What Did They Expect?

I first came across this article “Speed of Apple Intel dev systems impress developers” yesterday on the CNET site, talking about how impressed some software developers were with the speed of Mac OS on Intel platforms that Apple is making available to help with their transition to the new hardware platform. Two thoughts came to mind, almost immediately (given that I was still on my first cup of coffee when I saw it):

  1. Given the reported specs for the box (quoted as 3.6 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor with 2 MB L2 Cache, 800MHz front-side bus, 1GB of 533MHz DDR2 Dual Channel SDRAM, and an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900), wouldn’t almost anything be fast?
  2. 10 seconds from Apple logo to desktop? OK, maybe that is fast…