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  • Snow Leopard Beats Win 7 in Speed, But Not Gaming

    image via Dong Ngo/CNET

    A CNET test has shown that Mac OS 10.6 outperforms the Windows 7 RTM build in general performance, though Snow Leopard fell short in 3D image rendering. However, the tester noted that the Mac is "the only platform, for now, that can run both Windows and OS X."

    Snow Leopard needed 36.4 seconds to boot up the MacBook Pro used by CNET's Dong Ngo, while Windows 7 booted in 42.7 seconds. Shutting down the Mac OS took 6.6 seconds as compared to 12.6 seconds for Windows. Battery life was 78 minutes under Windows 7 using a high-demand test, while Snow Leopard stayed alive for 111 minutes under the same conditions.

    The test also measured how long it took QuickTime to convert a movie file from the MP4 format into the iPod format while at the same time having iTunes converting songs in the background. The difference between operating systems was stark: the task was done in 444.3 seconds on Snow Leopard versus 723 seconds for Windows. However, there's some wiggle in this benchmark, as QuickTime X was only available for Mac OS. It's not clear how much of the time difference is due to differences between the new version and QuickTime 7.

    Windows was clearly on top in making use of the Nvidia 512MB GeForce 9600M GT card on Ngo's MacBook Pro. The test found that Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare rendered 26.3 frames per second under Windows 7, compared with just 21.3 frames per second under Snow Leopard.

    Overall, Apple doesn't fare as well as one might have imagined on its "home turf." Especially for high-performance 3D graphics, Windows 7 shows impressive results while Apple's advantage seems limited to areas it can control, such as startup and shutdown, as well as native applications.

    Ngo's own conclusion?

    If you can get by with just software designed by Apple and... if money is not an issue--and it definitely is for most of us--you should get a Mac.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Snow Leopard Beats Win 7 in Speed, But Not Gaming started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 62 Comments
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      HAHAHAHHA..until it deletes your user profile, or until you go to restore something from Time Machine and uh oh...its gone.

      Quote Originally Posted by petterloco1 View Post
      I love windows 7 I think pc has a lot to offer but on the other hand mac is more reliable. It's all user choice
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      how about get a mac, then you can also run windows using vmware, and have the best of both worlds.
    1. PlatoTheForms's Avatar
      PlatoTheForms -
      CNET suck at testing, don't you remember the iphone vs pre test they did?

      YouTube - Speed Test: Apple iPhone 3G S vs iPhone 3G vs Plam Pre

      but when it comes to lp vs w7 they dont suck? lol wow
    1. Madblaster6's Avatar
      Madblaster6 -
      Yeah Obviously there is going to be a time different. It's because Apple secludes their Operating systems to specific hardware. Where a Windows has to work on all different types of computers. I know some people who edited the windows OS to run specifically for their computer and the speeds where extremely faster. I personally Like having choice of how much I want to spend on my computer. And have a computer run faster if I spend as much as I would on a mac. Alien-ware.
    1. mgamber's Avatar
      mgamber -
      I wouldn't say either Mac or PC is more stable or more useful. The only real decision is who's ego do you want to stroke, Steve Jobs or Steve Balmer? Mac does have an edge when it comes to customer service. If your PC breaks, where do you take it? Can you get a loaner while it's being repaired? How far over do you have to bend to get your PC back? Apple is pretty reasonable about these things. Some PC sellers are, also, but you have to really pay attention to where you buy. These tests are, I'm sure, as meaningless and as biased as they've always been over the past 20 years.
    1. panzival's Avatar
      panzival -
      What did anyone expect? iTunes on windows ******* blows. Slow as molasses.
    1. badass1469's Avatar
      badass1469 -
      you can't compare apples with oranges, mac has this crap with their battery(which annoys the hell outta me) that it cannot be taken out or replaced without paying a sh1t load, which in turn allows more space for a bigger batter which means more battery life. A PC laptop has this great feature, called replaceable battery. if your battery is no longer any good(standard lasts about 5-7 years) toss it out and buy a new one for about 80 bucks. or you can go with mac and buy a new computer every time your battery goes to the crapper. sure mac is great but so is PC its all about opinion, cuz i could care less if my computer takes 2 more seconds to turn off, or 8 more seconds to start up...
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      I have OS X, XP, and Vista installed on my Mac. I use Mac OS X for everything except video editing and gaming: I use Sony Vegas Pro 8 in XP, and I plan to install games onto Vista in the future.
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by badass1469 View Post
      you can't compare apples with oranges, mac has this crap with their battery(which annoys the hell outta me) that it cannot be taken out or replaced without paying a sh1t load, which in turn allows more space for a bigger batter which means more battery life. A PC laptop has this great feature, called replaceable battery. if your battery is no longer any good(standard lasts about 5-7 years) toss it out and buy a new one for about 80 bucks. or you can go with mac and buy a new computer every time your battery goes to the crapper. sure mac is great but so is PC its all about opinion, cuz i could care less if my computer takes 2 more seconds to turn off, or 8 more seconds to start up...
      You use a laptop from 2002? I'm guessing it still has these on it then:




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      And what is it with some of you and Alienware?
    1. ultimatexpka's Avatar
      ultimatexpka -
      Quote Originally Posted by A.T View Post
      Add me on PS3 guys, I'm Awayze
      Lol back on topic, the mac should be better for gaming as mine has nvidia 9400 and 9600GT in it.
      No macs are terrible in gaming. a 9400? dam dude thats already 3 generations old, try the 4870x2 or the latest nvidia card and then tell me that macs are good for gaming
    1. gotem3303's Avatar
      gotem3303 -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      That's awesome, Mac's rock! Don't get me wrong Windows is cool when I need it, I'll use XP with Parallels when I can't run a program on OS X and its fine, but I definitely use Leopard 98% of the time. I just have too many friends and neighbors that are using Windows 7 or XP and have so many problems with it, I think its just too much...awesome for gaming though.
      I dont know what all these people do that have so many problems with windows 7 and xp. Ive been using only windows my entire life and I can tell you the only blue screen Ive ever gotten was like windows 95. Everything else runs perfect and Ive never had problems. Am I just lucky? I think people just say windows has problems so they look cool bashing windows cause its the "cool" thing to do. If you say you like windows your not cool it seems.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Lol, I don't even play games on Mac or PC, got a PS3 for gaming
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      @gotem3303

      I can see how ppl would do that just to bash Windows, I think that's really lame, both OS's have strong points and weak points so it really just comes down to personal preference. I do use XP with Parallels when there's an app I need to run that isn't compatible with Leopard. Both are good, I just prefer Mac over PC.
    1. xxdobermanxx's Avatar
      xxdobermanxx -
      Surprise..another OS/Apple touting post by pauldanielash<!-- google_ad_section_end --><!-- google_ad_section_end -->
    1. eortizr's Avatar
      eortizr -
      you will always get better game graphics and resolution on a PC, no Xbox or PS3 can beat that.
    1. riku98523's Avatar
      riku98523 -
      I don't understand wouldn't speed and performance depend on hardware as well as software? Basically what this test is saying is that the Mac computer which had SL designed specifically for the Hardware its running on beat Win7 on who knows what type of build (most likely a build that could have been improved and still have been cheaper to beat the macs times) Its like putting an xbox 360 game in a PS3 and seeing if it runs better on the 360 or the PS3 -_-. I also don't understand the argument "mac is the only system that can run both windows and OS X" Obviously considering the Mac OS is a closed OS that is designed to only run off highly overpriced hardware from Apple where as Windows is an Open OS and is allowed to run on any hardware you want.

      But last time I checked it wasn't very hard to get Mac OS X to run on a custom built PC anyway.

      I honestly don't understand what they are trying to say when they say only mac can run both OS X and Windows M$ doesn't make computers so its not like they can say OS X won't run on M$ computers because they don't even build them (It sounds like that is what they are trying to say but in reality they are saying OS X doesn't run on superior Hardware that was custom built by the consumer)
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      You probably get less than 1/4 the looks from any of the girls though


      END




      much love, boxxa
      He who buys a mac to get looked at by girls is a sad, pathetic loser. Can't you get looked at NOT based on the crap you buy?
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      He who buys a mac to get looked at by girls is a sad, pathetic loser. Can't you get looked at NOT based on the crap you buy?
      Forget it. If you who's seen me on this site for ages can't see that I was joking from all the other posts I made below it, it's hopeless.
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      Forget it. If you who's seen me on this site for ages can't see that I was joking from all the other posts I made below it, it's hopeless.
      easy guy...hes just wound a little too tight for humor....besides, shouldnt you be practicing ur c-walk
    1. kaaroFC's Avatar
      kaaroFC -
      I'm so getting a MBP and a gamer pc with win7 ^^