- Jul 1, 2010
Yes, Snow Leopard is the fastest, smoothest OS that I have used. The response just feels quick and overall a good experience.I still use a Late 2006 24" iMac as a secondary Mac. Running OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion.
I would update it to Mavericks or El Capitan if I could, but those versions don't support 32-bit kexts like the ones for the iMac's Nvidia Geforce 7600GT, meaning no graphics acceleration.
Snow Leopard was / is faster than Lion and newer versions of MacOS on the same hardware.
I tested even the USB 2 copying on the Macbook Pro 2010 and compared it to other newer OS on other updated hardware systems with USB 3 and SL is faster on the older macbook pro 2010...surprising..
I went back to Snow Leopard on the Macbook Pro 2010 and dual boot to EL Capitan to use for newer programs. Lion worked ok and was able to switch back and forth with 32-bit and 64-bit on some programs, but for overall experience, Snow Leopard is smoother and faster. Snow Leopard looks dated now...but...justs works...