Fastest Windows XP Laptop? Macbook Pro of course

This one brought a smirk to my face and should put a sock in the mouth of those that discredit the iPod company for their expensive prices. The Register recently did a hardware test with various Core Duo Laptops, including the Macbook Pro which can now run Windows XP.

The winner was, surprisingly, the Apple machine.

However, the site links to a set of tests carried out by PC Magazine on an array of Wintel Core Duo notebooks from Dell, Lenovo, Acer and Gateway. Only one came close: the Acer, with a score of 1m 11s; the others generated scores of 1m 52s to 1m 55s, all slower than the iMac.

The iMac comparison is apposite because all the laptops tested had 2GHz Core Duo CPUs, just like the iMac. So did the Acer, which came in a nose of beating the 2.16GHz MacBook Pro. However, while the Acer has the same ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 GPU as the MacBook Pro, the GPU isn’t fully enabled on the Apple machine under Windows XP.

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