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Mac OS 10.1 (MacWorld Preview PreRelease Build)
Performance Tests

By Oliver
Published: 7/30/2001

Computer Systems

PowerMac G4 733 Rev 1 PowerMac G4 533 dual
1x 733MHz with 1MB L3 cache
PPC 7450
768MB RAM
60GB HardDisk (IBM 75GXP)
GeForce2MX
2x 533MHz with 1MB L2 cache each
PPC 7410
512MB RAM
75GB HardDisk (IBM 75GXP)
GeForce3

Application Launch Time I.

Time for an application to launch, measured in "bounces" of its icon in the dock.

Machine
G4 733 Rev 1
G4 733 Rev 1
G4 533 dual
G4 533 dual
OS Version
10.0.4
build 4Q12
10.1
build 5F24
10.0.4
build 4Q12
10.1
build 5F24
Internet Explorer
5
2
6
2
iTunes
5
1
6
2
Quicktime Player
2
1
3
1
Mail
2
1
2
1
System Prefs
2
1
2
1
Preview
2
1
3
1
CPU Monitor
2
1
3
1
Netinfo Manager
1
1
3
1
Process Viewer
1
1
3
1
Text Edit
1
1
3
1

Comment: In Mac OS 10.0.4 the PowerMac 733 had a clear advantage when opening a single application due to its higher clockspeed. Mac OS 10.1 generally decreases launching time by a factor of 2 or 3 making it almost even.

Application Launch Time II.

Time to open 5 documents of 5 different applications all at once:
Explorer (URL), iTunes (MP3 Track), Quicktime Player (Movie Trailer), TextEdit (ReadMe file), Preview (Picture)
Time in seconds until the last application is ready to use

G4 733 Rev 1
G4 733 Rev 1
G4 533 dual
G4 533 dual
10.0.4
build 4Q12
10.1
build 5F24
10.0.4
build 4Q12
10.1
build 5F24
12 seconds
10 seconds
8 seconds
4 seconds

Comment: Here you clearly see the advantage of multiple CPU's:
OS X spreads the tasks to both CPU's resulting in considerably faster launching time.

Login Time

Time that passes after you hit the login button on the login panel until the Finder is ready to use.

G4 733 Rev 1
G4 733 Rev 1
G4 533 dual
G4 533 dual
10.0.4
build 4Q12
10.1
build 5F24
10.0.4
build 4Q12
10.1
build 5F24
6 seconds
4 seconds
6 seconds
5 seconds

Boot Time

Time that to boot, measured from the boot chime until the login panel appears.

G4 733 Rev 1
G4 733 Rev 1
G4 533 dual
G4 533 dual
10.0.4
build 4Q12
10.1
build 5F24
10.0.4
build 4Q12
10.1
build 5F24
58 seconds
51 seconds
66 seconds
51 seconds


Quake3 1.29f-2 Timedemo scores
FPS of demo "four".

Machine
G4 733 Rev 1
GeForce2MX
G4 733 Rev 1
GeForce2MX
G4 533 dual
GeForce3
G4 533 dual
GeForce3
OS Version
10.0.4
build 4Q12
10.1
build 5F24
10.0.4
build 4Q12
10.1
build 5F24
Default (fresh) config
+ 32bit color
+ 32bit textures
46.5
 
53.6
(+15%)
67.1
 
74.9
(+12%)
same as above
+ s_mixahead 0.06
+ s_chunksize 2048
57.8
 
70.1
(+14%)
101.9
 
121.6
(+19%)
Locki's config
+ 32bit color
+ 32bit textures
+ s_mixahead 0.06
+ s_chunksize 2048
+ r_fastsky 0
+ r_finish 0
118.3
 
146.2
(+14%)
162.8
 
205.6
(+26%)

Comment: No tests from me without Quake3.
Quake3's multiprocessing support was enabled (r_smp 1 - as by default). No excessive tests today because a new version (1.29g) is supposed to come out on Monday (according to IMG).

Notes: The "feel" of Mac OS 10.1 is really nice: snappy menus, pretty fast window resizing in the Finder, streamlined SystemPreferences with better ornanized interface and more options, short application launching tme, sleep (even deep sleep) now works even when PCI cards are installed (of course the cards still have to be deep sleep compatible to support that feature - same as in Mac OS 9.x).
Of course there are still some quirks in this preview version, and the DVD Players is not there yet. But it does look VERY promising. I'm really looking forward to the final release - it should rock!

For discussion about 10.1 head to http://bbs.xlr8yourmac.com/ubb/Forum13/HTML/000892.html.

And finally a big Thank You to Mike for all his work on this awesome site!

-Oliver


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