Dr. Mac Bob Levitus gives ‘highest recommendation’ for Apple iMac 2GHz Core Duo

“I’ve been testing a 20-inch Intel-based iMac for a couple of weeks now. Mine came with 1 gigabyte of RAM, upgradable to 2 GB; a SuperDrive DVD/CD player/burner; an ATI Radeon X1600 graphics subsystem with 128 megabytes of VRAM; a built-in iSight video camera; and built-in AirPort and Bluetooth wireless networking,” Bob Levitus writes for The Houston Chronicle. “Though only a handful of third-party applications are Universal today, almost every program you receive with your iMac is Universal, which means performance is mostly better than ever. Apple’s benchmarks indicate that the Intel-based iMac runs up to twice as fast as an iMac G5, but I respectfully disagree. In my testing, most Universal applications ran faster, but not twice as fast.”

“I felt that the performance of most non-Universal applications (running under Rosetta), such as Microsoft Word 2004, Quicken 2006 for Mac, Adobe Reader, and many others, was more than acceptable,” Levitus writes. “Intel-based Macs cannot run Classic applications (e.g. programs developed for Mac OS 9). So if you depend on a Classic program, you’ll probably want to delay your purchase of an Intel-based Mac. For those who depend on programs that don’t currently work on Intel-based Macs (such as Apple’s Pro applications or Virtual PC), or programs that run poorly on Intel-based Macs (such as Adobe Photoshop), you’ll probably want to stick with your PowerPC-based Macs for at least a little longer. Other than that, I give the Intel-based iMac my highest recommendation.”

Full article here.

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19 Comments

  1. If you’re still using a Classic app I don’t see what good delaying purchase of an intel machine will do. If it’s not OS X of some sort by now chances are it never will be.

  2. It still makes me chuckle that Micro$oft’s Virtual PeeCee won’t run on Intel Macs.

    Wonder what Micro$haft are scared of? Could Windows be more secure using Virtual PC cloaked by OS X than on its own in a Dull box?

  3. “If you’re still using a Classic app I don’t see what good delaying purchase of an intel machine will do. If it’s not OS X of some sort by now chances are it never will be.”

    WHAT! And give up playing Gnop! and Pathways into Darkness? NEVER!

  4. Just got in my 20″ iMac with the duo-core intel processor and it rocks! I’ve loaded it with Adobe Photoshop CS2 (Version Cue did not want to cooperate for some reason) and with 512 ram, it runs fine. I do plan on, however, upgrading to 2 gigs of ram in the near future.

    Kinda makes me feel like upgrading from my dual 1.8 G5 to the Quad…

  5. “you’ll probably want to stick with your PowerPC-based Macs for at least a little longer.”

    I think he meant to add unless you a running a less than 1Ghz Single processor PowerPC-based Mac. Even under Rosetta, Mactels will beat that at most everything.

  6. I think you make a good point as does the writer -sort of. It is this: The Intel Macs running programmes under Rosetta are just as fast as a G5 which aren’t slow by any means. If you go Intel now it just means you can look forward to the day Photoshop or whatever will scream when it gets the UniBinary version..

    So it’s not necesarilly sensible to back away from going with Intel today…

  7. “If you’re still using a Classic app I don’t see what good delaying purchase of an intel machine will do. If it’s not OS X of some sort by now chances are it never will be.”

    Try migrating several 400 page technical manuals laid out in PageMaker into InDesign, M.X.N.T.4.1. It’s not economically feasible. Until a third party figures out a way to run Classic on the new Intel Macs, my firm will NOT be upgrading to the new machines.

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