[OS X TeX] some Intel iMac "benchmarks"
gratzer at ms.umanitoba.ca
Sat Feb 11 06:35:14 CET 2006
Do you have some Textures numbers?
On Feb 10, 2006, at 11:17 PM, Gary L. Gray wrote:
> I was able to get my hands on a 1.83 GHz Intel iMac for the
> weekend, so I thought I would install TeX and do a few comparisons
> with my 1.5 GHz PowerBook G4 that also has 2GB of RAM (this machine
> is about 18 months old). The iMac has a 7200 RPM drive and 2GB of RAM.
> The numbers I present are for typesetting a textbook I am writing.
> It has hundreds of figures and a rather complex layout. Typesetting
> everything yields 481 pages. My PowerBook had not been restarted
> for more than a month, so I restarted and logged in with the shift
> key down so that no login items loaded. I did the same thing on the
> iMac, though it is right out of the box, so there isn't much on it.
> In each case, I immediately ran TeXShop and typeset the entire
> book. I measured the time between hitting the typeset button and
> when the preview window came to the fore. Here are the results:
> PowerBook: first typeset = 119 s
> second typeset = 97.0 s
> third typeset = 101 s
> Intel iMac: first typeset = 39.3 s
> second typeset = 25.3 s
> third typeset = 27.1 s
> On each machine, I then commented out all chapters except one
> (chapter 4, not that that matters) and typeset three more times.
> Here are those numbers:
> PowerBook: first typeset = 34.5 s
> second typeset = 17.1 s
> third typeset = 17.0 s
> Intel iMac: first typeset = 5.6 s
> second typeset = 5.5 s
> third typeset = 5.5 s
> I am *amazed* at these numbers! I never expected the increase in
> speed to be so substantial. On a day I work on this book, I may
> typeset 60-100 times (not the entire book, but one or more
> chapters), so this speedup would make a huge difference in my
> I also installed Adobe Illustrator CS2 and updated it to the latest
> version. It works under Rosetta without any issues and it certainly
> feels as fast as it does on my PowerBook, though I have no idea how
> to benchmark Illustrator (suggestions are welcome).
> I think I will be getting a MacBook Pro.
> I am interested in hearing people's comments. In addition, let me
> know if there is anything other benchmarking you would like me to
> do on one or both of the machines. Like I said, I have the iMac
> until Monday afternoon.
> -- Gary
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