Mac OS X 10.6.3 vs. Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 Benchmarks

Last week we delivered the first of our Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 benchmarks to much anticipation, but now we have the results for Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6.3 operating system to tack in too. In the first part of that Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu Linux performance examination, we looked closely at the OpenGL gaming performance across six different systems and a whole slew of tests. More articles are on the way looking at the performance and later in the week we already delivered some initial disk benchmarks. However, now it is time to see how Microsoft Windows 7 Professional x64, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, and Apple Mac OS X 10.6.3 compete with one another.

In our Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 testing we used six test systems and could have just as easily turned that into a dozen or two dozen systems, but unfortunately with Mac OS X testing we don’t have that luxury. For this testing with Mac OS X in the mix we just had two systems — both were Mac Mini computers but of different generations. The older Mac Mini had Intel graphics while the newer one ran with the NVIDIA GeForce graphics. AMD was going to be submitting a Mac with ATI graphics for this comparison, but it had not arrived.

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