Xbench is useful not only for comparing the relative speeds of two different Macintoshes, but also for optimizing performance on a single machine. Xbench is accompanied by a website that allows graphical side-by-side comparison of any out of thousands of submitted benchmarks.

What's New:

· Corrected a mistake that caused the altivec test to be turned off on PowerPC machines
· Turned off coalesced graphics updates for all platforms on Mac OS 10.4.4 and higher
· Switched compiler to GCC 4.0 on PowerPC. This provides some boost to floating point and AltiVec scores, and these have been recalibrated accordingly. This also raises Xbench's system requirements to 10.3.9 or higher.
· Revised machine database to include the MacBook, Intel iMac and several other models
· Added code to dynamically load machine database on launch from the Xbench website
· Added support for temporarily turning off beam sync on Tiger while running graphics tests
· Fixed an issue that causes Xbench to fail to launch on Leopard
· Built with Xcode 2.4.

* Built as a Universal Binary to run on both PowerPC and x86 Macs
* Re-calibrated 100 point baseline to a 2.0 GHz G5 running Tiger
* Altered graphics code to flush only every 1/60th of a second, in order to cooperate with Tiger beam syncing
* Built Intel code on GCC 4.0, PowerPC remains on GCC 3.3 for 10.3 compatibility