Lets see if we can come to an agreement to how SL compares to Lion in the performance department. I have an older (2007) macbook, which is already showing signs of age, and I'm wondering if Lion would give my macbook a little more pep or more lag.
I agree with this. It's the same general experience I've had. In terms of everything else, I don't see much of a change. Lion hogs more RAM, though. However, it seems to be smart depending on what system it's running on. I have 8GB of RAM in my 2011 MBP and it eats up 3GB using Safari, iTunes, and Word. With the same apps open on my 2009 Mac Mini, which only has 4GB of RAM the system only uses about 1.6GB while running the same programs. Go figure. I suppose it uses more RAM when it thinks it can.Shutting down and booting up is way slower, but opening mail, itunes etc is like 3-4 times faster for me.
I only have 4GB in my C2D 13" MBP and it runs Lion like a champ. I'm rarely, if ever, using the whole 4GB I have, so I'm pretty sure that I don't need 8 right now.Minimally faster indeed. Im really surprised how well it performs on my Mini with 8 GB of RAM. I really feared it would hog the whole system. 8 GB of ram is a must, thug, to see the system fly.
Well that is Good news for me, cause I have basically the same thing, except I upgraded to 4gb of ram. So I shouldn't have any issuesI am on a 2007 MacBook, Core 2 Duo, 2gb Ram
For me the Apps mostly seem a lot more responsive
on SL, I got quite a few beachballs while loading up Apps, checked permissions and drive for erros but couldn't get rid of them)
only seen perhaps a couple of beachballs since upgrading on Thursday
currently sitting at 57 degrees C, Fan at 1794rpm and 400meg ram free
should be fine, do you use any big apps (audio, video, photography)Well that is Good news for me, cause I have basically the same thing, except I upgraded to 4gb of ram. So I shouldn't have any issues
Yes actually my wife uses lightroom. So I'm glad to hear that works well. We had considered going aperture but it looks like we made the right decision with lightroom.should be fine, do you use any big apps (audio, video, photography)
the only problem I have is with Aperture, it was really slow in Snow Leopard, and is even worse for me in Lion
But I switched to Lightroom about 3 months ago and that is still fine under Lion (wanted to move back to Aperture, but not an option)