Macbook Pro Optimization

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ELA2, May 14, 2011.

  1. ELA2 macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2011

    Without reading a gazillion threads, what are the best things I can do softwarewise to get the best performance out of my macbook both in os x and windows 7.

  2. Prodo123 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2010
    Please read a gazillion threads before posting another duplicate thread to an already-answered question.
    Software-wise, not much.
    Defrag daily, even multiple times a day, since you probably carry it around.
    Do not run many background processes.
    DO NOT USE NORTON OR MCAFEE. They are crap that slows your computer down. Kaspersky, on the other hand, is OK. Use Avast or AVG for PC, and Sophos Antivirus for Mac. Both are free and lightweight.

    Hardware-wise, TONS FASTER.
    7200RPM HDD
    8GB+ RAM
    Thermal Grease Exchange
  3. mediasorcerer macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2010
    windows= mz7 ultimate tools,
    process lassoo
    smart utility-v2
  4. GGJstudios, May 14, 2011
    Last edited: May 14, 2011

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You've already asked this question in another thread and received an answer. For Mac OS X, you don't have to do anything to make it run well. Just use it.
    This is absolutely not necessary at all for Mac OS X. For Windows, defragging daily is a foolish recommendation. It needs to be done very infrequently.
    Correction: do not run background processes that you don't need or want.
    Antivirus is completely unnecessary to protect Mac OS X. Sophos is definitely not recommended, as it can make a Mac more vulnerable. There has never been a virus in the wild that affects Mac OS X since it was released 10 years ago. The handful of trojans that exist can be easily avoided with some education and common sense and care in what software you install:
  5. Macsavvytech macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2010
    Correction Only background processes you need.
    Will not comment on what checks for WINDOWS viruses the best, however none are necessary for your Mac. Let Windows users cop up their money/computer resources on Anti-Virus not you.
    Little difference, consider a SSD.
    Yes, yes and yes.
    Not necessary unless you use virtual machines or run many many many high programs at the same time. Otherwise wont change anything.
    Great Way to void your warranty.
    Another great way to void your warranty unless in Windows and even then only useful for gaming.
  6. ELA2 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2011

    Yeah I know I saw and contributed to the post on keeping the computer running efficiently. Actually I should have been a little more specific. I'm really talking about the GPU. Are their better graphics drivers for OS X and Windows 7 other than the ones provided? I saw something about this in another post but didn't quite understand?

    Also with those who have experienced Lion, is it a more streamlined OS meaning a performance increase?

  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Your original post didn't give that impression at all.
    Again, I won't speak for Windows, but why would you think there would be better drivers than what Apple installs?
    There is a whole forum dedicated to Lion. You'll find lots of Lion-related answers here: Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
  8. socialmarker macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2011
    Wow, I didn't know about this. Thank you guys for the info :D
  9. makaveli559m macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2012
    MacBooks have an issue with the gpu throttling staying on high settings, that in turn also heats up the cpu because they in the same area of the board, I suggest you find a program to force Windows 7 to downclock the gpu when not in high use.

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