i5 / i7 Owners: How Long to Open MS Word?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Mac In School, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. Mac In School macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    I just timed how long it took to open MS Word 08 on my 2.53 Unibody MBP.

    How long does it take to open on a new Quad-Core iMac?

    Just curious.

  2. 53x12 macrumors 68000


    Feb 16, 2009
    Apple advertisement: "Buy a new i7 because waiting that extra second to open WS Word just hurts too much." :p
  3. Apple!Fre@k macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2006
    On my 2.16GHz iMac, it takes precisely 94 seconds. :eek:
  4. RexTraverse macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2008
    On my 3 year old, 2GHz Core Duo MacBook Pro, it takes 13.5 seconds. Methinks there's something else eating up processor power on your iMac.
  5. kfscoll macrumors 65816


    Nov 3, 2009
    It took four seconds to open Word using my very unscientific "one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand" test on my i7 iMac. Once it had been cached, it took less than two seconds. Word took seven seconds to open on my early 2009 C2D 2.66GHz 24" iMac using the same testing method.
  6. Alan64 macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2009
    I assume you're talking about opening it in Bootcamp?
  7. Goldie009 macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2009
    With aMSN, firefox, BBC iPlayer, Ical and Mail all open on my 2 1/2 year old macbook 2.2 ghz it took approx 15 seconds to open the first time round. Then 7 seconds to open it the second time.

    Hope that helps. And it's word for mac, not booting in windows or anything like that.
  8. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006

    Not sure why you would want to write text in Word to begin with ;)
  9. norsemen macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2007
  10. RexTraverse macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2008
    All the Office apps in Windows are friggin speed demons. Given my Pentium 4 from work can launch Word 07 in about a second or less from a cold boot, I don't think the OP would have had any concerns about start up times in Bootcamp regardless of the processor.
  11. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    Used 2.76 sec to open word, but i've already opened it earlier today.
    After a reboot I guess word takes about 10 sec to start.

    Not that I reboot my comp often. 21 days up now.
  12. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    dont know i dont have ms office 2008

    but opening my office 2004 then word takes exact 13seconds on the emac g4
    and 17 on my imac g3 on the imac it had never been opened before
    i can wait that log its not that i would grow grey hair in that time

    but the one taking 94 seconds should really close some of the 200 apps open at the same time when try to clock how long ms office takes to open

    but does that mean the advantage of spending 2000 dollars on a new mac brings me only a couple seconds on opening word , i guess not a good selling point :confused:
  13. Jiten macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2008
    I believe that speed Word or other applications open will depend much more on the speed of the Hard Drive rather then the CPU. I have a pokey 2.0 Mac Mini that opens Word in 2 seconds because it has a Intel SSD inside.
  14. stonemann macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2009
    It takes 7 seconds on my five and a half-year old Powerbook G4 12" 1.33 ghz (single core) to open Word 2008. What is the big deal?
  15. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    4 seconds from click to new document. :D (Clean boot)
  16. Sekots macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2008
  17. CristobalHuet macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2008
    Takes 3 seconds to load Pages on my Penryn 3.06 4GB ram iMac.
    Takes 15 to load up Word.

    Microsoft lulz. The slowest app by FAR on my Mac.

    PS: I know this isn't i5 or i7, wish I could have one. :eek:
  18. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    11 seconds on the MBP in my sig. this the first open, after it has been cached it takes about 4 seconds. turning off WYSIWYG menus in the preferences makes it take about 3-4 seconds.

    im thinking its not the CPU that makes it launch faster, but mainly your RAM size and speed and hard drive speed.
  19. NJRonbo macrumors 68010

    Jan 10, 2007
    Just at or under 2 seconds on an i7.

    I mean, it opened immediately.
  20. Techhie macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2008
    The hub of stupidity
    That's because the majority of the code in the Office Suite is still PPC based, even though MS half-assedly wrote only the extremely important bits in x86.
  21. RexTraverse macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2008
    Gonna be a Microsoft apologist a little bit here. I think that saying that Microsoft half-assed Office 2008 isn't fair to the folks at MacBU. Those folks bust their butts on a constant basis to provide the best quality product they can all while being severely understaffed and overworked, trying to maintain as much feature parity with the significantly bigger Office for Windows team. Dropping support for essentials like Visual Basic and not being able to optimize the code in Office 08 for Intel processors - I'd say the MacBU did the best frigging job they could under pretty crappy circumstances.

    It would be better criticism to say Microsoft isn't willing to invest the time or resources into properly making Office for Mac.
  22. 300D macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2009
  23. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    3 Seconds tops on my Macbook Pro (thanks to the SSD). I'll test my i7 tomorrow, but likely will be longer. The SSD is faster than any gains from a processor.
  24. JamesGorman macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    It really has nothing to do with Processor or ram for that matter. The only way ram would make a difference is if you didn't have very much free to begin with because you either A) dont have enough or B) you have a lot of other programs open. Opening Apps really falls on the speed of your HDD.

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