Mac Plus beats Athlon Dual Core

Admittedly this is a little outlandish, but this performance face off between a Mac Plus and an Athlon Dual Core shows the former beating the latter on more than half the tests.

There is no symetry at all between the tests, but it is fun to read. My first Mac was a Mac Plus, the first ‘platinum’ variety, tricked out with 4MB of RAM and a 20MB hard disc, so I got a chuckle from this article.

The article summarizes the test pretty well:

Is this to say that the Mac Plus is a better computer than the AMD? Of course not. The technological advancements of 21 years have placed modern PCs in a completely different league of varied capacities. But the “User Experience” has not changed much in two decades. Due to bloated code that has to incorporate hundreds of functions that average users don’t even know exist, let alone ever utilize, the software companies have weighed down our PCs to effectively neutralize their vast speed advantages. When we compare strictly common, everyday, basic user tasks between the Mac Plus and the AMD we find remarkable similarities in overall speed, thus it can be stated that for the majority of simple office uses, the massive advances in technology in the past two decades have brought zero advance in productivity.


One Response to Mac Plus beats Athlon Dual Core

  1. noel says:

    this is why i turn OFF as much eye candy as I can…But it’s a good point and well observable if you upgrade a 2 year old PC to Vista.

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