Lion vs mountain lion on speed

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by musio, Jun 3, 2012.

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    musio

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    To the people testing, are things any smoother? What's ram usage like compared to lion?
     
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    Since the last update iteration it's running smoothly on my system. Except for the mail app, which decides to change the server name any now and then.

    But in terms of speed, I am happy with ML.
     
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    so far so good, had a couple kernel panics from airport while I was sharing my internet connection through wireless

    Calendar app is so slow, especially if you add any repeated events everything will be like it is on slow mo.

    Sparrow will freeze on message search.

    Safari can be slow from time to time.

    Everything else is fine.
     
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    Working really well for me... Really impressed with how much of a step forward in stability DP3 was over DP2
     
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    Mountain Lion has given my Mac higher Geekbench scores than Lion did. The difference isn't much (maybe 5%), but it counts.
     
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    While that is good does it have a noticeable difference in real life?
     
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    My "seat of the pants" feeling is that ML is faster, smoother, and just overall more enjoyable. That said, there are a few bugs that keep me from using it as my daily OS. Hoping for the next preview to have these ironed out, if so after a two week trial or so, I may just load it up on my main MAC.
     
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    i haven't noticed any speed improvement compare with lion 10.7.4
     
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    musio

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    Looks like the consensus is that it's noticeably different to lion. I guess every new OS demands more
     
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    Prior to 10.7.4 it was no contest, but 10.7.4 drastically improved Lion.
     
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    I'm not sure that that's strictly true; newer OSes should be more efficient on the whole as the trend is towards faster startups of the OS and its apps, as well as better battery life, so all sorts of things are being optimised continually.

    The main area OSes have creeped up has been RAM, but Lion seems to have started a trend at Apple towards modularising more of the OS features into their own discreet processes, which means they can be kept closed until needed, so that saves on RAM and maybe some CPU performance.

    Otherwise the main area is GPU use, as OSes are still doing fancier things visually, which is generally a good thing if it leads to greater usability, but means more GPU time and VRAM spent on the OS.

    In Mountain Lion this seems to include some graphics enhancements that help to make things smoother similar to what Quartz etc. did in the past, presumably to make it even more friendly for touching and dragging. So things certainly seem smoother, more responsive, but in general I think things aren't much faster in practise, just a bit easier to use.
     
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    When I'm using Intel graphics, I definitely agree (except for the wicked slow spaces animation). However, my AMD card is operating slower than the Intel one right now in ML so the drivers are still abysmal.
     
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    Great reply hara. Just what I'm looking for. Even the less choppy graphics would be nice, in older cards especially. Time to stock up in ram anyhow:)
     
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    Preview app

    Hi all,

    can anyone tell me if the Preview app in Mountain Lion is very slow like in Lion ?

    Mine's in Lion is soooooooooooo slow !!!!!!!!!: mad:

    Thanks,

    Nuno
     

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