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Macpro overclocking tool

June 29, 2008 Leave a comment

ZDNet.de has released a tool for overclocking the Macpro. It’s not a perfect solution and raises some interesting points about how the Mac keeps time, so read the notes before using, especially on a first generation Intel Macpro.

The more interesting point is that this has been released at all. The PC overclocking field is well established but until now there has been little of interest for overclocking Apple Macs. It’s different in the hackintosh realm, where overclocking the Intel Core 2 Duo/Quad is well documented and common. My own hackintosh has been running an overclocked Core 2 Quad 6600 at 3Ghz (up from the stock 2.4Ghz) for several months. This is set from the Bios and doesn’t appear to have any effect on OSx’s timekeeping ability.

Read the article and download the overclocking tool at ZDNet.de

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New iPhone wallpaper

January 28, 2008 2 comments
My other Mac’s a MonsterI though I would upload a few Apple themed wallpapers for the iPhone/iPod touch this week, so here’s the first one. In the spirit of all those crappy ‘my other car’s a Ferrari’ stickers, this one’s for those suffering Mac Pro envy. I’ve also uploaded a simple template for anyone wanting to make their own, see the wallpapers page to download it.

Who makes my next Computer?

January 27, 2008 2 comments

hackintoshIt’s the time of year when I take a look at my computer and ask if I want to upgrade anything. My Macbook (first generation 1.83Ghz) has been fairly solid for the year and a half since I got it. Sudden shutdowns were the biggest problem, and after six weeks of use it was off to Apple for a mystery repair. Apple said they replaced a cable and a bracket but the machine came back with a different hard drive as well. Around six months ago the dying battery was replaced for free, but then half the world seems to have suffered from defective batteries.
The source of this latest round of upgrade angst is Geekbench. It’s a processor benchmarking program that lets you compare processor performance in any supported operating system. I tested the VideoPC (Windows XP, Dual Xeon 2.4Ghz) and got a result of 1560. The Macbook was a surprise (Mac OS 10.5.1, Core Duo 1.83Ghz) returning 2304. I still use the VideoPC for a range of video editing tasks, but it’s a noisy power hungry beast. If the Macbook is 50% faster I would be better served moving all my work to the Macbook. especially since UK energy prices are going through the roof.
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Apple unveils new 8 core Mac Pro’s

January 9, 2008 Leave a comment

Mac pro I know the future is meant to be parallel processing rather than brute Mhz force, but just how usefull is an 8 core computer? With the announcement of it’s updated 8 core Mac Pro, Apple appears to be embracing ridiculously multi-core for the professional creative’s.
That’s very nice for those that can afford these monstrously powerful machines, but most of us want an affordable upgradable Mac that costs under a grand. Sure, the iMac is very sexy but limited in its upgrade potential. Mini, Macbook and Macbook Pro are out, so the cheapest upgradable Mac is the £1,429.00 Quad core 2.8Ghz. That might be a fair price for the power and design on offer, but Mrs Basshead is never going to agree to it. If only Apple would release a Core 2 Duo Mac Pro for the magic £999.99……….

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