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Monday, January 30, 2006

Who's Right?

Well we have all seen and read about Macworld review (first look) at the iMac cure duo's. But Mac Speed Zone has a couple of questions about MacWorlds tests.
"In the first test, where there was just one file being encoded, the Intel iMac, on average, was using 87% of its processing capacity ... 13% was sitting around with nothing to do

On the other hand the Quad G5 Power Mac was using less than half its capacity, 42%. A full 58% was waiting for its dance card to be filled.

When we ran the two QuickTime encodes at the same time, processor usage moved to 87% for the Power Mac, and 100% for the Intel iMac. In other words the iMac was maxed out, and the Power Mac had 13% capacity left before it would really start to sweat.

This is where the Macworld "First Lab Tests" article falls a little flat ... obscuring the processor capacity vs processor usage problem inherent with mutiprocessor machines (or multi-core ... same difference). Using Macworld's logic we could argue, given the data above, the Quad G5 Power Mac is only 14% faster when running some of Apple's own applications. We think that this is misleading, as we pointed out."

The differance between a 1.8% faster and 194% in certain tests
"Below you will find our results of a comparison between an iMac G5/1.8GHz and the iMac Intel Core Duo 2.0GHz. Times are in seconds (except where noted), and the processor usage of each machine, for each test, is also given. Scores in dark orange are from applications that run natively on both Intel Macs and G5 Macs. The processor clock-speed difference between these two machines is 11%. The processor capacity difference is 122%."

All you World of Warcaft fan can read a article by New York times Seth Schiesel about Blizzards upcoming level called Naxxramas. Before the release of the expansion pack.
"Q. What can you tell me about Naxxramas?

A. Naxxramas is going to be the most difficult thing in the game until the expansion pack comes out. It will be the pinnacle, and it's absolutely massive. You'll see this big necropolis floating above Eastern Plaguelands. It's a 40-man raid zone, and it's bigger than the Undercity [one of the main cities in the game]. Things could change, but we're up to something like 18 bosses in there, and they are really cool, too. But it's going to be hard. Really hard. We're hoping to release it in the spring."

More Sports On iTunes!
There isnew programming from ESPN and ABC Sports. The new additions featured include Best of the X Games, featuring highlights from Winter X Games 9 in Aspen, Sports Century Shorts, featuring short clips about Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, Jeff Gordon and Dan Marino, some of the commercials from ESPN’s “This Is SportsCenter” campaign, and five episodes of Street Ball. This also gives a new home for the four BCS bowl game highlight videos that were added earlier this month.

I won't be online to post any updates for atleast 4-5 days, I'm moving (new home). So next monday I should be back with all your Mac news to give, with a little attitude!! See You Soon!!! Dont forget to Vote for my blog!! look to right top of the page and click that button!!


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