Snow Leopard vs Leopard Benchmarks

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Aug 29, 2009.

  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
    I guess just having a performance boost when upgrading, as opposed to a drop, is pretty good. I do notice that it is a little snappier. Nothing mind blowing, but it's nice to see it tuned up.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    so the 64bit is the 64bit kernel being booted right? Is there a way to get my MB to boot? I've tried editing the plist and the 6,4 no go.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    Three percent? I really don't think I'd notice. Going to 64-bit promised a lot more than that.

    And so far it appears they failed miserably. I've attempted four different projects with Logic and each one has crashed.
  6. macrumors 68030

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    64-bit didn't actually promise anything-- a lot of people overly excited about 64 being twice as big as 32 promised things. There's very little reason to expect 64-bit to make much of a difference-- particularly after generations of code optimized for 32 bit systems.

    Leopard already gained most of the performance benefits of 64-bit anyway.

    The performance benefit of Snow Leopard isn't going to show up in benchmarks like this-- the benefits are in cleaning the code, Grand Central, OpenCL, better use of multiprocessing, etc.

    Floating point and integer performance are going to be nearly identical-- I'd throw the 3% improvement to statistical errors, or SL doing a better job of load balancing so the benchmark app gets fuller use of it's CPU.
  7. macrumors newbie


    Jul 4, 2008
    Was that with the new Logic 9? Or with Logic 8?
  8. macrumors 603


    When you get right down to it a point release for an OS is a marketing decision more than a technical one. Apple has incremental upgrades to a stable base of apps and resources and features of an OS generally backward compatible 3-4 generations of hardware. OS 10.6 reduces that to two. This indicates YA philosophical break similar to 8.6 (040), 9.2 (G4) and 10.4 (C2D). Now 10.6 (?).

    So if I were a hardware user I would make sure I had a stable platform in my current production OS and plan on a radical hardware and OS upgrade in a year or so.

    Oh, wait, I am a hardware user. I run an OS 8.6 box, two 9.2 boxen, two 10.4.11 boxen, zero 10.5 boxes because I hate instability, and look forward to 10.6.3 and some VERY interesting hardware which 10.6 exploits in mid-2010. I am preparing my PO.

    If I had an old 10.x box I would update it to 10.4.11. Oh, wait, I do.


  9. macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    Oh, those are just GeekBench benchmarks. I thought it would be something real-world.

    Using Handbrake, encoding the same 22 minute video took 23 minutes on Leopard and 18 on Snow Leopard. However, there was a restart (of course) in there, and that seems to help Handbrake to run better.
  10. rrl
    macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2009
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2006
    Any reports on improvements to the Finder? More multi-threading?
  12. macrumors 601


    Jan 13, 2002
    Multithreaded and re-written in Cocoa - more responsive overall.
  13. macrumors member


    Aug 11, 2009
    I agree! I used it at my cousins house. The boot up times are quicker. Applications/finder/spotlight load up faster. The quicktime screen capture feature is great for recording tutorials and guides. More has been done 'under the hood' rather than appearance and features. It makes Leopard feel like windows vista lol.

    Well worth the upgrade.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2003
    Central NY
    Yeah, I'd be interested in knowing that too. I've decided to hold off upgrading right away. Though, research into app compatibility (the specific ones I use) indicate I should be all set. Though your comment about Logic crashing has me concerned, as it contradicts the information I found.

    More OT, anybody using Logic Pro 9 notice an increased performance?

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