G4 Altivec performance
xlr8yourmac.com Notes that the G4 450 also beats a 1GHz Athlon in RC5 (not sure what it is exactly, some encryption stuff or so). I had noted earlier that the G4 beats the 1GHz Athlon in Photoshop filters, as soon as they are Altivec enhanced.
Shugashack finally has the facts on Transmeta's Crusoe chip family. As far as I can tell, this is quite a revolutoinary approach to microprocessing: The chips have a 128bit architecture and are fully software configured. With code morphing they can handle all current instruction sets and at speeds of 400-700MHz and only 1 Watt of power consumption, they have avery good start... That means it is the fastest mobile capable chip in the world today. And even better: IBM is a partner of Transmeta. Read all of it....and more:
Q3A in SMP
FiringSquad has a review of Quake 3 Arena on MP machines with SMP enabled drivers. See what FPS they get to get an idea what could be done in upcoming Mac OS X and Mystic G4s.
Mac OS 9.0.1
AppleInsider notes that "Minuet" has now reached state of final candidate. Once 9.0.1 is released, the way is free for Pismo, Mystic and the 17" iMac to come...