By Mark Kyrnin
Graphic Editing Test
For this test I used the GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) version 2.2.10 that is available for both operating systems. This is not a Universal application for Mac and runs with Rosetta. In addition, I downloaded a popular script called warp-sharp to cleanup photographs. This along with the artistic Old Photo script from the GIMP program were used on a single 5 megapixel digital photograph for comparison.
Old Photo Script
In this test, we are seeing a 22% and 30% faster performance from the application running in Windows XP over Mac OS X. Since the application does not use the hard disk at all during this process, the performance gap is likely attributed to the fact that the code has to be translated via Rosetta.