Performance of Flash on Mac OS X?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by gazrang, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. gazrang macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2007
    Hi. This is my first thread here. :D
    I've been using Mac for many years since Mac OS X came out, and always disappointed at the performance of flash on it. To be preciese, it is not a matter of performance but a CPU usage.

    For testing, I visited for flash playing on PC(P4 1.5, notebook). There I played several contents and I confirmed it only used 2-4 % of the whole CPU power. The same contents, on Mac(my PowerBook G4, 1.5ghz) , It used about 40-50% of CPU power, and pretty soon the internal fan started.(yes, it got much hotter than before)

    I used very up-to-date version of Flash Player(PPC, r28), and All things are quite fast on my powerbook except Flash contents.(compared to PC)

    Is this the fault of Adobe(maker of Flash Player)? or of Apple(maker of Mac OS X)?

    I want to know the both of them have a will to fix this annoying Difference.
  2. banjomamo macrumors regular

    May 9, 2006
    when macromedia was making flash it was definitely slower. after adobe bought them, the very next release sped things up considerably. so that leads me to believe that its something to do with the mac version of flash not osx. however the pc version still feels quicker. im not sure if it will be improved on or not.

    regarding processor usage, pentiums were probably always better at power consumption than g4 chips.
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Erm... the P4 versus the G4? How many P4 laptops are there that get 5 hours of battery life? Intel advanced dramatically in power consumption issues when they dumped the P4 architecture, but that's the height of their bad power consumption.

    But speed is another issue... the G4 is certainly no speed demon. :(
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I suspect that the Mac version is just poorly optimized - something that is clearly Adobe's fault, though, as banjomamo mentioned, the latest Flash Player feels notably "snappier".

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