Reports on 10.1 Game Performance
10:30 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story
Accelerate Your Mac has posted an early test of OS X 10.1 vs. 10.0.4. This long-anticipated update to Apple's latest operating system is supposed to offer (in the words of Steve Jobs) "Speed, speed and more speed." Gaming performance is one area in particular which is expected to be improved, with a cited 20% increase in OpenGL rendering speed. Did Steve deliver on his promises?
The test covers a battery of performance hogs, though the tests that should be of particular interest to gamers are the Quake III tests with both the Radeon and GeForce 3.
All testing was done on a Dual G4/500 under both 10.0.4 (4Q12) and 10.1 (5G64). Here are the relevant specs for the G4/500:
- Dual G4s @500Mhz (rev 2.9 CPUs)
- Firmware version 4.1.8
(v4.1.9 was released on 9/25, available via OS 9's Software Updates)
- 512MB RAM (one CL2 OWC dimm)
- Retail Radeon AGP (tests also done in Q3 w/OEM GeForce3)
For the Q3 tests, version 1.29f-2 beta was used, with the bulk of the testing taking place in 640X480, as the tester's objective was to test base OS efficiency rather than graphics card efficiency. A custom config file dubbed "Oliver 240" was also used, both with sound off and sound on.
As for the results, 10.1 generally appears to improve performance, both with the Radeon and the GeForce 3. Even with High Quality settings at 1024x768, 10.1 boasted around a 7fps increase with both the GeForce 3 and the Radeon. The only case tested where 10.0.4 seemed to perform a little better was under the Oliver 240 config, sound off, with the GeForce 3. However, as with all testing, this should be taken with a grain of salt - the overall tests reveal 10.1 as performing significantly better than 10.0.4.
Accelerate Your Mac - 10.1 Performance Tests
For the full battery of results, be sure to check out the whole rundown at Accelerate Your Mac. The update to 10.1 should be available over the weekend at Macintosh dealers; be sure and report your own experiences with this OS update in our forum dedicated to OS X issues.
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