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Below you will find performance results for most of the currently shipping machines. This will, hopefully, give you an feel for the relative performances. We will be adding new machines on an on-going basis ... so check back once in a while.

Don't see performance information on the Mac you are interested in? Send a request for a performance comparison between any two Macs.


"Real World" Tests

For timed scores, lower numbers are better. For the CineBench & Game scores higher numbers are better. Of course the higher the percentage, the better the performance.

IMPORTANT: Scores marked with a indicate that we had to adjust an old score to make it compatible with a new testing methodology. While we have tried to be as accurate as possible in this adjustment, unforeseen errors may occur. We just want you to be a little more cautious of these scores than other scores on this page.

 

Processor Performance
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Application Performance
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Don't see performance information on the Mac you are interested in? Send a request for a custom performance comparison between any two Macs (example)



Processor

Machine
Power Mac
Score Percentage
of Base
Base Machine - Power Mac G4/1 GHz Dual Processor - M8667LL//A 96 100%

July 2005 iBooks

iBook 12" G4/1.33GHz - M9846LL/A 121 126%
iBook 14" G4/1.42GHz - M9848LL/A 130 135%

October 2004 iBooks

iBook 12" G4/1.2GHz - M9623LL/A 108 112%
iBook 14" G4/1.33GHz (Combo) - M9627LL/A 120 125%
iBook 14" G4/1.33GHz (Super) - M9628LL/A 118 123%
January 2005 PowerBooks
PowerBooks 12" G4/1.5GHz (Combo) - M9690LL/A 135 141%
PowerBooks 12" G4/1.5GHz (Super) - M9691LL/A 136 142%
PowerBooks 15" G4/1.5GHz - M9676LL/A 136 142%
PowerBooks 15" G4/1.67GHz - M9677LL/A 147 153%
PowerBooks 17" G4/1.67GHz - M9689LL/A 149 155%

CineBench 2003 consists of a series of tests. This one, tests basic single CPU processing performance. . You can download the CineBench program to run on your own machine and compare scores. We used the version of CineBench that is not optimized for the G5 for this test. The scores above are actual scores ... not timed tests. Higher numbers are better

Processor MultiTasking
Machine
Power Mac
Score
in Seconds
Percentage
of Base
Base Machine - Power Mac G4/1 GHz Dual Processor - M8667LL//A 178.54 100%

July 2005 iBooks

iBook 12" G4/1.33GHz - M9846LL/A 301.66 59%
iBook 14" G4/1.42GHz - M9848LL/A NA NA

October 2004 iBooks

iBook 12" G4/1.2GHz - M9623LL/A 374.42

48%

iBook 14" G4/1.33GHz (Combo) - M9627LL/A 331.54 54%
iBook 14" G4/1.33GHz (Super) - M9628LL/A 332.53 54%
January 2005 PowerBooks
PowerBooks 12" G4/1.5GHz (Combo) - M9690LL/A 287.07 62%
PowerBooks 12" G4/1.5GHz (Super) - M9691LL/A 293.99 61%
PowerBooks 15" G4/1.5GHz - M9676LL/A 291.25 61%
PowerBooks 15" G4/1.67GHz - M9677LL/A 266.33 67%
PowerBooks 17" G4/1.67GHz - M9689LL/A 273.93 65%

The iTunes Encode, Photoshop Render and Word Macro tests are all run at the same time.

Graphics Card
Machine
Power Mac
Score Percentage
of Base
Base Machine - Power Mac G4/1 GHz Dual Processor - M8667LL//A 168 100%

July 2005 iBooks

iBook 12" G4/1.33GHz - M9846LL/A 601 358%
iBook 14" G4/1.42GHz - M9848LL/A 616 367%

October 2004 iBooks

iBook 12" G4/1.2GHz - M9623LL/A 305 182%
iBook 14" G4/1.33GHz (Combo) - M9627LL/A 326 194%
iBook 14" G4/1.33GHz (Super) - M9628LL/A 323 192%
January 2005 PowerBooks
PowerBooks 12" G4/1.5GHz (Combo) - M9690LL/A 512 305%
PowerBooks 12" G4/1.5GHz (Super) - M9691LL/A 510 304%
PowerBooks 15" G4/1.5GHz - M9676LL/A 791 471%
PowerBooks 15" G4/1.67GHz - M9677LL/A 834 496%
PowerBooks 17" G4/1.67GHz - M9689LL/A 794 473%

This part of the CineBench program relies on the graphics card for graphics rendering. Download the program and run your own test.

