Something that has generated a lot of buzz – CreativeMac has published some benchmarks using Apple’s Final Cut Studio. Keeping in mind that Final Cut Studio is considered to be a “professional” application, and is not targeted at the same audience that the MacBook is Final Cut Studio is a suite of applications for video, motion graphics, and audio manipulation/editing and is well regarded in the movie industry, and it is a Univeral Binary (it will run well on either PowerPC or Intel-based Macs).
The test subjects were a 2.0GHz MacBook (Dual Core/Core Duo of course), a 2.16GHz MacBook Pro (same), and a Dual CPU 2.0GHz PowerMac G5. All had 2GB of memory. What makes this amazing?
The 13-inch MacBook beat the dual G5 in two of four tests, tied it in one and lost out by one second in another. All of the tests were rendering tests, which, of course, doesn’t tell the whole story. But it does give a good indication of the power of a computer’s CPU…..the 2.0 GHz 13-inch MacBook proves a thoroughly viable machine for users of Final Cut Studio.
Intel and Apple have one very slick partnership in the notebook market. Once Adobe releases their applications in a Universal Binary format (especially Photoshop), it will be hard to be such a partnership.