Making the switch

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by romo9, May 1, 2010.

  1. romo9 macrumors newbie

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    I am soon to be getting a MacBook Pro in about a month. Since I have always used PC's, although I am very excited, I am trying to gather all information possible to make the switch easy and be productive on the the new MacBook. I have a simple question, I know on windows when you have many things running at one time it tends to bog and slow down. Running things in the background are the issues I am getting at. Does running application and widgets in the background of a MacBook cause them to slow noticeably? Thanks ahead of time.
     
  2. iketeru macrumors member

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    it really depends on what kind of apps you're talking about. I multitask a good deal during work with my 3 year-old macbook, and I notice some slowdown sometimes. but that's when I'm running Excel, Parallels, Chrome, Transmission... I think OSX is pretty good compared to Windows, although I haven't had too much experience with Win 7.

    what apps are you planning to run? if you really can't afford any slowdown, maybe you should look into splurging on the SSD option. or you could always go to the store and start a few applications at once and see how that goes!
     
  3. romo9 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    nothing to fancy, I can afford slow down just trying to get a feeling of how it is going to run.
     
  4. a4209797 macrumors member

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    i have no problems running multiple things at once on win7. no matter what it is, i can develop software in netbeans (a hog), watch 1080p video, surf web, and have itunes downloading podcasts and not notice a slowdown. it's all up to your hardware.

    it's the same with macs, if you have good hardware you'll be fine. if you got one of the latest i7 or i5 MBPs you won't have a problem with multitasking.

    (i7 860 4GBram win7 64b)
     
  5. iketeru macrumors member

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    well, I'm guessing you won't have any problems then. I'd check out the store before buying, regardless.
     
  6. romo9 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    getting the i5..I have just always had problems with things running in the background like virus suites, anti-malware ect..obviously that wont be an issue with a mac thankfully
     
  7. FieryFurnace macrumors 6502

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    The whole multitasking thing really depends on your CPU. If your PC is only single core, no wonder you feel slowdowns when running multiply applications.
    Does your PC have a single core CPU?

    Any computer with at least a dual core (better yet quad core) will not be suffering from slowdowns when multitasking - not matter Win, OSX or Linux.
     
  8. romo9 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    have two dual core windows machines but the problems were more profound on my older computers
     

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