I was watching the TV and a commercial for the new Mac G5 came on, and made the claim of being "The fastest personal computer ever." So I made the jaunt over to apple's website and i found a few things, one: "when tested using industry standard SPEC CPU 2000 benchmarks â€” SPECfp_base2000 and SPECint_base2000 measure the speed of a single task " what about multi-tasking? It goes on to say that it more effectively tests a multi processor system. Most apps currently can't address a multi processor system all that well (just look at HT in P4s!).
Also while comparing the intel, the xeon and the g5, they conveniently dont mention the g5 is a 64 bit processor, so why didnt they compare it to an athlon 64? Also look a the last test in the little bar graph window, it shows both computers trouncing the G5.
Read the appendix with the forton specs, more specifically the Xeon, G5 and P4 stats.
1.) the P4 and Xeon have 2gb of ram while the G5 only has 1.5, not a very even test.
2.) Read the CPU order, for the G5 it says 1 To 2, the P4 and Xeon just say 1! The Xeon is supposed to be a dual Xeon system! And did they enable HT for the p4? As stated above the tests were supposed to show the speed of a dual processor system!
3.) The Xeon and P4's were tested under Red Hat 9.0 Professional. I could have sworn that XP was better at addressing 2 processors. If the MacOS is optimized for the G5 shouldnt the P4's and Xeon's be too?
4.) The G5's hard drive is on Serial ATA while the P4 and Xeon's are on IDE!
5.) They also plainly say that they DISABLE HT and Dual processors for certian tests!