is leopard going to slow down my mbp?

greenbreadmmm

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This might be a dumb question if so kindly ignore it. i got the new sr mbp. So when i get leopard i know its going to take advantage of 64 bit and multiple cores, so.... does that mean since its using more of my computer it will make other things slower, or is it just going to be more efficient and actually make things faster? I dont know what to expect. Thanks
 

Aea

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This might be a dumb question if so kindly ignore it. i got the new sr mbp. So when i get leopard i know its going to take advantage of 64 bit and multiple cores, so.... does that mean since its using more of my computer it will make other things slower, or is it just going to be more efficient and actually make things faster? I dont know what to expect. Thanks
No, no, no...

Since Leopard will be 64-Bit it will be able to squeeze more power out of every cycle, thus it will actually run faster. This doesn't mean it will slow things down, it will be faster. Plus, OSX is remarkably efficient, you can OSX on machines I wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole, although it seems that the requirements are (understandably) always moving up :)
 

Bluefusion

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Everyone says Leopard is quite a bit faster, especially on Intel.

I have a Powerbook G4, so I'm just hoping it isn't slower for me (a much more likely issue)
 

mozmac

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By using the extra processing power, it will not slow your computer down. You have processing power sitting dormant. That is exactly what will make it more efficient. Right now your processors are sitting there However, with the processors working more, the laptop will burn hotter, as if it isn't hot enough right now.
 

Aea

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May 23, 2007
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However, with the processors working more, the laptop will burn hotter, as if it isn't hot enough right now.
I may be wrong, but I don't see how running 32-bit vs 64-bit will cause it to run hotter, I wasn't aware that different instruction sets run faster.
 

jdechko

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Plus on modern machines Apple (somehow) manages to make each version slightly faster than the previous. I would imagine that with Leopard, anyone with a G5 or Intel machine will realize these gains (more significantly than others).
 

Krevnik

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Supposed to be quite a bit faster on Intel Macs .. :)

I do hope so !!
Overall, it isn't that much faster. Does a better job of being uniformly responsive though, rather than having some things go really smooth, and others randomly beachball.
 

Mgkwho

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I sure hope it's faster. I am definitely noticing [some] lag on my less-than-one-year-old 17" MBP.

-=|Mgkwho
 

armani

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Jul 20, 2007
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No, no, no...

Since Leopard will be 64-Bit it will be able to squeeze more power out of every cycle, thus it will actually run faster. This doesn't mean it will slow things down, it will be faster. Plus, OSX is remarkably efficient, you can OSX on machines I wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole, although it seems that the requirements are (understandably) always moving up :)
How about the games I run now? When it will be 64 bit, will it be a problem?