Graphics Card Gaming
Machine
Power Mac
Score
in FPS
Percentage
of Base
Base Machine - Power Mac G4/1 GHz Dual Processor - M8667LL//A 17 100%

July 2005 iBooks

iBook 12" G4/1.33GHz - M9846LL/A 20 118%
iBook 14" G4/1.42GHz - M9848LL/A 20 118%

October 2004 iBooks

iBook 12" G4/1.2GHz - M9623LL/A 12.5 74%
iBook 14" G4/1.33GHz (Combo) - M9627LL/A 12.3

72%

iBook 14" G4/1.33GHz (Super) - M9628LL/A 12.3 72%
January 2005 PowerBooks
PowerBooks 12" G4/1.5GHz (Combo) - M9690LL/A 14.9 88%
PowerBooks 12" G4/1.5GHz (Super) - M9691LL/A 14.7 86%
PowerBooks 15" G4/1.5GHz - M9676LL/A 27.5 162%
PowerBooks 15" G4/1.67GHz - M9677LL/A 27.5 162%
PowerBooks 17" G4/1.67GHz - M9689LL/A 33 194%

4x4 EVO2 is a demanding racing game. It appears that this game is much more graphics card dependent than processor dependent. The scores above are actual scores (frames per second) ... not timed tests. Higher numbers are better

Graphics - Interface

Machine
Power Mac
Score
in Seconds
Percentage
of Base
Base Machine - Power Mac G4/1 GHz Dual Processor - M8667LL//A 12.37 100%

July 2005 iBooks

iBook 12" G4/1.33GHz - M9846LL/A 14.24 87%
iBook 14" G4/1.42GHz - M9848LL/A 12.96 95%

October 2004 iBooks

iBook 12" G4/1.2GHz - M9623LL/A 26.36 47%
iBook 14" G4/1.33GHz (Combo) - M9627LL/A 24.98 50%
iBook 14" G4/1.33GHz (Super) - M9628LL/A 25.20 49%
January 2005 PowerBooks
PowerBooks 12" G4/1.5GHz (Combo) - M9690LL/A 12.33 100%
PowerBooks 12" G4/1.5GHz (Super) - M9691LL/A 12.23 100%
PowerBooks 15" G4/1.5GHz - M9676LL/A NA NA%
PowerBooks 15" G4/1.67GHz - M9677LL/A NA NA%
PowerBooks 17" G4/1.67GHz - M9689LL/A NA NA%

Let 1K Windows Bloom is a simple carbon application that opens and closes 1,000 windows. This gauges how fast screen redraws are taking place. You can download the small program to run on your machine and compare your scores, to the ones here.

Hard Drive Performance - Multi-File

Machine
Power Mac
Score
in Seconds
Percentage
of Base
Base Machine - Power Mac G4/1 GHz Dual Processor - M8667LL//A 166.86 100%

July 2005 iBooks

iBook 12" G4/1.33GHz - M9846LL/A 322.26 52%
iBook 14" G4/1.42GHz - M9848LL/A 362.39 37%

October 2004 iBooks

iBook 12" G4/1.2GHz - M9623LL/A 186.20 90%
iBook 14" G4/1.33GHz (Combo) - M9627LL/A 165.36 101%
iBook 14" G4/1.33GHz (Super) - M9628LL/A 168.31 99%
January 2005 PowerBooks
PowerBooks 12" G4/1.5GHz (Combo) - M9690LL/A 137.99 121%
PowerBooks 12" G4/1.5GHz (Super) - M9691LL/A 137.38 121%
PowerBooks 15" G4/1.5GHz - M9676LL/A 146.22 114%
PowerBooks 15" G4/1.67GHz - M9677LL/A 146.69 114%
PowerBooks 17" G4/1.67GHz - M9689LL/A 122.54 136%

The copy folder test not only stresses drive performance but also takes advantage of faster processing capability & caching schemes.

Hard Drive Performance Single File
Machine
Power Mac
Score
in Seconds
Percentage
of Base
Base Machine - Power Mac G4/1 GHz Dual Processor - M8667LL//A 116.04 100%

July 2005 iBooks

iBook 12" G4/1.33GHz - M9846LL/A 147.27 79%
iBook 14" G4/1.42GHz - M9848LL/A 156.84 74%

October 2004 iBooks

iBook 12" G4/1.2GHz - M9623LL/A 170.55 68%
iBook 14" G4/1.33GHz (Combo) - M9627LL/A 169.64 68%
iBook 14" G4/1.33GHz (Super) - M9628LL/A 171.45 68%
January 2005 PowerBooks
PowerBooks 12" G4/1.5GHz (Combo) - M9690LL/A 107.08 108%
PowerBooks 12" G4/1.5GHz (Super) - M9691LL/A 101.62 114%
PowerBooks 15" G4/1.5GHz - M9676LL/A 131.79 88%
PowerBooks 15" G4/1.67GHz - M9677LL/A 131.23 88%
PowerBooks 17" G4/1.67GHz - M9689LL/A 92.33 126%

In the single file test the the processor & caching capability of the machine is less of a factor.


Don't see performance information on the Mac you are interested in? Send a request for a performance comparison between any two Macs.

Disclaimer performance benchmarks are only a guide to relative performance, and to a certain extent limited. The only performance benchmark that will have full meaning for you, will be the one you run, on your new machine, using your applications and employing your work flow. Given this, while we believe that the information we will provide you will give a general guide to relative performance, and we will endeavor to make sure that it is as accurate as possible, we offer no implied or actual guarantee that this is so. People who need mission critical data, should be doing performance testing in-house.

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