Once it became clear that you could run Windows XP on an Intel Mac, I decided that it was time to order a MacBook Pro and simplify my travels by just carrying a single laptop. I had been holding off on an Intel Mac until some key applications had been ported over to run natively on an Intel Mac (primarily Office and Photoshop). The decision to hold off became void once I could consider an Intel Mac as a valid Windows laptop (for business purposes). Even though Mac Office and Photoshop CS 2 won't be ported to an Intel Mac for a long while, I ordered my MacBook Pro just before leaving for Las Vegas.
My MacBook Pro arrived while I was in Vegas! It is sitting right here on a nice black box waiting to be unleashed.
I want to put Apple to the test and see if it lives up to their 4x faster claim.
I got a model with 15" display, 2.16 GHz Core-Duo, 2GB RAM, 100GB 7,500 rpm HD. The machine should be a screamer, certainly the best Apple has to offer right now.
I also have a Sony VGN-SZ 140 Windows laptop with nearly identical specs - 2.16 GHz Core-Duo, 2GB RAM, 100GB HD. It will be cool to compare performance between these 2 system.
I plan on running some performance comparisons, doing RAW photo conversions using Bibble 4.7 on about 25 RAW files. I will run Bibble 4.7 on all test system and will compare the total time to complete the 25 file conversions.
My test system will consist of:
- Power Book G4 w/ 2GB RAM, 1.67 GHz PowerPC G4, 100GB HD
- iMac G5 w/ 2GB RAM, 2GHz G5, 300 GB HD
- MacBook Pro OS X w/ 2.16GHz Core Duo, 2GB RAM, 100GB HD
- MacBook Pro Windows XP SP2.
- Sony VGN-SZ 2.16GHz Core-Duo, 2GB RAM, 100GB HD
Can't wait to see the results! Time to open the box and unleash the beast!