We are going to give you a preliminary look
at the performance of the G4/700 eMac. Below we compare it
to the flat panel G4/700 iMac. The main difference between
these two machines is their design, and the fact that the
eMac has a 17 inch CRT screen, and the iMac a 15 inch flat
panel one. From a performance standpoint they are nearly identical.
They have the same processor with the same amount of L2 Cache,
and both lack a L3 'backside' Cache. The System Bus on each
machine is the same; they have the same size and type of hard
drive; the CD type drive in each is identical; and they both
have the same graphics card. So when you pit them against
each other in speed trials who wins?
Well you won't be surprised to find out that
it is pretty much a wash .... as expected. If you average
all the scores below, the eMac comes out 2.5% faster over-all
.... but this is within the margin of error. So you won't
lose any performance points for opting for the cheaper eMac,
and might gain a little ... ever so slightly.
Impressions of the eMac.
The machine is stylish in its own way, but not
nearly so as the Flat Panel iMac. The front is a little plain
and boxy for my taste. Apple had a lot of real estate to play
with there, and they opted for simple, austere and practical.
Nothing wrong with that, but I think that it is the type of
design that grows on you over time, rather than jumps into
your arms and saying "take me home, baby." The screen
is large, and the eMac has a strong sturdy feel to it.
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This machine is well designed for the academic
setting, and should be perfectly adequate, in the performance
department, for all except those with exceptionally heavy
processing demands. Apple has extended its 'White' motif to
the eMac. The machine's casing is snow white. So is the keyboard
and mouse ... just like the Flat Panel iMac. I know this is
probably not true of Steve Job's own kids, but the one thing
that most children have in abundance is ..... grubby fingers.
Especially after a romp in the playground. Once they arrive
at schools those shiny white eMacs aren't going to stay that
way for long. I saw a Flat Panel iMac keyboard at a local
computer store that looked as though a car mechanic had been
using it in his shop ... just an indication of how heavy pawing
can turn fresh snow to roadside slush. But hey I guess that's
what custodial staff is for ...
The eMac has a big fan to blow away the heat
from the logic board and, more importantly, from the big 17
inch monitor. As a consequence it is somewhat noisy in operation.
The eMacs are about as loud as the Tower machines. So if computer
fan noise is an issue for you, check out the Flat Panel machines
which are much quieter, or the Classic iMacs, which have no
fan, and are almost silent when they are turned on.
The internal speakers on the eMac sound great.
I popped in the game Giants,
and the sound track really came alive. The sound system revealed
audio details that I had not been able to pick up when running
the game on other machines ... what a pleasant surprise.
Finally, if you don't have body building equipment,
you can definitely use the eMac as a substitute. The machine
weighs in at around 50 pounds ... the Flat Panel iMac you
can carry in one hand. Unlike the previous Classic iMacs the
eMac does not have handy a carrying handle.
This is another great machine from Apple, though
perhaps a little more understated than most, in both design
Notes on the performance numbers below:
We are presenting you with the raw data this
time around. This is not ideal, but we have limited time at
the moment as we are focusing most of our time on site redesigns.
We hope to bring you graphs and further performance comparisons
of the this machine, as well as others, when time allows.
In the meantime, the numbers below are in seconds, and lower
numbers means better performance. The exception is the Giants
game results , which are in Frames Per Second. Here higher
numbers are better.
Difference and similarities in processor, and
memory & graphics systems of each machine
**Testing machines had the following memory configurations:
eMac 384 MB ... iMac 768 MB
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