Lion vs Snow Leopard performance comparison?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by skadd, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. skadd, Jul 18, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2011

    skadd macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2010
    So, are there any Lion vs Snow Leopard speed/performance comparisons out there? You know, with graphs and all that. I can't find any.
  2. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    It hasn't even been released yet and you want graphs? :D

    All I can say is the HD3000 graphics are just a wee bit choppy at times. (But I hardly notice). Other than that, Things fly on my MBP13 (Early 2011).

    I upgraded to 8GB of RAM and this really helped.
  3. skadd thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2010
    I know the GM is out on various torrent sites, and developers got it, so one could hope.
  4. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

    Feb 26, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
    The NDA has not been lifted. No one will have any graphs yet:D
  5. skadd thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2010
  6. wankey macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2005
    I'm using the Golden Master and I can tell you that the graphical layer of Lion is ridiculously far faster than SL.

    Everything just has that iPad like smooth-ness to it. Transitions feel incredibly fast and smooth and that *tiny* bit of lag and stutterness of scrolling in SL that I got used to is now completely gone.

    And I'm using a 4th gen Penryn Alu MBP (the really old ones) so you can imagine what they stuff they have
  7. labaom macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2009
    I disagree Lion is overall more sluggish than SL. I have tried GM on a clean install on a partition.
  8. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    I did an upgrade and it's much more sluggish than SL is on 2010 i7 iMac with 12 gig of ram. I may nuke everything and try a clean install to see if that makes any difference.
  9. stefan1975 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    i tried both an upgrade and a clean install of lion on my 2010 MBP i5. In both cases lion was *much* slower then SL. using much more ram, graphical issues, stuttering and even freezing a few times.
  10. cool11 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2006
    When I came to 'mac' world, I was said that every new version of os, runs faster and better than the previous versions. Exact the opposite of what happens in 'windows' world in which every new version of os is heavier than older one.

    Now I hear most of you telling that lion is slower than snow leopard.
    I am really glad to hear people telling the truth, but this truth really hurts me.
  11. hehe299792458 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2008
    my anecdotal account:

    Lion slower than SL when upgrading
    Lion faster than SL when fresh installing
  12. wankey macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2005
    I did a clean install and it's vastly faster. I dunno what you guys did to your installation files.
  13. torbjoern macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    The Black Lodge
    I upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion, and it's notably faster although I didn't expect it to be.
  14. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    AnandTech will have their review out on the day Lion comes out (looks like tomorrow). I can't post any specific data yet but I would say there is very little to no difference, as expected.
  15. jive turkey macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2008
    Perhaps it is just me, but my system always feels sluggish for a few days after upgrading, but that subsides. I thought perhaps caches and other stuff just needed to be rebuilt, because after 10 or so hours of use I am always humming as fast as ever.
  16. Tom8 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2010
    I know this isn't strictly on topic, but how does the Resume feature compare when used on SSD to HDD, obviously i expect SSD to be faster. I have a 2010 MBP 13" with a 5400 rpm HDD, is there a considerable difference between boot times when using Resume, as opposed to not using Resume?

    I was under the impression Resume can be activated and deactivated, i might be wrong.
  17. harry20larry macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
    I have a 2008 (Aluminium) MacBook with 4GB ram, it is starting to lag a tad around the place, is Lion gonna make it annoyingly slow?

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