Monday, 24 May 2004 07:29
k-9 sent in the link to this
of a BOXX dual Opteron 248 workstation smacking around a Xeon and PowerMac G5 in benchmarks. The review of the G5 PowerMac is from some Media Workstation site, and this is one of the poorest workstation reviews I have ever seen. They spend plenty of time drooling over the gigantic sizes PowerMac dual 2.0GHz G5. They believe a 3GHz version is waiting in the wings. You may remember over a year ago that the 3GHz version would be out now according to Jobs. He lied, I called him on it. I'm been proven correct again on that product not shipping in a year, and on the Opteron indeed outperforming it. What you will find in this review are poor, and few benchmarks. Lies about Opteorn workstation pricing, and incomplete benchmarks where the Opteron was not tested. You also find no mention of the reality Opteron 250 at 2.4Ghz coming. Really I can't recommend a single thing in this review. It is that bad. You will notice that Apple on gives out review kit to Apple fan sites where they are certain to get a good review regardless of benchmarks, costs, or lies from Apple. It is pathetic.
Perhaps most importantly, even though Apple will never talk about unreleased products, there is a new G5 chip waiting in the wings, the 3GHz IBM PPC 970FX processor. Last June (2003) Steve Jobs promised the chip would be shipping by "next summer" -- that would be a month from now (mid-May 2004) -- but it's apparently run into difficulties. Inside sources tell Digital Media Net that the chips are running into problems with heat issues, along with IBM not being able to consistently create reliable chips running even at 2GHz, much less the Jobs-promised 3GHz. As soon as those problems are worked out, the Mac will have a fighting chance of standing at the top of the heap of computer speed. But until then, if you're running After Effects, according to our tests the Mac G5 isn't going to give you the highest performance available.
Yeah, Intel can barely reach 3.4GHz, and IBM has a 3GHz G5 waiting in the wings. Had these guys researched anything this could had been a better review.