Lion vs Snow Leopard performance comparison?

skadd

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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.
 
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Steve's Barber

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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.
 

skadd

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I know the GM is out on various torrent sites, and developers got it, so one could hope.
 

wankey

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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
 

labaom

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I disagree Lion is overall more sluggish than SL. I have tried GM on a clean install on a partition.
 

richpjr

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I disagree Lion is overall more sluggish than SL. I have tried GM on a clean install on a partition.
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.
 

stefan1975

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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.
 

cool11

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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.
 

wankey

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I did a clean install and it's vastly faster. I dunno what you guys did to your installation files.
 

Hellhammer

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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.
 

jive turkey

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Mar 15, 2008
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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.
 

Tom8

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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.
 

harry20larry

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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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