Performance/speed comparison - SL vs Lion

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Mad Mac Maniac, Jul 25, 2011.

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Does Lion Increase or Decrease your performance

  1. Lion is significantly faster

    11 vote(s)
    11.1%
  2. Lion is minimally/moderately faster

    22 vote(s)
    22.2%
  3. Can't notice a difference

    32 vote(s)
    32.3%
  4. Lion is minimally/moderately slower

    12 vote(s)
    12.1%
  5. Lion is significantly slower

    5 vote(s)
    5.1%
  6. At things are faster... but other things are definitely slower...

    7 vote(s)
    7.1%
  7. I haven't upgraded yet.. so I wanna know!

    10 vote(s)
    10.1%
  1. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

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    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.
     
  2. saxon48 macrumors 6502a

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    Overall, Lion does seem to be a bit quicker at loading applications and whatnot, especially in Safari and iTunes.
     
  3. Mad Mac Maniac thread starter macrumors 601

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    so it appears that so far performance differences are mostly negligible... but is more likely to improve than to degrade performance.

    would it be possible that some processors improve more than others? Like maybe Lion is built better for i5 and i7 rather than Core 2 duo?
     
  4. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    I have an SSD OS disk so everything is already lightning fast...hard to get things faster than instant.
     
  5. Mad Mac Maniac thread starter macrumors 601

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    must be nice :)
     
  6. Mad Mac Maniac thread starter macrumors 601

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    so to the 16% of people that Lion is running slower... what are the main areas that are running slower? specific apps? specific functions?

    Also, what are the specs/age of your Mac?
     
  7. mabaker macrumors 65816

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    Minimally faster indeed. I’m 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.
     
  8. dog24 macrumors member

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    Shutting down and booting up is way slower, but opening mail, itunes etc is like 3-4 times faster for me.
     
  9. mac1984user macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  10. adder7712 macrumors 68000

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    Lion's a bit faster in some fields. But honestly, I can't discern any differences with SL.
     
  11. paulsalter macrumors 68000

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    I 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
     
  12. DirtySocks85 macrumors 65816

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    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.
     
  13. Mad Mac Maniac thread starter macrumors 601

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    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
     
  14. paulsalter macrumors 68000

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    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)
     
  15. Mad Mac Maniac thread starter macrumors 601

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    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.

    We also have photoshop, but don't really use it much. Just for the occasional few edits (particularly the content aware delete)
     
  16. randomerratum macrumors 6502

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    Apps are slower to launch but are snappier when they're up and running.
     

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