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OS X: G4/350 Benchmark Results Page

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Description of Macintosh Test System
This the configuration of my Mac and the general settings in effect in each of the environments I tested
Hardware Configuration
  • PowerMac G4/350 "Yikes" with 448mb RAM (64 + 128 + 256)
  • ATI Rage 128 graphics
  • 10gb Apple hard drive - two partitions, 5gb each
  • 40gb IBM 7200rpm IDE hard drive - one partition
  • Adaptec 2930 SCSI card; all external devices detached
  • Sony 400PS 19" multiscan running at 1600x1200xmillions in OS X and 1280x1024xmillions in OS 9.1
  • Full description (from www.apple-history.com)
System 9.1 Configuration
  • OS 9.04 + OS 9.1 internet download update
  • Full extension set loaded
  • Installed on IBM 40gb hard drive
OS X Public Beta Configuration
  • OS 9.04 with minimal extensions for Classic support
  • Web server process active
  • SSH process active
  • mySQL process active
  • FTP process active
  • Classic not running unless needed for the test
  • Installed on partition #2 of 10gb hard drive
OS X final Configuration
  • Clean install on erased partition
  • OS 9.1 installed from OS X retail box
  • OS 9.1 minimal extensions for Classic support
  • OS X installed from retail box
  • No active web or FTP processes
  • Classic not running unless needed for the test
  • Installed on partition #1 of 10gb hard drive

Application Launch Times [results in seconds]
Timed from release of click through application fully usable
Category OS 9.1 OS X
PB
OS X
final
Internet Explorer 5 / 5.1 Preview 3.5 12.0 8.4
OmniWeb 4.0b9 / 4.0rc -- 11.3 11.5
iCab 1.4b 1.9 6.5 5.6
mail.app -- 5.3 3.6
QuickTime Player 4.7 12.5 4.5
Sherlock 1.3 3.2 3.3
SimpleText / TextEdit 1.0 2.5 2.5
Terminal -- 3.9 2.9
Process Viewer -- 3.3 2.9
System Prefs -- 3.3 2.5

Perl Benchmark Test [results in seconds]
Script obtained from: http://www.metacard.com/perlbench
Description MacPerl
9.1
MacPerl
OS X
/ Classic
Public
Beta
native
OS X
final
native
1,000,000 repeats 2 1 2 2
10,000 iterative fact(100) 2 2 4 4
10,000 iterative fact(100) with 'if' 3 3 6 7
10,000 recursive factorial(100) 15 25 12 12
10 stems generation 0 1 0 0
1,000 system calls echo test 8 11 18 26
2,000 100-line file reads and writes 27 36 23 6
Overall test 57 79 65 57

Real World Tests [results in seconds unless otherwise noted]
Timed from start of task to completion of task
Test desription (testing notes)
OS 9.1 PB +
9.04
OS X final
+ 9.1
Scroll Word98 document (16 page text-and-table document with minimal graphics; held mouse button on scroll thumb from start to finish) 16.5 21.9 24.8
Excel worksheet recalculation (multi-thousand-cell worksheet containing complex lookup and validation formulas) 16.1 15.6 15.4
Load www.kgw.com in IE 5 (deleted cache files, timed until loading had visibly completed) 7.6 10.2 8.3
webservices.cnet.com download speed test (average of three runs; all tests done within ten minutes of total clock time - results in K/sec; higher is better) 99.3 118.2 122.6
Load images into Graphic Converter (63 images totalling 2.9mb dropped onto GC logo; timed until last image displayed; Classic GC only) 25.6 63.2 65.9
Same test as above, using Graphic Converter 4.05 Carbon (test not possible in Classic or PB) -- -- 51.8
Load images into Picture Viewer or Preview (63 images totalling 2.9mb dropped onto respective app; timed until last image displayed) 13.6 17.2 15.1
Drive to drive file copy test (34 digital video clips totalling 960mb copied from one IDE drive to another, test run in the foreground) 70.2 87.5 68.9
Same test as above, but from command line (cp source/* dest/; not possible in Classic, not tested in PB) -- -- 85.2
Drive to drive file copy test (34 digital video clips totalling 960mb copied from one IDE drive to another, test run in the background while actively web surfing in the foreground) 97.6 97.1 92.8
Image manipulation - open image from CD (Corel PhotoPaint 8, 18.9mb, 16.7 million color, 3072x2048 pixel image) 16.4 12.5 15.1
Image manipulation - five-point mesh warp (Corel PhotoPaint 8, 18.9mb, 16.7 million color, 3072x2048 pixel image) 22.9 17.1 16.1
Image manipulation - five pixel Gaussian blur (Corel PhotoPaint 8, 18.9mb, 16.7 million color, 3072x2048 pixel image) 29.8 27.3 26.3
Image manipulation - "Glass block" effect (Corel PhotoPaint 8, 18.9mb, 16.7 million color, 3072x2048 pixel image) 9.8 8.7 7.4

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