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Buy the Numbers - 01 Jun 1996

We compared the FirePower MX to a Telos 100-MHz Pentium with 64MB of RAM, IPC Technologies PowerPlay 604/100 (a 100-MHz PowerPC with 32MB of RAM--another machine using a FirePower system board), and a Motorola PowerStack (a 133-MHz PowerPC 604 system with 64MB of RAM). All machines ran under Windows NT Workstation 3.51.

The test consisted of a timed Microsoft Test 3.0 script running Elastic Reality from Avid Technology, a true 32-bit morphing and warping program that has been ported to all four NT platforms (Intel, PowerPC, MIPS, and Alpha). I used the program's stock images of George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant as they appear on US currency and morphed the image of Washington to the image of Grant to create a composite image that shared the features of both. I saved the resulting transformation to an .avi file. Calculated test time includes program load, morphing and rendering, and saving to the .avi file. Graph A shows the test runtime on each of the four machines.

Contact Info
Avid Technology * 608-273-6585
IPC Technologies * 512-339-3500
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