Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Psystar OpenMac / Xbench / Hardware

///not actual, look here: OpenMac it not true///

This is enormous, the first company to sell Leopard installed on non-Apple hardware! This looks like a clear violation of Apple`s End User License Agreement (EULA), but who cares! Lets check what we can get for our money!

OpenMac setup: $399
2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Processor
2GB of DDR2 667 memory
250GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
Integrated Intel GMA 950 Graphics
20x DVD+/-R SATA drive that is Lightscribe-capable
4 rear USB Ports

OpenMacPro setup: $999
2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Processor (3 Core 2 Quad chips to choose from)
2GB of DDR2 667 memory
150GB 10000RPM SATA Hard Drive
GeForce 8600GT 512MB
20x DVD+/-R SATA drive that is Lightscribe-capable
4 rear USB Ports

When we take a closer look at the hardware of OpenMac it looks very similar to MacMini, apart from 2.2GHz processor. At this setup everything should run smoothly as on a real mac. Intel GMA 950 is fairly easy to tweak under OSx86 as it is exactly the same card used in MacMini. Many hackintosh users say that hacks aren't that snappy as the real Mac, due to the hacked kernel. Since EFI (kind of BIOS for Apple computers) Hackintoshes running Core2Duo can load original Apple kernel so the processor performance shouldn't be an issue. Psystar let undecided users take a look at OpenMac Xbench`s results. The original Xbench results can be found here

Final score: 128.90

CPU: 139.49
Memory Test: 120.51
Quartz Graphics Test: 187.55
OpenGL: 238.07

The original MacMini (2GHz Core 2 Duo chip, 2GB of RAM for $899) scores around 90 points, so the difference is enormous! Plus the biggest hard drive you can get from Apple is 160 GB, which is under present standards. As we can see OpenMac brings good performance for fair price if you don't know how to install OSx86 yourself. If you already have your OSx86 system up and running, do a test and see how does your machine compares to original Apple Hardware like PowerMacG5:)

Macintosh benchmarking software Xbench (288kb) can be found here


You are probably looking for a working copy of Tiger or Leopard, ready to install on a "white box" pc. I can't give you a link to download it, so please don't even ask for it. This blog will inform you about working versions of OSX86. You have to find a copy yourself. (try some popular torrent sites)