First post, by subhuman@xgtx
Hey everyone! As my interest in tinkering with outdated hardware has sparkled yet again, I've been trying to find some 'up-to-date' benchmarks, but to no avail. How do the PPC chips G4 found on the Sawtooth machines, as well as the rest of the G4-powered Powermac lineup compare to their x86 contemporaries from back in the day? Let's say, does a stock 500mhz 7400 stand a chance in front of a 700mhz Coppermine when it comes to Aritmetric and floating point performance? I do know the G4s have Altivec registers, but the 100FSB + External L2 cache + SDRAM combination doesn't feel like the soundest of choices.
Unfortunately, the only benchmark comparisons I've found so far are nothing more than Apple's official press releases.
What are your thoughts on this, guys?