Quake4 macbook benchmarks

I recorded a short multiplayer demo (recordnetdemo demo1 / stopnetdemo) on a public server – there were 5 or 6 other players (quake4 performance falls off pretty quick as you add players). The demo was recorded on my slowest-performing machine, so it’s really clusmy, so I won’t be posting it. It’s still useful as a standard for comparison.

I tested three configurations: powermac g5 running os x, macbook running os x, macbook running xp sp 2

The machine specs are:

Model CPU RAM Video Card VRAM
Powermac G5 Dual 2.3 GHz PowerPC G5 2.5 GB ATI Radeon 9650 256 MB
Macbook Pro Intel Core Duo 2.0 GHz 2 GB ATI X1600 256 MB

Each machine used low quality settings and was running at 640 x 480.

To do the benchmark, ‘playnettimedemo demo1’ on each of the configurations. The result shown in the console is the average number of frames per second drawn throughout the demo. Higher numbers are better.

Model OS Timedemo FPS
Powermac Mac OS X 10.4.6 23.69 fps
Macbook Pro Mac OS X 10.4.6 30.35 fps
Macbook Pro Windows XP SP 2 34.31 fps

I expected the windows number to be a bit higher, but it’s still enough of a difference that it’s worth maintaining a windows partition on the macbook. In 1v1 matches, the performance on the macbook is good enough to keep the fps pegged at 60 (which is the target in quake4 – there is not a magic framerate that lets you jump further like in quake3. info).

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3 Responses to Quake4 macbook benchmarks

  1. blackmagic says:

    My guess is video driver quality.

  2. khalinche says:

    I don’t pretend to understand any of the computer stuff, but Billy the Mountain is fucking spectacular.

    • dre says:

      Yes! I love it. I have two versions. One that’s 24:47 from “Just Another Band From L.A.”, and another that’s 30:26 from “Playground Psychotics”. The extra 5 minutes or so are mostly a pretty kickass rhodes solo. Obviously the narrative is very detailed and specific, but there still are lots of fun differences between the two. Need to find more versions… Studabaker Hawk’s intro song is the best :)

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