First Mactels: Developers impressed with speed

Written by Jason Cundall

July 14, 2005 | 12:59

Tags: #pentium-4 #powermac

Companies: #apple #intel

The people who've received their rental mactels are impressed. Apparently, the frank-n-mac (It's a PC motherboard in G5 case... with... with BIOS!) that's been cobbled together to aid developers port code to the new Intel based systems is pretty damn quick:

The speed of Mac OS X running on Intel hardware is impressing some developers who've been privy to one of Apple's first Intel-based developer transition systems.

The systems started shipping to Mac OS X developers three weeks ago, each equipped with a 3.6 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor with 2 MB L2 Cache, 800MHz front-side bus, 1GB of 533MHz DDR2 Dual Channel SDRAM, and an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900.

Developers are renting the $999 hardware from Apple for a period of 18 months in order to get a head start in porting their applications to run on the Intel version of Mac OS X.

"It's fast," said one developer source of Mac OS X running on Intel's Pentium processors. "Faster than [Mac OS X] on my Dual 2GHz Power Mac G5." In addition to booting Windows XP at blazing speeds, the included version of Mac OS X for Intel takes "as little as 10 seconds" to boot to the Desktop from when the Apple logo first displays on screen.

More from AppleInsider here.

Statements such as 'It's faster than my Dual G5' would have got you shot by the Militant wing of the ADC in the past (even if it where true). That or a light stoning by the Cupertino Marketing Dept.

In related news, IBM has finally announced the low power G5 PPC chip PowerBook users have been waiting for, In a 'Hey, we can make low power, high performance chips, honest' moment. Shame they didn't get it out sooner, eh? Will it ever get used in an Apple product now?

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