The high side of the low end meets the low end of the high side.
Apple's iMac SE 400 and iBook SE 366 versus the PowerBook Pismo 400
& G4/400 Sawtooth.
© 2000 Rob Art Morgan, editor
of BARE FEATS
CPU crunch tests...
How about 2D
Now some 3D Game
And hard drive
Apple has a nicely balanced
product line. From just a general performance view, the iMac is
the best buy. The only downside I see is if you want to tweak it
with upgrades. In that case, go for the G4 minitower.
- G4 "Sawtooth" -- As fast as expected
except the standard Caviar drive is wimpy. If you order online,
you'll pay dearly for the bigger, faster drives. I would order a
Maxtor 30 or 40 Gig 7200 rpm from a third party to replace or add
to the standard 10 Gig.
- PowerBook "Pismo" -- Impressive all
except the drive speed. But then, that's the way it goes with low
power consumption drives like the Toshiba.
- iMac DV Special Edition -- I love
the look of the machine. If they only made a G4
- iBook Special Edition -- I'm sorry.
This is a wimp. Take a bigger loan and buy the
- All four machines scream for more
RAM. Apple should be shipping all of them with 128MB. But I would
upgrade them to 256MB from third parties (Apple's price for RAM is
Configurations & Procedures
In all four cases, Virtual Memory was set to 128MB, clock display
and AppleTalk was turned off.
G4/400 with 64MB RAM and 10Gig WD Caviar
"Pismo" Powerbook G3/400
with 64MB RAM and 6 Gig Toshiba drive
iMac 400 SE
iMac G3/400 DV Special
Edition with 64MB RAM and 13 Gig Maxtor
IBook G3/366 Special
Edition with 64MB RAM and 6 Gig Toshiba
3D 4.0 rendering was used to
test a combination of CPU and FPU speed. I use a test file I
created that I call "Rock Island." Bryce is not AltiVec aware, so
the G4 had no unfair advantage on the other machines.
3.5.3 was used for the
Find/Replace test. I created a 120 page document containing the
sentence "The Quick Brown Fox Jumped Over The Lazy Dogs" repeated
over and over in paragraphs of 8 sentences each in 14 point Times
font. Then I used a stopwatch to time how long it took to replace
all occurrences of "dogs" with "cats."
- For the WordPerfect
3.5.3 scrolling test, I timed
how long it took to scroll from the beginning to the end of the
document while holding the mouse button down with cursor over the
scrolling arrow. (Font smoothing was turned off. If it's on, it
will take you as much as 50% longer to scroll through a
3 Arena (DEMO) was used for
the 3D Game test. Settings were "demo defaults" including 640 x
480 and 16 bit (to give the iBook a fighting chance). Once the
main screen appears, I press "~" and enter "timedemo 1" (return)
and "~" once more. Then I click on DEMOS and run Demo1. Once it
finishes and returns to the main screen, I press "~" once more to
get the frames per second readout.
- The ATTO disk benchmark was run
Tools 2.3 benchmark test with
8MB maximum file size and system disk cache disabled. Sustained
Rate is displayed in the charts. Peak rates can be impressive but
do not reflect typical drive performance.
Honolulu for the use of their
floor demonstrators. I especially appreciate the cooperation of
the Kimo Sutton and Mark Wilson, the Mac "Store Within A Store"
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