OS X Yosemite vs Windows 10 beta performance

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by bcam117, May 15, 2015.

  1. bcam117, May 15, 2015
    Last edited: May 15, 2015

    bcam117 macrumors member

    May 1, 2012
  2. walkie macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
  3. bcam117 thread starter macrumors member

    May 1, 2012
    Oops, my bad. Thanks for the heads up. Pretty sure there is another post with this now, but I did post it first :p If only I inserted the links in correctly.
  4. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    This is certainly a very real problem. Part of it stems from the fact that retina scaling on OSX is fundamentally more taxing than the way it is done in Windows. Also, the transitions OSX uses are more complicated than Windows. Even with these challenges, there is no reason why such powerful GPUs that can run Starcraft II at 60fps can't smoothy render a relatively simple UI.
  5. bcam117 thread starter macrumors member

    May 1, 2012
    Could anyone explain how windows does scaling vs OS X? Honestly like, I don't know but I'd like to find out.
  6. steve23094, May 16, 2015
    Last edited: May 16, 2015

    steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    I'm sure you're right, but scaling in Windows 8.1 is absolutely pants. Text, borders and windows all over the place overlapping and what not. At least OS X handles Retina effectively, but this comes as no surprise considering Apple handles both hardware and software.

    I haven't tried Windows 10 yet but I'm hoping they have finally fixed it.

    EDIT: After reading the page linked on this thread it looks like scaling is still borked in Win10.
  7. dieseltwitch macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2008
    The second to last sentence... Who cares if mission control run at 60fps? I never even use it. Cmd+space... If I was building an OS I would devote resources to more important things. I don't care if windows run at 300FPS it overall interface is so stupid, clumsy and pointless. When I install windows I spend most of my time removing all the stuff that makes windows "new"...
  8. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    OSX example:
    The 15" native display is 2880x1800. When you scale up to it looking like hidpi 1920x1200, the computer renders at 3840x2400 regardless of the resolution of your actual display. So, the computer has to work harder.

    Windows example:
    The same 15" computer renders at 2880x1800 regardless of the scaling setting.


    Well, it's really the fault of the application developers. OSX's implementation is easier for a developer to implement, but it is also fundamentally worse performance. All the Windows applications made by Microsoft do scaling properly and they behave correctly when scaling is applied. Long-term, when everyone eventually designs for proper hi-dpi support, OSX's implementation will have no benefits over Windows' way of doing things. Hopefully 10.11 improves things.
  9. pickaxe macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2012
    Regardless of the way OS X does scaling, I have to point out that OS X totally lags at 1440x900 as well.
  10. bcam117 thread starter macrumors member

    May 1, 2012

    But if you're using it at the standard best for retina 1400*900, is OS X still doing something differently compared to windows?
  11. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    You would be rendering at native resolution, so in that sense it will be similar.

    Windows is still more optimized though. Video drivers are released on a monthly basis by vendors optimizing performance. Apple doesn't release new video drivers often. Windows also uses the latest OpenGL technologies, while Apple is using an older one for stability and legacy reasons. Finally, Windows UI transitions are very simple compared to OSX' transparency effects and long animations. All this translates to Windows 8.1 running a retina display on an Atom processor with 2gb of ram and a 32gb slow SSD and still being usable with no UI lag.

    I'd really like to see some optimizations from Apple in the next OSX revision. There's really no excuse anymore, and they need to catch up to the competition.
  12. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    There's also likely a DX 11 vs OpenGl argument there somewhere.
  13. MrNomNoms macrumors 65816

    Jan 25, 2011
    Wellington, New Zealand
    I can confirm that after running it on an XPS 13 - it has less to do with the hardware and more to do with Microsoft's flat out refusal to move their operating system UI from win32 to XAML/WinRT which is why there is the mishmash mess right now and will be for quite some time because as much as I'd like to see universal applications improve the experience I'm also realistic given how lazy software developers are in the Windows world from updating their code base.
  14. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    To me, beta software can in no way be any better than a full release.
  15. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    Have you used OS X's stable releases lately? It feels like beta software.
  16. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    non-beta software yes, i've used.

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