVI, and S-Video ports. You can
purchase this card from Other
or direct from ATI.
you want to see more on how the 9800 Pro
compares to "lesser" cards, check out our
articles on the subject.
see "NORMAL" applications running on both
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