Crazy Apple Rumors Site Labs has gotten a hold of Apple’s latest hardware offerings – the recently revved PowerBook G4 and the Mac Mini – and conducted a battery of benchmarking tests that detail their relative performance.
Without further ado, let’s go to Chet MacGruder for the results.
Apple’s latest PowerBook update provided welcome speed bumps to the company’s professional laptop line. Using Xbench, CARS Labs determined the current top-of-the-line PowerBook does not disappoint. In the Gaussian Blur test, the 1.67 GHz PowerBook smoked nearly all the competition.
The PowerBook resoundingly beat its cheaper cousin the iBook as well as the Dell Latitude. It also totally creamed a PowerBook 520c and an Etch-A-Sketch.
Man, I had cramps in my fingers all afternoon.
Both Gordy and Green Beans put up an admirable performance, but the only unit that bested the PowerBook was that guy from the White Stripes. Frankly, I don’t even know how he did it. He had a bunch of colored pencils and…
Well, let’s move on to the Mac Mini.
In the standard “Something to do with Unreal Tournament” test, the Mac Mini showed it was no speed demon, but dollar for dollar, it provides a measurable bang for your buck.
Of particular note amongst the competition here is the Creepy Crawlers Thing Maker, as this unit has been out of production since 1974. I understand some lawyers got together and decided that an inverted iron tossed into a box with some bottles of liquid plastic was not a suitable toy for children.
Frickin’ big-shot trial attorneys. Don’t get me started on them.
Meanwhile, table value 43 once again clocked in at 43 seconds. It’s not the best performance, but it’s consistency like that that’s kept it in our suite of tests for three years running.
Finally, the common sea sponge was beat out by its more glamorous relative the uncommon sea sponge. Man, is it going to be uncomfortable at the sea sponge family reunion this year! Whew! Ha-ha!
Little… underwater barbecue… with all the… sea sponges there…
Some Calypso music playing…
All of them pulling up on sea horses…
That’s how I like to think of it, anyway.