Do macbook airs get slow after a while?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by SuperMiguel, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. SuperMiguel macrumors 6502

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    I have 13" MBA Mid 2011, and it seems like it is alot slower than when i purchase it .. does the SSD on it slow after a while??
     
  2. Beanoir macrumors 6502a

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    geek bench it and find out.

    Sometimes it may be clogged up with cr@p and slow down, but an SSD shouldn't really slow down over that short space of time like a traditional disc based hard drive can. It could just be placebo...
     
  3. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    One of t benefits of ssds is that they don't slow very much over time. Especially with TRIM enabled.
    Why don't you run a disk speed test and see what results you get?
     
  4. SuperMiguel thread starter macrumors 6502

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    geek bench the best test??
     
  5. IngerMan macrumors 6502a

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    GeekBench is fun to have but DiskSpeedTest is free from the app store. So why don't you start there.
     
  6. SuperMiguel thread starter macrumors 6502

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    geekbench doesnt test disk.. anyways i ran the 64bit of it and got:

    Geekbench score: 5973
    Processor integer: 4690
    Processor floating: 7889
    Memory Performance: 4853
    Memory Bandwidth: 6000

    And DiskSpeedTest:
    Read: 270
    Write: 250
     
  7. IngerMan macrumors 6502a

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    That looks very good. I have the i5 11" and get about 5100 Geekbench and my disk is samsung 240/250.
     
  8. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    that's faster than my Samsung drive.
     
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    Looks good to me!
     
  11. Stingray454 macrumors 6502a

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    You should also check the Activity Monitor and see if there's any app taking up more CPU that it should, that would slow the computer down. Also, if you have time machine enabled there might be indexing or backups slowing it down temporarily.
     
  12. Aquaduck04 macrumors member

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    I have a base level 11" macbook air from late 2010. 1.4 GHz and 2GB Ram.

    My disk speed test is outputting 180/140. That's much slower than other results posted. I don't notice it acting slow, but I'm wondering if there's something I can do to clean it up and make it go faster.

    PEACE
     
  13. roofz macrumors regular

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    Currently using a MBA 1,1 that's 50 months old. This computer has definitely been getting slower and slower on me
     
  14. Xikum macrumors 6502

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    A simple reformatting and re-installation of your OS might help.
     
  15. antonis macrumors 68000

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    This is not windows to reformat every 6 months, though. You should seek what is the reason of this slow down, since "slow down" is a very generic term at first place.

    For a start, check to see if there are any items at the startup tab of your account, in system settings. Or, when this slow downs happen, check activity monitor to determine if it's the cpu or the disk. If it's the cpu that causes the slow down, you will be able to see the process responsible and then decide.

    Even in case that it is the disk that works at full, the process that causes that should be normally on top of the cpu-intensive processes of the activity monitor.
     
  16. jclardy macrumors 68040

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    Don't worry about it, basically Apple uses two suppliers for SSD's for the Air and one is faster than the other in most tests. In real world performance the difference is milliseconds.

    As for the Air getting slower...I haven't noticed mine getting slower. Are you sure you have not added new applications to your workflow that are taking up extra CPU/RAM?

    Otherwise...could it be the fact that when you bought your air you were using a slow machine and after switching the air seemed immensely fast. Now since the air does not get faster over time, you got used to the "fast" speed and now it appears to be slowing down, but in reality it is the same you are actually just trying to do more at one time because you know it can handle it...
     
  17. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

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    And it feels slow? I'm on a 2011 air (11", the 1k$ model) and it writes ±150, reads ±200.
    Be sure to have at least 3gb free on your sad though, as if it gets full it can't use it as a virtual memory source (when the ram gets full, it uses the SSD as a ram replacement, and if that's full too it will be VERY VERY slow). Happened to me on boot camp, it ran out of ram and disk space and needed like 4 seconds for each action to be completed :rolleyes:
     
  18. convergent macrumors 68030

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    OK, so I was thinking my mid-2011 MBA felt like it had slowed a little so ran the Blackmagicdesign Disk Speed Test and getting around 204MBps write, and 87MBps read. That seems very low on the read side. Anything I can do to figure out what the problem is or test this?
     
  19. roofz macrumors regular

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    I did this 6 months ago, and once a year and a half before that. The 'getting slower' is simply inevitable
     
  20. questioner76 macrumors member

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    My 13" i5 is definitely a lot slower. I haven't installed anything new on it since the first couple of months I had it. It seems a bit sluggish now. Plenty of ram and nothing hogging the CPU either.
     
  21. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    My i7 13" seemed to be dog slow when doing internet related stuff...but the EFI update I received this morning seemed to have taken care of this. Thank God.
     
  22. ritmomundo macrumors 68000

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    I've also got a late 2010 11" MBA, with a bigger SSD than the base model but otherwise the same. Just for kicks, I installed this, and my disk speed test was 184/210.
     
  23. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    For curiosities sake here is my original Geekbench from July 21st 2011.

    Screen Shot 2012-02-24 at 11.38.56 AM.png

    And here is today.

    Screen Shot 2012-02-24 at 11.39.21 AM.png
     
  24. MasterTick macrumors 6502

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    Sorry to burst your bubble, but every operating system will slow down over time, even the mythical OS X.
     
  25. Chipg macrumors regular

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    That's about exactly what happened to my geek bench score, geek bench did have an update that might be calculating the scores a little differently? Not sure but I have heard others say that.
     

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