Apple Macs run Windows Vista less awfully than PCs

“Popular Mechanics has published a shootout between similarly-specced Macs and PCs using popular benchmarking tools and user feedback and has come to a (not very) surprising conclusion [the Macs won both the desktop and notebook shootouts],” Stewart Meagher reports for The Inquirer.

“Glen Derene from Popular Mechanics also used a number of ‘real world’ tests to find out how the machines,” Meagher reports.

Derene reported:
In our speed trials, however, Leopard OS trounced Vista in all-important tasks such as boot-up, shutdown and program-launch times. We even tested Vista on the Macs using Apple’s platform-switching Boot Camp software… and found that both Apple computers ran Vista faster than our PCs did.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Linux Guy And Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]

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  1. The best part of the article are the comments. I am not quite sure what anyone there is trying to say. The person trying to make the point that since the hardware is manufactured by the same people, the results should be the same, seems to have missed a fundamental issue. That issue is the engineering/design has a whole lot to do with how a computer runs. Another person gave up using MacOS after three months and the reason seem quite convoluted. I know I gave up trying to run MS OS back in the 80’s because the Mac graphic interface made so much more sense to me and I have never looked back. Then there is the reference by another uninformed person about the “swamp land” Mac clone manufacturer in Florida. Ah, it is so informative peeking into the dark side.

  2. @JAYGEE

    I run have a 40 gig Vista partition on my MacBook Pro strictly for games when I am on the road.

    Vista does run faster and better on my MacBook Pro than any system I have ever used. It boots as quick as Leopard but I think that the system runs hotter under Vista. The fan seems to be running at higher RPMs when Vista is on.

    Games on the MacBook Pro can cause the system to get super hot. I have had it suspend the system a few times while playing. It does not take the game offline, so I have to give it a few seconds to recover.

    Does anyone know of any utilities out there that monitor fan speed and system temp on the MacBook Pros? If there are some, I can give a more detailed analysis.

  3. HotinPlaya:

    Too true. This article lacks generalizability.

    The machines are too different to make any meaningful comparisons. Ideally, the machines should have equivalent hardware and the only differentiating feature being the operating systems (OS X vs Vista) and (OS X vs XP). One could then directly compare OS X vs (Vista and XP) and Vista vs XP or, OS X vs Vista and OS X vs XP.

    If it is impossible to match identical machines measure performance with a range of machines with varying hardware specs then plot the results against each machine.

  4. “Does anyone know of any utilities out there that monitor fan speed and system temp on the MacBook Pros? If there are some, I can give a more detailed analysis.”

    istat pro you can get it at or download from Apple

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