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Thursday, May 18, 2006
First MacBook Benchmarks
7:27 AM | Evan Holt | 18 comments

MacWorld has released benchmarks of the new 13-inch MacBooks unveiled by Apple on Tuesday. The MacBook outperformed the fastest iBook G4 in all but one of their tests and was comparable to a 1.67GHz G4 PowerBook in other areas.

Major considerations in the tests include the lack of dedicated video RAM and the fact that certain applications like PhotoShop aren't yet Intel-native. Here's more detail from the article:

Also worth noting is the MacBook’s graphics system. These new portables use integrated Intel graphics that share the main memory, as opposed to the ATI Mobility Radeon graphics with dedicated memory found in the MacBook Pro models. You can see the advantage of having dedicated graphics memory in our Unreal Tournament test. The MacBook Pro tallies 63 frames per second, compared to a little less than 18 for the MacBook. The 1.67GHz PowerBook G4 tallied a score of 21.4 frames per second in that test. So if you’re a serious gamer, the MacBook is probably not the right system for you. Nevertheless, its performance in other processor-intensive applications is impressive, especially compared to the laptops it replaces.
Follow the link below to MacWorld's article which also shows the break down of the numerous tests.

MacWorld: MacBook Benchmarks in Black and White
MacBook (13-inch)

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