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    noirluispher
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    Question Processor Comparison - P4/2.6GHz and G4/1.33GHz
    I would like to know is the processor speed between the Pentium and the Apple computers the same? Meaning: Is a P4 / 1ghz the same as a G4/ 1Ghz?

    I am obviously trying to compare the processors speed in order to have some type of idea how much faster the Apples are over the PCs. (or vis a versa)

    I can't seem to figure out why the Pentiums are so far ahead of the G4s in processor speed.

    Let me go on, incase you still can't get where I want to go with this:

    Lets say the fastest Dell Laptop is the Inspiron XPS has a processor P4 / 3.4 GHz and Apples fastest laptop is the Powerbook G4 with a processor speed of 1.33 GHz. To me it would seem that the Dell is faster. But for some reason I don't believe that's the case. Mainly for a couple reasons:

    1). It's $500 cheaper
    2). Alot of people seem to be leaning toward the Powerbook.

    If anyone can understand my babbling please respond. I am on the fence about SWITCHING. I just don't want to SWITCH into a Powerbook that's slower and more expensive then the top of the line Dell.

    Thank you.

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    StarManta
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    There's a major consensus that Macs vs. PC's are not the same MHz for Mhz. Unfortunately, it's hard to come across numbers of exactly what the difference is. Most people I've talked to settle somewhere around 1.5-2 times the speed - i.e., a 1.0GHz G4 gives the same performance as a 1.5-2 GHz Pentium 4. I can tell you for sure that my 1Ghz Powerbook runs a lot faster than my parents' 1.5 GHz Windoze desktop at home.
    However, I'd be pretty confident that a 3.4 GHz P4 IS going to be faster than a 1.3Ghz G4... That's not why it's more expensive or why people lean towards them, though - they like the OS, the quality of the book, and so on.
    You get what you pay for.

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    noirluispher
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    Thanks for the information.

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    P4 and G4 have major diferences in a wah of handling and procesing data. its like to kompare the bottle and bowl. both can hold same amount of wather, but bowl will empty faster. this is what the velosity engine of G4 is doing. thats why you can not directly compare MgHz-s. P4 clock speed is faster, but it still has the "bottleneck"

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    alright, I know I have posted this same link in for this thread multiple times. Here this should explain ALOT. The stats are old, but you get the idea.

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