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BARE FEATS - real world Mac speed tests

CPU, FPU,and Rendering Speed

How about an "old" Power Mac 7500 G3/400 Carrier ZIF vs Beige G3/400 vs Blue & White G3/400?... And ALL three with Orion RAGE 128 and Voodoo2 boards?
Created 7/2/99, Updated 7/3/99.

Does Size Really Matter?
Is 1MB of backside cache that much faster than 512K in real world situations? What about cache ratio? Should I leave motherboard cache installed?

Which is faster doing Photoshop filters, dual 604e's or a single G3?

How does an 8100 Tower with a 266MHz G3 upgrade compare to a G3/266 Desktop? Reader comments included on the issue of "Is it cost effective to upgrade?"

Should I "pump up" my 6100 or save for an iMac?
Come see how a 6100 with the Crescendo 604e and G3 PDS board stacks up in price and performance with an iMac.

2D Graphics Speed

Should I sell my old accelerator board and get an Orion RAGE 128?
I compared it to the iX3D Ultimate Rez, Xclaim RAGE Pro, and Game Wizard 3Dfx boards all running on a mild mannered Power Mac 7500 with a 292MHz G3 upgrade.

Who is the 2D King of the World?
See how the RAGE 128 stands up against the Vision 3D and other popular graphics accelerators doing 2D tasks.

Video Capture Frame Rates
Compares the internal video capture capabilities of a PowerMac 7500 with those of the ATi Xclaim VR board and the IXmicro TurboTV.

3D and Game Speed

Quake 1 Frame Rate Results from various G3 Macs
Includes iMacs and G3 desktops with Voodoo2 and RAGE 128 boards.

Unreal 3D Frame Rate Compilation from various G3 Macs
Includes iMac Voodoo and G3/500 Orion RAGE 128. Unreal may become the ultimate "real world" test since it exercises every subsystem of the Mac!!

Should I sell my old accelerator board and get an Orion RAGE 128?
I compared it to the iX3D Ultimate Rez, Xclaim RAGE Pro, and Game Wizard 3Dfx boards all running on a mild mannered Power Mac 7500 with a 292MHz G3 upgrade.

Who is the 3D King of the World?
All the popular boards are tested including the new Orion RAGE 128.

iMac with Voodoo2--"Game Over, Man!"
Unreal and Quake results before and after the MicroConversions Game Wizard was installed.

CPU & RENDER SPEED

2D GRAPHICS SPEED

3D & GAME SPEED

DISK DRIVE SPEED

NET & MODEM SPEED

PRINTING SPEED

SOFTWARE SPEED

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Recent SPEED TEST RESULTS from Bare Feats

LINKS to SPEED tests on other web sites

HOT SPEED DEALS

DOWNLOADS that add more SPEED

SPEED UPGRADE guide

Rob Art Morgan
Publisher &
Chief Test Pilot
rob-art@barefeats.com

STORAGE Speed

Which is faster, a USB iMation SuperDrive or a USB Zip?
And is a SCSI Zip faster than a USB Zip?

My Fireball is too small! I need a "Bargain Barracuda"!!!
My 1 gigabyte Fireball is too slow, too full and too fragmented. How much speed increase if I get one of those 4 gig Fast Narrow "Bargain Barracudas"? And what speed gain do I get spending a little more for an Ultra Wide drive?

SCSI versus IDE
This graph is an attempt to shed light on the SCSI versus IDE debate.

Network & Modem Speed

Ethernet Shootout - Round Two
How much faster is 100BaseT than 10BaseT? Which is the fastest protocol: NetDoubler, Speed Doubler 8, AppleShare IP, Timbuktu Express, or plain Finder Copy?

Cable Modem versus 56K Modem
Hypothesis: When accessing remote sites, a cable modem is no faster than a 56K modem. Conclusion: (come and see)

Web Surfing Accelerator
Faster than a speeding graphics accelerator! More powerful than a daughterboard upgrade! You gotta see this!

Software Speed

How To Speed Up Web Page Caching In Netscape Communicator
Observing how long it takes to jump between two graphics intensive sites, Bare Feats tries several tricks for speeding it up. The best trick may surprise you.

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