Another Mac Newbie Question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MRyanCA, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. MRyanCA macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2008
    Hey Guys,

    I was wondering about a Mac's performance over time.

    You know how PC's, over time, don't seem to run as fast as they did the day they came out of the box. I presume this is because of spyware among other things.

    Do Mac's suffer this problem, or will they perform at the same speeds months and years after I purchase it?

  2. rhyx macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2008
    They can slow down over time, but certainly not to the degree Windows does.
  3. Sorkvild macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2007
    My mac is 6 years old and with each major operating system upgrade it actually runs faster :cool:

    The only things that slows a mac down really is not having enough RAM and running lots of things at once.
  4. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    Performance slowdowns just don't happen to any meaningful degree compared to your average PC.

    I've used some iMacs that were a few years old and still ran like they were new machines! They truly do take care of themselves. :)
  5. fivepoint macrumors 65816


    Sep 28, 2007
    PC's slowing down over time is because of a few things:
    1) Hard drive being filled up.
    2) Newer, more processor/memory intensive applications being run.
    3) More software being run without your consent. (apps running at startup without you telling them to)
    4) Viruses and other bloatware.

    The most important of these -- and the one that macs don't have to deal with -- is #4. There are NO VIRUSES ON THE MAC.

    Also important, and also generally not happening on macs, is #3. I am not saying it can't happen, only that mac developers seem to stray away from this more than pc developers.

    The rest can happen on either machine, but because these two are generally avoidable by the user, you can hardly blame the computer.

    The bottom line? Get a mac, and don't download a lot of "CRAP" and you should be fine.
  6. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    The awesome invention of the Windows Registry is another reason why PC's get so slow over time. Also, the services that run at startup will slow it down like crazy. You can easily have 20 different services trying to run at startup on a PC.
  7. soccersquirt82 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2008
    To keep your Mac performing the best, take it into the Apple store for the yearly tune-up. This defragments files and will make it go faster. They use DiskWarrior which costs $99.
  8. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    You don't really need to take it in. OS X defragments on a regular basis without any effort on your part. Just take your Mac in if it gives you any trouble. :)
  9. arogge macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2002
    I have noticed the same thing with the Macs and my Linux box. The problem is software developers who seem to ignore efficiency in their software code. They rely on the speed increases in CPUs and RAM, more graphics RAM, faster buses, and bigger hard drives.

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