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[The Reg]XP bests OS X in RIA test on Intel

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A benchmark test for rich internet application (RIA) frameworks claims Apple's OS X lags Microsoft's Windows XP on Intel when rendering HTML, being just over half as fast.

Sean Christmann, an experience architect at user interface specialist EffectiveUI, released the GUIMark benchmark following concerns over the lack of a proper test to compare RIA frameworks and technologies such as Adobe Systems' Flex and Flash, Java's Swing, Microsoft's Silverlight and good, old HTML.

EffectiveUI specializes in building RIAs and numbers eBay, Ford, Discovery Channel and United Airlines among its clients.

Christmann, an experienced user interface designer who led the development team for eBay's Desktop, tested a range of RIA frameworks on an Intel-based MacBook Pro under Windows XP and Mac OS X 10.5 and found that XP consistently outperformed OS X.

"I’ve been surprised with the results so far between WinXP and OS X. On the same machine it's very clear which vendors take more advantage of the underlying hardware," Christmann said.
Full Article here

And even more here

It's a bit like the comparison made between Firefox, IE7 & Safari a few months ago (more aimed at the unlying hardware), but still an interesting read.
Edited by Antho - 5/26/08 at 8:58am
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post #2 of 12
If the Mac is using Safari, then yeah I can see that, but on my Mac and my PC both using fire fox, my Max is twice as fast at browsing.
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I don't understand what they're getting at.

As for the IE/Safari aspect: I thought plenty of browser benchmarks showed that Safari rendered much faster than IE.
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As far as I can tell this has nothing to do with actual browsing. From the article it would seem that they ran some arbitrary web related code and it ran faster on XP
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err...

i) "Speed" in web browsing is entirely limited by network bandwidth. You may render a page "twice as fast," but rendering is almost meaningless when 99% of the "lag" (for lack of a better word) is due to waiting on data from the server to arrive.

ii) Apart from a few system calls to the network adapter and maybe a few calls for image rendering, I fail to see how this is OS-dependent. HTML-rendering (a better term would be interpreting; in fact the correct term would be interpreting) is handled by whatever app is doing it, not the OS. Unless there was some secret agreement between OS-devs to throw HTML and it's tech-related cousins to the kernel for processing, a monumentally bad idea on many levels, that I'm not aware of.

A better test, for the OS anyway, would be straight network stress; load as much bandwidth to the computer as it'll hold and see how much comes out the other end. Or if it's a processor test just run a pi calculation, or some other cpu-intensive algorithm. How fast an OS interprets HTML (et al.) is not a real test of anything significant.
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I notice a pretty big difference from IE to Firefox. Safari seemed faster than IE too.
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anything is faster than IE..

hell, I can plug a CAT5 into my but and i'll render it faster than IE
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So what? Macs aren't suddenly bad computers because XP beat them in a single test.


Talk about lack of facts.
    
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anything is faster than IE..

hell, I can plug a CAT5 into my but and i'll render it faster than IE
Seems like you have some solid proof on that one
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Originally Posted by serialtoon View Post
Seems like you need some solid proof on that one
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