Apple PowerBook G4 1.5GHz vs. MacBook Pro 2.0Ghz Adobe Photoshop benchmarks

“I’ve run some benchmarks on Apple’s new MacBook Pro running an application that hasn’t been optimized for the Intel chip yet – Adobe’s notoriously resource intensive Photoshop CS. For the test I ran two Photoshop actions on my PowerBook G4 1.5GHz and on my MacBook Pro 2.0GHz. Both are similarly configured with 2GB of RAM and 120GB (5400RPM) hard drives,” Jason D. O’Grady blogs for ZDNet.

O’Grady describes “a pretty big performance hit in Photoshop CS2 with the MacBook Pro when compared to the Aluminum PowerBook G4 due to the Rosetta emulation” required by the MacBook Pro.

In his tests, “MacBook Photoshop performance falls somewhere between the TiBook 1GHz and PowerBook G4 1.5GHz,” O’Grady reports.

Full article here.

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33 Comments

  1. Is this really even a worthwhile piece of news?

    We know Photoshop CS2 is not Intel-ready, we know it relies on Rosetta.

    We also know that both Photoshop and Rosetta like lots of RAM.

    Why doesn’t someone do a worthwhile comparison like a QuickTime export or an iDVD render? Something where a known Universal Binary exists.

  2. I think it IS a worthwhile article, If I’m buying one of these puppies I need to know how well photoshop runs.

    The “somewhere between the TiBook 1GHz and PowerBook G4 1.5GHz” is actually better than I’d hoped, now I shall get my credit card out…

  3. MCCFR: I don’t see what your problem is. The fact is that there are plenty of people who use Photoshop who would like to know if its at all useable with a MacBookPro. This is supposed to be a “Pro” computer after all and Photoshop is a Pro app.

    Yes, nobody expected the MacBookPro to excel at Photoshop, but its performance is “decent” at least. Certainly though people with 1.5Ghz PB who do a lot of photoshop shouldn’t be upgrading just yet.

    Would you rather this information be kept secret?

  4. MCCFR – this is *definitely* a worth-while article. Many people are considering making the switch to Intel Macs but their primary software application is Photoshop. And since Adobe isn’t going to make a universal binary for CS2, Mac users will have to run CS2 through Rosetta and take a performance hit.

    This article is helping examine how much of a performance hit.

    Dave H – No Rosetta doens’t *make* Photoshop slow. Rosetta does makes it run on non-PowerPC processors.

  5. BriAnimations, I should have ended the post with a smiley. I was paraphrasing the sort of rubbish we’ve been reading in the Tech press in between the details of how the sky is falling for Mac users.

    Completely off topic – My ISP is having serious issues with speed this evening and I’m only getting ISDN2 style speeds (about 124Kbps download). How do people cope with today’s web on dial-up? This is painful.

  6. In his tests, “MacBook Photoshop performance falls somewhere between the TiBook 1GHz and PowerBook G4 1.5GHz,” O’Grady reports.

    The fact is that there are plenty of people who use Photoshop who would like to know if its at all useable with a MacBookPro. This is supposed to be a “Pro” computer after all and Photoshop is a Pro app

    The “fact” is that very, very few people in the computing universe require Photoshop. If Apple were to completly abandon the “Pro” market, it would take a market share hit for about a year.

    After that, switchers from the rest of the computing world would more than make up for any share loss.

    “Pro” users have been the tail wagging the Mac dog for too long. I’m pleased to see Apple taking steps that aren’t being dictated by a sliver of the computing market.

  7. What I want to know is how the dual nature of the DuoCore improves the SpinningBeachBallOfDeath. I run a bunch of apps on my PB12/876MHz 1.12GB, but I haven’t upgraded because, even though the mini and PB17 1.5 I’ve tried didn’t offer enough improvement to make the sale.

    I’ve used dual processor Macs only in Apple stores and they seem much faster and less suseptable to SBBOD, but my exposure is limited.

    So how well do these DuoCore machines run laden with apps?

  8. I can say without a doubt that I see the SBBOD far, far less on my iMac Core Duo than I did on my 1.42GHz Mac mini. It’s funny because I sit up and notice when it happens now because it’s so rare compared to the Mac I had before.

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