As for "Tech-Report," it's hard to take him seriously when he doesn't even realize that the "Velocity Engine" isn't some toy word Apple made up to make the Power Mac sound cooler; it's a specific part of the G4 chip's design that allows it to process data in 128-bit chunks, which is 2 to 4 times faster than other chips. And yeah, that actually speeds stuff up, believe it or not.
And while I'm not sure what benchmarks Apple used in the keynote today to plug their new machines, the best G4s do beat the best PCs in Intel's own testing benchmarks. Even Adobe says the G4s run Photoshop much faster than any other chip. And that is the sort of thing that Apple's core market is looking for.
Of course, after a certain point the whole speed argument is a bit specious anyway; PCs and Macs are different machines that don't run the same software. If you're just gonna do basic word processing and web surfing, sure, blowing the $ for a high-end G4 is unnecessary. (But then, the new base-level iMac is only $800, heh.) If you're a hardcore graphics designer, these things are preferable in most cases.posted by aaron at 6:57 PM on July 19, 2000
You're not; it's for OS X.
I'll take your word for it WRT the ATI chip, but if the Photoshop-type programs still perform better even with it, what's the diff?posted by aaron at 7:50 PM on July 19, 2000
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