Originally Posted by SGladwell
TS, please don't add nonsense to quotes. I'd really like to know how a 5 year-old PowerPC (G4) would run Boot Camp, an OS switcher for the modern Intel macs. The Boot Camped computer that was faster than a brand new Dell was my MBP. A more fair comparison for Windows against OSX is not running OSX on the MBP but on a five-year old laptop with 5 year-old buses (but admittedly a fairly modern - not SATA, but 5400RPM - disk and maxed out RAM) and a 500mHz G4.
I apologize for misreading your post, but if you wouldn't have worded it so poorly, perhaps we wouldn't have had this problem.
Both the original post and the above quotation are very confusing. Perhaps its something to think about in the future.
It is a fact OS startup and opening normal programs that are common to both platforms (Firefox and MS Word) occurs much faster on the ancient 500mHz G4 Titanium PowerBook running a modern OS (10.4.6) than on a brand new Superdell running an outmoded OS (XP SP2). Get over it.
A fact according to who? I haven't seen any recent research being done on five year old Macs v.s. a top of the line Dell. I think that maybe you are a tad bit biased. I'm not trying to defend Dell or anything, but I frankly think you are being a little bit careless with your terminology. SuperDell indeed.
I don't know the exact spec of said Dell, except that it has two dual-core Xeon (not Pentium) processors inside and that on at academic departmental budget it was around $3600 with two 19" (I think - could be 17") Dell monitors. It's a machine purchased for real work (econometric modeling and that sort of thing) and not for frittering away time blowing up shit on a screen, so I assume it has gobs of disk and RAM.
Ok, first of all, what you are describing sounds like a workstation/server type PC. Far from being a "top of the line Dell". It being expensive does not make it faster. In fact it isn't designed to be fast. They are designed to crunch volume data and manage servers. So your comparison is faulty. And yes, it probably has quite a bit of disk space and I'd assume a fair amount of RAM. One of which slows it down, and one of which can potentially speed it up if it uses the RAM in a configuration condusive to speed. (which it probably doesn't) Anyone who knows anything about computers knows that the "top of the line" when it comes to speed and performance is going to be in the gaming computers arena. That is the forefront of technology because THAT IS WHERE THE MONEY IS. Your condescention aside, I would actually like to see your five year old mac vs a modern computer built for speed, running XP. I think it would be a lot closer than you imagine. Price wise too...