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Matlab on Macos X

Posted by Ed on April 5, 2004

I’ve just run the Matlab bench test on my Powerbook (15-inch Combo drive, 1GHz G4, 512MB RAM), with the following results:


And here’s the breakdown per task:


Quite respectable results really, but I did have to start it with -nojvm. Without that, it just hangs when it gets to the 3D test. No idea why. Also can’t quite see why it says a Dual G4 is slower, but the amount of RAM is not specified and that machine used a GEForce4 graphics card, as opposed to the ATI Radeon 9600 in my Powerbook.


7 Responses to “Matlab on Macos X”

  1. Just for reference, here are the results of the Matlab 6.5 benchmark on my work PC, a P4 2.4GHz, 1G ram, GeForce4 Ti4600:

    The benchmark results graph:

    The benchmark breakdown:

    I would very much like to see the results on a Centrino based laptop! Benjamin, mind taking your new Asus M6000 for a spin? 🙂

  2. Well ok, Charl, here they are:

    I also used the -nojvm option. The first test was on my desktop at work, a Dual AMP MP 1.2 GHz, with 1 GB of RAM and a GeForce 3:

    Result graph:


    Next, on my laptop with a 1.6 GHz Centrino, 512 MB of RAM and an ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 (and with a different matlab version):

    The graph
    and the details

  3. The updated results are available. I updated the bench.dat file to the newest version (6.5R13) instead of the one I had installed (6R12). Comparing should be somewhat easier now. There are some strange errors though in the 3D benchmark, something about “Unrecognized OpenGL version”… But hey, what the heck! The results look great! 🙂

  4. Ed said

    But now you’re comparing apples with oranges, aren’t you? You’re comparing the results of bench6R12 on your Centrino with bench6.5R13 on the other platforms. Or have I misunderstood?

  5. Ed, it seems Benjamin brought the version of bench on his laptop more or less in line with what we’re running. The fact of the matter is that that Benjamin’s Banias 1.6GHz is faster than my desktop P4 2.4GHz by a *significant* margin with the Matlab benchmarks.

    In spite of the ultimate prettiness of the PowerBook, I’m going to treat myself with a Centrino laptop I think.

  6. Ed said

    It’s almost as fast as my desktop at work (P4 3GHz, 1GB RAM). Very impressive.


  7. Henk-Jan said

    Benjamin showed me the impressive benchmark results of his Centrino laptop the other day. This made me curious how my AMD 64bit processor would perform. So I ran the benchmark. The results: (AMD3200+,512,Radeon 8500)


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