PowerBook G4 DVI 800MHz Video Editing Benchmarks

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Date: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2002, 00:00
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Digital Post Production‘s David Nagel (click on reviews in the left nav) has posted an in-depth review of the PowerBook G4 (DVI) 800 MHz that includes a number of benchmarks comparing the top-of-the-line PowerBook to a PowerMac G4 733MHz, Dual 800MHz and Dual 1GHz.

Benchmarked applications included Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Discreet Combustion 2, Apple Final Cut Pro and CineBench.

In all tests except Final Cut Pro 3, the PowerBook 800 exceeded the expected performance against these two machines based on clock speed alone. And, even with Final Cut pro 3, the results were nearly a wash in this regard. I can’t stress enough how impressive this is for a notebook computer…

But even more impressive was the PowerBook’s 3D performance versus a recent top of the line Mac model, the dual 800 MHz G4. Running Maxon’s CineBench benchmarking software, the PowerBook 800 actually outperformed the dual 800 in OpenGL, Cinema 4D shading and single-processor raytracing in Mac OS 9. (A Mac OS X version of CineBench is not yet available.)

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