Looking for an excuse to make your boss buy you a faster Mac? Pfeiffer Consulting delivers. The company says that 733MHz Power Mac G4s offer
a significant increase in productivity for graphic designers and publishers. The company is an independent technology research institute and consulting group.
The report compares the performance of brand new Power Mac G4s and PowerBook G4s to 400MHZ Power Mac G3 desktop machines. The performance of design-intensive applications like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and QuarkXpress are put side-to-side, and it’ll be very little surprise to anyone in the business that the faster Macs came out ahead.
What does this mean for the bottom line? Pfeiffer Consulting’s assertion is that increased productivity means that it takes less time for equipment that’s being used in graphic design and publishing to pay for itself. In other words, you get a better bang for the buck than you used to.
If there’s news here, it’s not that the 733MHz Power Mac G4 and PowerBook G4 is that much more conducive to a productive work environment — we Mac fans already know that — it’s about how big the margin of difference between these machines and a model from a year and a half or two years ago.
Pfeiffer Consulting reports that the 733MHz Power Mac is up to 11 times faster than the standard configured 400MHz Power Mac G3 in certain Photoshop tests. The PowerBook G4 also demonstrated performance close to that of desktop systems, supporting the concept that PowerBook G4s can now be used as replacement for full-blown Power Macs.
More details — including links to the report itself — are available
from Apple’s Web site.