I just bought a new iMac for my wife. Like my flash drive post, I’ll try to compare what’s in our home today against our first home PC.
I won’t make the same mistakes I did in that post. But I may make different ones.
Our first system was a standard PC with a Nanao 19″ monitor. It ran Windows 95, 98, 98 second edition, Me, and then I replaced it. Our current systems are a 17″ MacBook Pro and a 24″ iMac.
I don’t have our first system to benchmark against, but I do remember some salient hardware specs.
|Purchase year||1996||2008 – 2009||~12 years|
|Computers||1 desktop||1 laptop, 1 desktop||x 2|
|Total cost||$6,000, + printer||$6,000, + printer||same|
|GHz x # cores||.166||10.8||x 65|
|Graphics chips||1 slow poke||2 speedy chips||x lots|
|RAM speed||Don’t remember||667MHz, 800MHz||x 6?|
|Disk||4GB||506GB int. + 2TB NAS = 2.5TB||x 625|
|Disk speed||5400rpm?||1 5400rpm, 1 7200rpm||x 1.33? (desktop comparison)|
|Local network||10Mbit||1000Mbit||x 100|
|Internet||54Kbps||7Mbps down, 896Kbps up||x 130, x17|
|Screens||19″ Nanao CRT, 1024 x 768 max useable||1 17″, 1 24″ plasmas, both 1920 x 1200||x 5.9 pixels, – volume, – weight|
|Power||300W, I think||85W + 280W = 365W||x 1.22|
|Printer||Dedicated HP DeskJet color inkjet||Networked Samsung ML-2551N b&w laser||– color, + everything else|
For our first system, I don’t recall (and so cannot compare) disk caches, processor caches, motherboard I/O bus performance, graphics processor performance, or system MTBF. It was an ISA bus system, with then-standard serial, parallel, and video connectors out of the case. Today’s system are festooned with USB and FireWire connectors, a DVI connector, and an ExpressCard connector.