April 24, 2004

cache flow

<more geek speak>
I've got a rerun of the ScreenSavers on in the background and they just pointed out that the iBooks now also have 512K of level 2 cache. That probably accounts for the snappiness that I've been experiencing.

So, an Apples to Apples comparison of the 12" iBook and 12" PowerBook:
Processor Speed
(which diehard Mac users
will say doesn't matter)
1 GHz1.33 Ghz
Level 2 Cache512K512K
Shipped RAM256MB256MB
System Bus100 MHz133 MHz
Hard Drive30GB60GB
(DVD-R option)
WirelessAirport Extreme ReadyAirport Extreme and Bluetooth included
PortsEthernet, 56K Modem, two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 400 portEthernet, 56K Modem, two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 400 port, one FireWire 800 port
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon 9200NVidia GeForce FX Go5200
Dual Displaywith hackyes
Audioheadphone out, built in microphoneline in, headphone out, built in microphone
Weight4.9 lbs4.6 lbs
List Price$1099$1599

Really?? $500 for a line in jack, 33% more speed, 30 more GB and .3 lbs less? Is it worth it?? If you factor in $99 for the Airport Extreme card and $50 for a Bluetooth module, I guess it narrows the gap a bit.
<geek speak ends>

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