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From: Lake Arrowhead...
Glad to see this thread (even though you brought the X1000 into it, which I think is a mistake, unless you want the thread to degrade into an X1000 & Hyperion bashing free-for-all)
Since Odyssey 1.16 is not available on OS4.x, the SunSpider benchmark can't be run on the X1000 with the same browser and the comparison is not an "apples to apples" comparison, but instead it is a comparison of Odyessy 1.16 to OWB 1.9 (I think that is the version of OWB that is used for the port of OWB to OS4.x).
No big deal to me one way or the other. I just would hope that this thread can remain focused on your benchmark results and the comparison of the accelerated Quicksilver and the stock 1.42GHz MDD PowerMac's, instead of bringing anything else into the comparisons that will detract from the discussion and comparison of two MorphOS systems.
I do think that the Radeon 8500 in the Quicksilver gives it an added advantage in some tests results. Do you mind doing the tests with the same video card in each computer, or do you have another video card that is closer to having the same performance as either the 9000Pro, or the 8500 that you can install in one of the systems to even out the test results more. I think I have an extra 9000Pro I could send to you, so you could have a 9000Pro in each of your G4 PowerMac's for testing purposes.
Looking forward to more results and some more real world program and/or game test results. This thread is very useful to MorphOS users who are considering buying a Quicksilver, or an MDD G4 PowerMac system and want to know which one is the fastest and best one to buy.
Any thoughts about over-clocking your dual 1.42GHz G4 CPU card? I have read that a bump up to 1.5GHz is usually successful and not too difficult. I don't know how much that little bit of extra speed will shorten the life of your dual 1.42GHz G4 CPU module, so it might not be worth the effort and risk, for so little improvement in speed.
Are both systems maxed out with RAM? Are both systems using IDE hard drives that spin at the same speed? If you can keep as many of the components identical, or swap them from one system to the other, so the tests will only reflect the differences between the bus speed, memory speed, caches, and the CPU's, the tests will be more useful in determining how much the choice of which PowerMac and the accelerator makes in the speed of the system, instead of introducing other differences between one hard drive and another, or some other system component, which can be changed easily, instead of comparing the components that can't easily be changed, such as bus speed, memory speed, memory caches, and the faster G4 CPU's that are much harder to find for the MDD PowerMac's than they are to find for the Quicksilver.
Edit: That is one fast Quicksilver you have there. Nice MorphOS system and probably one of the fastest MorphOS systems on the planet. I hope that Jim can also contribute his test results, from his 1.6GHz G4 Quicksilver, and his dual 1.42GHz G4 MDD PowerMac.[ Edited by amigadave 10.04.2012 - 19:18 ]
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