Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
cpratt

Now: an especially useless Mac vs. PC comparison

Here's the newest Power Mac compared to an equivalent PC:
  Not available Apple Power Mac G5 Quad
Processor - Two dual-core 2.5 GHz PowerPC G5 processors
Cache - Four 1 MB caches
System bus speed - 1.25 GHz
Memory - 512 MB
Type of memory - 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Max memory - 16 GB
Video card - NVDIAI GeForce 6600
Video memory - 256 MB
Video bus - PCI Express
Hard drive - 250 GB
Hard drive bus - Serial ATA 150 Mb/sec
Audio - Digital + analog in/out
Optical drive - 16x DVD-R dual layer DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW
Expansion - 1 64-bit PCIx x8
2 64-bit PCIx x4
FireWire - 1 FireWire 400
2 FireWire 800
USB - 4 USB 2.0
Modem - -
Ethernet - Dual gigabit Ethernet
Speakers - -
Software - Mac OS X 10.4
Warranty - 1 year parts and labor; 90 days phone support
Price (inc. tax and shipping to King County, Washington) - $3586

Well, that was pretty simple. There's not really anything on the market right now which compares to the new Power Mac. Sure, there are dual core Pentium processors. And yeah, there are PCs with multiple processors. But a consumer-priced PC with two dual core processors? Not really an option. You could probably find a so-called "professional class workstation" for about $5800 with vaguely similar specs, but at that point wouldn't the Mac just be a hell of a lot cheaper?

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