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Phronix.com published a nice benchmark comparing Mac OSX 10.6 vs Windows 7 on a Mac-Mini. Once again Windows 7 beats Mac OSX even though it was tested on Mac-Hardware.
Software for comparison: Urban Terror, Open Arena, Nexuiz, Warsow, X-Plane.
Hardware specifications listed at the end.
CPU: Intel Xeon Quad-Core 2.93GHz
RAM: 6GB (3x2GB)
HDD: 1x 640GB, 7200-rpm ,Serial ATA, 3Gb/s
GPU: 1x ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB
Optical Drive: 18x SuperDrive
Apple Mighty Mouse
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) and User’s Guide
= 3349 usd
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7 975 Processor Extreme Edition 4x 3.33GHz
Memory: 6 GB (2x 3GB)
GPU: 2x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 PCI-Express x16 – 1792MB – SLI Mode
HDD: 2x 1.5 TB, 7200-rpm, Serial ATA, 3Gb/s
Optical Drive: 5X Blu-Ray, Sony Optiarc BC-5100S BLU-RAY Reader & DVD±R/±RW Burner Combo Drive
Motherboard: Asus P6T Intel X58 Chipset CrossFire and SLI Supported w/7.1 Sound, Triple-Channel DDR3, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, 3-Way SLI PCI-E MB – 3-Way SLI
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 922 Mid Tower Gaming Case
= 3240 USD
Get a PC with twice as much power as a Mac for the same price.
1. The only business model for Apple is narcissism. Its true. And for what its worth, the only “geniuses” that work for Apple are the members of their marketing team, because holy hell, we all know that the best way to sell a product in this day and age, especially to Americans, is to patronize their self-righteous beliefs. There are only 2 types of people that buy a Mac:
1) Wannabe nerdy-types that are trying to prove how knowledgeable they are about everything in the tech world
2) Wannabe hipster-types that are trying to prove how knowledgeable (read: trendy and/or “not trendy”) they are about everything in general
Either way, people who are confident enough in their knowledge, self-image, and skills rarely find it necessary (or justifiable) to buy one of these disgustingly over-priced machines. Which brings us to…
2. Macs are ridiculously overpriced. Not only do you get much less for your money when you buy ANY type of Macintosh computer compared to your other options, but you get royally screwed whenever you want any halfway-decent Mac machine. Compare 17-inch MacBook Pros starting at an astounding $2500 with thousands of 17-inch alternatives starting at just $599. This is partly because Apple price-fixes their products so drastically, but is mostly because they’d rather tell you what packages are available instead of letting you decide what works best for you. Hmm… what does that sound like?
3. Macs regularly ignore mainstream industry trends. Where to begin? Because of all the political (read: snobby) games that Steve Jobs gets involved with, most Macs still don’t have HDMI ports, eSATA ports, or BluRay drives, among other mainstream technology standards. Instead of HDMI, for example, they opt for out-of-date DVI ports (but of course only on the MacBook Pro models). This attitude is best summed up by Apple’s 2-decade-long push for world-wide FireWire data ports, which Apple finally dropped many years after its defeat to USB 2.0 was already obvious. (P.S. Apple invented FireWire…)
4. Mac OS X is merely a locked down version of open-source Linux. Its easy to *ssume that over 90% of Mac owners are not only unaware of this, but don’t have a clue what Linux is. Turns out that back in 1996, after Steve Jobs’ short-lived company NeXT stole its OS base from open-source (read: FREE) BSD Unix, it resold the now proprietary OS to Apple which then became OS X. Perhaps if OS X had the flexibility of Linux, or if Mac fanboys didn’t use Linux concepts (i.e. Terminal) as reasons to brag about OS X, there wouldn’t be so much smearing to do. (Warning: do NOT attempt ask any Mac fanboys about this, or they will ignore your question and start babbling about things like Firefox.)