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MacWindows Special Report: Running Windows 95 on a Macintosh.


This report studies the speed of running Windows 95 software on Macintosh using 2 software (emulation) solutions and 1 hardware solution. The study measured the effect of varying the amount of RAM allocated to the emulators, as well as varying the processor, including the new PowerPC G3 (also known as the PowerPC 750).

This report sponsored by Computer Currents.

Thanks to Newer Technology for the use of the MaxPower and MaxPower Pro processor cards.

In this report:

Products tested:

Connectix Virtual PC 1.0.1 with Windows 95, $149 (software)
Insignia Solutions SoftWindows 95 4.0.1, $199 (software)
Orange Micro OrangePC 536 w/Cyrix 166 MHz 686, 16 MHz RAM, Windows 95, $846 (an expansion card for PCI slot with software)

(See MacWindows Solutions for a brief description of these products with links to the manufacturers.)

Overall results and conclusions

The average of 13 real-world tests of Windows 95 software relative to the result of the OrangePC result.

From this data, we can conclude several things about Windows performance on Macs:

Additional observations:

Please see the full text review for more details.


Results for each of 13 tests (graphs)

Tests were conducted with Windows 95, the CorelDraw Suite, and Microsoft Office 97. The raw data for these tests can be seen in the table below.

The 13 graphs are displayed in two groups:

First set:

Second set:


Test setup and conditions

Hardware configuration:

PowerBook G3, 2xx MHz, 512 MHz level 2 cache, 32 MB RAM

Power Macintosh 7500

Hard drive: 3 GB Quantum hard drive.

RAM 48 MB in system

Level 2 RAM Cache: 512k

Processors:

132 MHz 604 Apple processor card
250 MHz 604e MaxPower processor card from Newer Technology, and a
250 MHz G3 MaxPower Pro processor with 512k backside cache.

NOTE: Connectix doesn't recommend running Virtual PC on anything slower than a 180 MHz 603e processor, which is why the 7500's original 601/100 processor wasn't tested.

The OrangePC card was tested with the slowest PowerPC processor, the 132 MHz 604.

System Software and Settings

Test Procedure


Raw Data

Time in seconds (smaller numbers indicate faster performance). Each number is the average of 3-to-7 test trials.

Mac/Processor

PowerBook G3

7500/G3/250

7500/604e/250

7500/604/132

Product

SoftWindows 95 4.0.1

Virtual PC 1.0.1

SoftWindows 95 4.0.1

Virtual PC 1.0.1

SoftWindows 95 4.0.1

Virtual PC 1.0.1

OrangePC

SoftWindows 95 4.0.1

Virtual PC 1.0.1

RAM for Product

24 MB

24 MB

24 MB

32 MB

40 MB

24 MB

32 MB

40 MB

24 MB

32 MB

40 MB

24 MB

32 MB

40 MB

16 MB

24 MB

32 MB

40 MB

24 MB

32 MB

40 MB

CorelDraw, Rotate 65°

2.60

3.03

1.87

1.83

1.84

3.30

2.62

2.39

3.20

2.25

2.21

3.28

2.96

2.63

0.91

3.43

3.30

3.40

4.83

4.09

4.07

Corel PhotoPaint Gaussian Blur

4.44

4.84

4.44

4.28

4.23

5.36

4.88

4.75

5.05

4.97

4.70

5.32

5.21

5.07

1.97

9.44

8.27

8.53

9.35

8.97

8.67

Windows 95 Find file "Northwind"

3.54

4.17

3.65

3.81

3.39

4.29

3.94

3.77

5.41

5.12

6.00

5.89

5.47

5.33

2.99

7.32

7.77

6.75

9.55

8.39

8.27

MS Access 97, Launch

7.14

6.86

6.02

5.79

5.47

9.84

7.56

7.08

6.92

6.54

4.67

9.66

8.56

8.41

3.77

9.54

9.51

8.05

15.30

12.76

12.47

MS Access 97, query

5.52

5.55

4.69

4.41

4.16

8.61

5.89

5.86

6.94

5.56

5.40

9.96

8.63

7.90

2.87

9.22

7.27

8.10

16.79

14.22

13.33

MS Access 97, query (crosstab)

7.94

8.62

7.39

7.19

7.23

11.53

9.58

10.27

10.82

9.96

9.76

14.44

13.92

13.53

5.06

14.81

14.78

13.71

24.19

22.72

21.47

MS Access 97, Report summary

10.60

9.82

9.77

8.85

9.00

12.33

10.95

10.40

13.50

11.75

12.41

17.40

15.32

14.92

5.86

18.74

16.35

17.37

27.65

24.92

23.70

Word 97, open file and launch

20.22

19.54

18.21

16.61

16.46

19.08

17.50

15.78

19.52

18.78

20.48

22.93

20.40

19.73

12.37

26.72

26.88

25.68

36.79

31.81

29.83

Word 97, scroll 50k charactors

14.58

15.76

18.09

17.77

17.66

17.21

17.09

17.28

16.28

15.94

16.21

19.12

18.96

19.41

10.84

17.89

17.84

17.53

30.23

28.80

27.76

Word 97, replace 720 words

3.91

4.40

3.98

3.10

3.04

5.02

3.93

3.49

4.76

4.19

4.00

5.68

5.46

5.31

2.06

7.74

6.46

5.93

8.81

8.83

8.00

Excel 97, launch and open

11.45

11.22

10.55

8.62

8.13

11.86

11.26

10.67

12.61

10.11

9.75

15.77

13.92

13.49

5.10

16.53

14.65

14.02

25.53

22.91

20.67

Excel 97, recalc. 100x100cells

2.51

2.10

2.42

2.08

2.22

2.40

2.25

2.32

3.10

2.63

2.68

2.89

2.61

2.72

1.32

4.96

4.26

4.69

4.94

4.50

4.43

Excel 97, create chart

3.10

3.51

2.92

2.45

2.43

3.97

3.45

3.48

3.49

2.99

2.98

4.57

4.52

4.22

1.82

4.28

3.58

4.09

7.23

6.72

6.20


Features:

Cost

Operating systems supported

Minimum Mac processor*

Sound

DirectX

MMX

Support of PC SCSI devices

Joystick support

Access c: drive from Finder

AppleGuide help of Windows or DOS

Connectix Virutal PC 1.0.1

$149 (With Win 95)

$69 (with PC-DOS)

DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows 95 Windows NT, OpenStep, and any OS that runs on Intel

180 MHz PowerPC 603 processor

Sound Blaster Pro

out only

No. (Emulates a video card that is incompatible with DirectX)

Yes

No

 

Mac joysticks

Yes

No

Insignia Solutions SoftWindows 95 4.0.1

$199

(With Win 95)

DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows 95

66 MHz 601 PowerPC processor

Sound Blaster Pro under Wind95, out only

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

Insignia Solutions RealPC (Not tested)

$79

(with MS-DOS)

DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows 95

 

66 MHz 601 PowerPC processor

Sound Blaster Pro and Sound Blaster 16, in and out

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mac joysticks

Yes

Yes

Orange Micro OrangePC 536 (with 166 MHz Cyrix 686)

$846

(With Win 95)

DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows 95 Windows NT, OpenStep

Any Mac with PCI expansion slot (NuBus discontinued)

Sound Blaster 16 in and out

Yes

Available at extra cost

Yes

Includes game port for any PC joystick

No

No
*Manufacturer's recomendation

See MacWindows Solutions for links to manufacturer sites and contact info.


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