Low End Mac Benchmarks

Quadra 630

a.k.a Peforma 630, LC 630

Dan Knight - 1999.05.15 - Tip Jar

The Quadra 630, a.k.a. LC 630 and Performa 630 series, uses a 33 MHz 68040 CPU, just like the Quadra 650. To keep costs down, the 630 was the first desktop Mac to use an IDE hard drive. In this case, the mechanism is an Apple-branded Quantum LPS270A formatted with Apple HD SC Setup 7.3.5.

The drive was tested with Norton and optimized before benchmarking.

Remember that benchmarks are arbitrary. They measure certain types of performance that may or may not reflect the way you work.

Speedometer 3.06

The 630 was not tested with Speedometer 3.

Speedometer 4.02

The system was tested on 15 May 1999 under System 7.5.5. Computer attached to a 14" color monitor and tested in 8-bit video mode. Results are relative to a Quadra 605, which rates 1.0. Numbers rounded off to two decimal places.

These numbers compare performance at different cache settings.

cache  CPU  graphics  disk    math
 32KB  1.18   1.13    2.01   19.81
 64KB  1.18   1.11    2.03   19.86
128KB  1.18   1.11    1.87   19.82
256KB  1.18   1.11    1.89   19.84

The cache setting should have little influence on non-disk tests, which these numbers bear out. As above, with this particular setup, cache size very little difference - the drop is only about 5% between the highest and lowest scores.

Compared with the Quadra 650, which also has a 33 MHz 68040, but uses a SCSI hard drive, the 630 offers virtually identical performance. Since Mac users long considered IDE drives inferior to SCSI drives, this is good to know.

Go to the Quadra 630 profile.

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