[OS X TeX] speed of typesetting on a MacBook?
dunfield at caltech.edu
Wed Jan 11 20:38:00 EST 2006
Dear Gary et. al,
One would expect TeXing on the new MacBook to be very fast. The
processor from which the Intel Core Duo processor is derived, the
single core Pentium-M, turns out the some of the highest TeX benchmarks
of any processor (laptop or not). For instance,
is somewhat out of date, but it shows a 1.6 Ghz Pentium-M laptop being
38% _faster_ than a Dual 2GHz Powermac G5. (There's a 17in Powerbook
on the list, too, a 1.33 Ghz, which is 3 times slower than the
Pentium-M.) Of course, whether this benchmark is really
representative of ones actual daily TeXing tasks is another matter.
However, it seems reasonable that a lower-bound on the MacBooks'
performance would be that of a random recent Pentium-M laptop, so you
could probably do a couple tests on a friends PC laptop to get a better
idea of how much performance you'd actually gain here.
Of course, I don't have a MacBook and this is all pure speculation; let
the buyer beware, etc.
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