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Re: Performance comparison Mac OSX vs. Windows XP

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  • Subject: [mg69954] Re: [mg69925] Performance comparison Mac OSX vs. Windows XP
  • From: "Chris Chiasson" <chris at>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 06:15:28 -0400 (EDT)
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It would be relevant to know if your MacBook had a PowerPC chip in it
or an Intel Core/2 Duo/Solo.

On 9/27/06, Blackadder <Malte at> wrote:
> Dear NG,
> recently I switched from a Dell notebook to a MacBook Pro. We licensed
> Mathematica, which is a Universal Binary on Mac OSX. Yesterday,
> a colleague sent me a notebook with some intensive computations and
> asked me to test the speed on my MacBook.
> The results were quite surprising and earned me quite a few smirks from
> my fellow coworkers. Here's what I got:
>   Dell Latitude 505 (1.6 Ghz, 512 MB RAM): 263.44 secs
>   MacBook Pro 17" (2.1 Ghz, 2 GB RAM): 402,18 secs
> This means that my MacBook is about 35 % slower than a technically
> inferior Windows notebook. Does anybody have experiences with the
> performance of Mathematica on different OSes? Has anybody notices
> similar behavior between the Windows and Mac OS versions? Any hints or
> comments are very welcome.
> Kind regards, Malte
> p.s.: If you are interested in running the Mathematica notebook on your
> Mac, I'm happy to send you a copy by e-mail.


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