Boot Camp: Photoshop runs faster on Windows than OSX

CNet has a series of articles on Apple’s Boot Camp, which lets users with Intel-powered Macs (currently new iMacs and MacBook Pros) install Windows XP on their machines. One conclusion from the various tests and benchmarks done: the Windows version of Photoshop runs faster than the OSX version!

With Windows XP Pro running on a 2.0GHz iMac Core Duo, we ran our Photoshop test in less than half the time it took than with the same system running OS X 10.4.5– 2 minutes, 49 seconds vs. 6 minutes, 30 seconds to be exact, or a difference of 57%. It’s also worth noting that the iMac Core Duo with Windows beat a Pentium D 830-based PCs from Dell and Gateway on Photoshop as well.

Frankly, this is expected, as the Photoshop version for the Intel OS X is actually still running under the Rosetta emulation engine, and still not a native application for the new Macs’ Intel processors, so this takes a hit on performance (reportedly by half). What’s great to hear is that the iMac beat other Intel Core Duo-based computers in terms of performance. So really, the best, fastest, meanest Windows XP machines today are Macs! And Apple isn’t even a Microsoft “partner” company.

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