[OS X TeX] speed of typesetting on a MacBook?

Simon Spiegel simon at simifilm.ch
Wed Jan 11 13:19:49 EST 2006

On 11.01.2006, at 19:06, Gary L. Gray wrote:

> I am *very* interested in getting one of these new MacBook Pros if  
> Steve Jobs' claims of its speed are true. He claims that the 1.83  
> GHz MacBook is 4 times faster than the current 1.67 GHz PowerBook.  
> Given that I have 1.5 GHz PowerBook, will I see the sort of speed  
> increases claimed by Jobs when typesetting TeX or will it only  
> scale with clock speed, that is, it will only be 1.83/1.67 times  
> faster?
> Thank you for helping me make my decision. :-)

Don't trust any benchmarks you haven't fabricated yourself. ;)

Real world use and benchmarks are two different things but I think  
it's a safe bet that the BacBook Pro will be a lot faster than the  
current iBook, Not only does it have two cores and higher tact rate,  
it's bus is about four times faster. You'll definitely going to feel  

Apart from that I guess that (La)TeX for intel is propably better  
optimized than the PPC version, simply because more people work on  
it. I might be wrong though, Gerben can probably enlight us here.


PS: If we discuss the new intel machines, can we please avoid traffic  
and stick to TeX specific questions like in this thread? Thank you.

Simon Spiegel
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be thought of as: 'forget about the wax and feathers, and do a better  
job on the wings." Stanley Kubrick

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