Video: The Fastest Apple Mac is an Amiga – Fact or Fiction?
RetroManCave is on a quest to find out if the Commodore Amiga using Fusion could outclass 68k Apple Mac computers. Every Amiga system had up to 640×400 resolution in 16 colors, and as many as 4096 colors in lower resolutions. It had 4 channels of 8-bit digital sound, 2 left and 2 right in stereo output at sampling rates of up to 28kHz. It had a fully preemptive multitasking operating system that integrated the video and audio capabilities, and offered both a graphic user interface and a text-mode command line. The CPU was a Motorola 68000 running at 7.16MHz. It had 512KB of memory. There was an expansion bus connector on the side, and any provision for adding a hard disk would have to be connected to that bus. The Macs of the time were the Mac Plus, Mac II, and Mac SE. The Mac Plus and SE had a 512×342 screen with only black or white pixels. The Mac II had a color graphics card that could produce resolutions up to 640×480 or 512×384 mode and depending on video memory installed could display any colors from among 16,777,216 possibilities on the lower resolution and 256 of them on the higher resolution. The Macs had only a single 8-bit digital audio channel. The Plus and SE had a Motorola 68000 CPU running at 8MHz, and the Mac II had a 68020 running at 16MHz. They all had 1MB of memory. The Mac II and SE had the ability to hold an internal hard disk, and the Mac Plus had an external SCSI port for attaching an external hard disk. The Mac operating system only offered the graphic interface, and while the introduction of MultiFinder allowed multiple applications to be loaded, they had to either invoke a wait state or be purposefully switched out by the user before another one could be actively running.