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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...
10-16-2009, 11:16 AM #1
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.
Last edited by Paul Daniel Ash; 10-16-2009 at 11:18 AM. Reason: comma
10-16-2009, 11:19 AM #2
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10-16-2009, 11:22 AM #3
It just depends what you like doing on the computer if playing games and reall good Resolution HD games then a PC will do for quality but its just everyone opinion
10-16-2009, 11:28 AM #4
Get a PS3 for gaming.PS3 ID : glassJAw624 : add it
10-16-2009, 11:31 AM #5
So the only area tested where there was a huge difference was the one that could not be tested without some sort of bias? Great. That, coupled with the two other areas which can be fine-tuned and tweaked to the extreme by Apple and should therefore be thrown out, leaves only the iTunes encoding as any sort of accurate comparison, which is somewhat impressive I suppose if you do a hell of a lot of CD ripping, even though I thought the whole point of the iTunes store was to eliminate the need for physical copies of your music.
Also: "However, the tester noted that the Mac is "the only platform, for now, that can run both Windows and OS X."" That statement by the tester is entirely false, almost anybody with an Intel Core2Duo processor can run Mac OS X on their machine, and it's also beginning to reach out to AMD users as well as developers create more fixes to make OS X more compatible with every computer. Though some hardware configurations will be a heck of a lot more compatible with OS X and be far easier to set up, the Hackintosh community is working constantly to make OS X work flawlessly on any x86-based computer.
10-16-2009, 11:33 AM #6
10-16-2009, 11:34 AM #7
I will run both Snow Leopard and Win 7 on my Macbook. Even though I used Snow Leopard 95% of the time. I like to have Windows just in case.
10-16-2009, 11:39 AM #8
the MAC vs PC war is pointless. Both have their ups and downs. If you want something that runs fast and smooth with minimal problems that will get everything done you need done, get a mac. If you need customization, upgradability, and software selections, get a PC. Both come at a price, you get a mac and you dont have as wide of a software selection to choose from as you do PC, and you lack a little bit of customization to your system. You get a PC and you have to deal with more virus's and attacks to your system, as well as losing out on some of the ease and smoothness of the computer.
Gaming is great on both, some (like myself) prefer gaming on a PC rather then a PS3 or 360, but all 4 have games exclusive to them so its user preference.
I think mac is a great system, but its just not built anymore for gaming(it is, but not as well as PC's, mostly because PC's are 1000 times more customizable then macs, so they have more of an opportunity to excel in this field), but definantly out-performs PC's when it comes to anything that has to do with media content and creation.
10-16-2009, 11:41 AM #9
If you want awesome gaming performance, get Windows 7.
If you want beautiful gaming graphics, get Snow Leopard.
Don't know? Get yourself a game system.
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10-16-2009, 12:11 PM #10
10-16-2009, 12:23 PM #11
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
10-16-2009, 12:25 PM #12
10-16-2009, 12:25 PM #13
The reviewer still assumes Macs are more expensive. Matched spec machines, Macs are not more expensive, AND they hold their value better. I know, I've owned and sold several and I'm always surprised at how much I get! Also, unlike most people my primary work app, QLab, is Mac only! How weird is that! That said, I do have a PC at home with Win7 (& a Mac Pro with Snow Leopard), at it's pretty damn nice, a huge improvement over Vista. Still spend 95% of my time on the Mac.
10-16-2009, 12:46 PM #14
A) My laptop has the capabilities of a MacBook Pro and costs 1/2 the price so I can deal with a 6 second longer shutdown.
B) Who the hell uses a Mac for gaming?
10-16-2009, 12:57 PM #15
10-16-2009, 01:25 PM #16
I already run both on my MBP...I use windows for programs that aren't available on the mac.
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10-16-2009, 01:58 PM #20
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