So I've got three computers sitting here in front of me. The first one is a hackintosh running 10.5.5 with a P4 3.0GHz, etc, etc. The second running Windows 7 with a PentiumD 3.0GHz. The third, a MacBook running 10.5.5 and XP. I've run bandwidth tests on Speedtest.net, only to find really different results. On the hackintosh I get speeds of around 28 mb/s, consistently. On the Windows 7 box, I get only around 16 mb/s. I have identical wireless cards in each, and the processors are similar enough to warrant similar results. And then running XP on the MacBook, I get only about 4 mb/s down. Running 10.5.5, I get about 21 mb/s. I understand the discrepancy between the XP and OSX on the MacBook, but between windows and OSX on two different machines, that seems a little absurd.
So three machines, three different operating systems:
MacBook on XP: 4mb/s
MacBook on OSX: 21mb/s
Hack on OSX: 28mb/s
Box on Windows7: 16mb/s
I'd like to think that it's the operating systems making the difference here. Anyone else see similar results??