Tests confirm Apple Mac just as fast at running Windows as any other x86 system

“Despite Apple’s historic disdain for Microsoft’s Windows operating system, Apple’s Boot Camp software lets Windows applications run just as well on a Mac as they do on a PC, performance tests confirm. According to tests carried out by CNET product reviewers, a MacBook Pro and iMac running Intel’s Core Duo processor and Windows XP delivers equal performance to similarly configured PCs designed to run Windows. On Wednesday, Apple released a beta version of Boot Camp, an application that lets Mac users run the Windows XP operating system on their Macs,” Tom Krazit reports for CNET.

“While the results may seem obvious given that the systems had similar configurations, they help answer some of the questions raised by consumers or businesses thinking about running Windows on a Mac when Apple releases a new operating system with Boot Camp integrated later this year,” Krazit reports. “Apple wants Windows users to fall in love with the Mac OS, and the best way to do that is to remove any objections to a dual-boot Mac, said Sam Bhavnani, an analyst at Current Analysis. If an Apple system running Windows wasn’t as good as a comparable Windows system from another PC vendor, some people wouldn’t want to take the plunge, he said.”

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30 Comments

  1. Actually, because one partitions their hard disk to install Windows, the new partition gets to use the slower part of the drive, near the center of the platters where the sectors are smaller.

    This is of course if one creates a large enough XP partition on already near full drive.

    So I wonder how many of these “tests” are inaccurate based upon this?

    If the tests used are based upon the drive somehow, then they will be way off.

    The only way to get a accurrate test is to create a similar partition on a PC.

    Of course “Mike” aka MacDude, can tell us more about how Vista is going to “rule the world”

    Go ahead Mike!

  2. I wonder how much the “comparable” PC systems cost. I see the benefit from a current Mac users perspective, but I don’t see the switcher benefit. The Mac is a foreign object to most and will remain that way until Apple freakin’ advertises this new capability until everyone watching the nightly news knows they can put XP on a mac AND it runs as good or better. Only us geeks are still talking about it. But, Apple probably dosen’t care about that. They won’t advertise it. Oh well whatever-it just benefits us mac users.

  3. Morty, you will find that the MDN commenters are true zealots representing maybe 4% of personal computer users in this country.

    They (1) are not interested in your reasoned discussion and (2) in complete denial about Steve’s surrender to M$oft.

    They also cannot bring themeslves to believe that boot camp is the latest in a corporate strategy that ends with Apple as the aluminum box maker for Vista with the rest of their business devoted to providing tunes and players for headbangers.

  4. Macademia Nut:

    The main difference is the Mac OS, just like it was a year ago. People buy macs because of OSX and all its advantages and lovely applications.

    Boot Camp just means people can keep their PC games and finally throw away their old PC hardware.

    Stop sounding so dramatic!

  5. Quote: “Morty, you will find that the MDN commenters are true zealots representing maybe 4% of personal computer users in this country.

    They (1) are not interested in your reasoned discussion…… </quote>

    Reasoned discussion? When we begin to hear some we might get interested.

  6. What a load of PC users don’t understand is that Apple now build PCs. They happen to be better PCs because you get OSX and anything else you want to load as well.

    Just get over it.

    If you don’t want XP or Vista you don’t have to load it on your Mac. Just carry on as normal.

  7. The fact is that there is NO comparable PC system out there because only Apple computers will run both OS X and Windows XP natively. Of course the Mac may cost a little more, but then again, so does an Alienware or a Sony, or any other premium PC. And none of those others will run OS X either…

  8. “They also cannot bring themeslves to believe that boot camp is the latest in a corporate strategy that ends with Apple as the aluminum box maker for Vista with the rest of their business devoted to providing tunes and players for headbangers.”

    That’s because it isn’t. Besides why are you so eager to see Apple go away. Once these boards disappear, you will have nothing to do but play with yourself to pron on your peecee.

  9. Morty spouted the following BS:

    “Actually, because one partitions their hard disk to install Windows, the new partition gets to use the slower part of the drive, near the center of the platters where the sectors are smaller.”

    The sectors on a hard drive are all the same size (in bytes), there are the same number of sectors on every track, and the speed of rotation is a constant.

    Think about it.

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