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My laptop vs. my desktop at work

by on Jul.25, 2007, under General

Though this by NO MEANS SCIENTIFIC.  It is interesting that I was working on getting stuff from work available on my laptop.  This includes my development environment with tomcat, apache ant, java, etc. etc.  While working on this, I got everything loaded, and discovered my laptop with a Core 2 Duo processor at 2.4Ghz running Mac OS X 10.4, smoked my desktop with a Pentium D 3.4Ghz CPU, 2gb ram in both, etc.  with my desktop running Linux.  A clean compile of all my source code, which is fairly extensive with libraries included, took about 6 seconds on my laptop (repeated tests), while it took 12 seconds on my linux desktop running an optimized version of ant (built on gentoo linux).

I gotta say it was very interesting to see that.  Now, I also gotta say, I'd love to see how my desktop would perform with a Core 2 Duo running at 2.4Ghz for a more adequate comparsion.  This also doesn't account for differences in visual settings, such as the time it takes to load an application on my desktop, etc.  But, it does mean my laptop is a more than viable alternative to my desktop for application development.  


2 Comments for this entry

  • Jim Daues

    a thought: were both builds using elements all on local drives, or did the desktop use some resource on a network somewhere?

  • Jason McIntosh

    Both builds were on local drives, both 7200RPM drives.  The big difference I think is the Core 2 Duo vs. the Pentium 4 D chip.  What I’d like to do is do some other benchmarks, with a larger codebase for example, as well as on two similar architectures (Santa Rosa chipset for example).  The source code was a clean checkout from a repository, so it was an exact duplicate of each other.  It would also be interesting to see how windows would perform with that same set of parameters.

    Assuming nothing else than it’s a difference in the processors, that does give ya an idea how much faster the Core 2 Duo processors are.

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