Question for those of you who have Intel Macs - how long does it take to start up a MS Office application? A poster on another site reported 25 seconds with an Intel Mini, which seems ghastly long. Is this everyone's experience?
G4/1.3 ghz Cube, 20" iMac 2.16 ghz Core 2 duo, 1.42 mhz Mini, G4/1.33 15" AI PowerBook, G3/400 Pismo
15 secs cold boot. Once in RAM, 3 Seconds. Office v.X Microsoft Word.
I'm sure the poster on the other site was giving numbers of a cold boot. I mean, how many times would you launch Office in a day.. once it's open you don't even notice.
I think the key with Rosetta is going to be RAM. If you have enough.. Rosetta won't take such a hit. But if you're going to be paging the harddrive all the time to use apps under Rosetta.. it's going to take quite the performance hit.
The reason I chose the Intel iMac when I did is because I wasn't heavily dependant on PPC apps. Everything I use on the day to day basis is already Universal Binary. And, those PPC apps which I sometimes need.. run quite well under Rosetta, even faster than they were on my iBook. All in all, it was a great move for me.
I can confirm similar startup times for the first time after a cold boot (Intel core duo w/ 512 megs RAM). But if you're like me and you rarely reboot, you won't even notice this lag since, as Vexel pointed out, once it's in the RAM (even after completely quitting the app), the restart time is about 3 seconds.
Interesting postscript on my earlier note. Earlier today, I installed a second 512 MB stick of RAM on my new iMac. The difference is staggering. The combined effect of added memory plus running in dual-channel mode have completely eliminated the lag on running Word from a cold boot.