As promised in our “Attack of the Clones” magazine feature, here are Macworld Lab’s test results of the two clones compared to two real Mac systems.
Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.2 with 2GB of RAM, unless otherwise indicated. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6-minute, 26-second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes – 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film effect from the Video FX menu to a one-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We ran the net timed demo in Quake 4 at 1024×769 with high quality settings and multiprocessing enabled. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We duplicated a 1GB file in the Finder. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from the resulting 2GB folder and then expanded that archive.
Mac Clones Tested
| ||Speedmark 5 ||Photoshop CS3 ||Cinema 4D XL 10.5 ||Comp. ||iMovie HD ||iTunes 7.5 ||Quake 4 ||Finder ||Finder |
| ||SCORE ||SUITE ||RENDER ||MPEG ENCODE ||AGED EFFECT ||MP3 ENCODE ||FRAME RATE ||DUPLICATE FILE ||ZIP ARCHIVE |
|Psystar Open Computer 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo ||213 ||0:57 ||1:00 ||2:11 ||0:51 ||1:03 ||61.7 ||0:27 ||4:38 |
|FrankenMac 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Quad ||222 ||0:56 ||0:32 ||1:17 ||0:38 ||0:54 ||73.1 ||1:03 ||4:43 |
| Mac mini Core 2 Duo/2GHz ||167 ||1:26 ||1:07 ||2:22 ||0:58 ||1:09 ||5.6 ||0:57 ||5:29 |
| 20-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz (April 2008) ||230 ||0:59 ||0:54 ||1:45 ||0:47 ||1:02 ||30.9 ||0:31 ||4:26 |
| ||>Better ||<Better ||<Better ||<Better ||<Better ||<Better ||>Better ||<Better ||<Better |
Best results in Bold, reference systems in italic.