SL vs Lion - Performance ?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by UKBeast, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. UKBeast macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2010
    I have got a 2010 13inch mbp

    2.4 c2d
    4gb ram
    128gb Apple SSD

    does anyone who has the same configuration with me tried lion ?

    I want to know will i be crawling if i upgrade to lion with this machine like everytime happens with PC's microsoft ?

    Any benchmark results ?
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
  3. stewacide, Jul 6, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2011

    stewacide macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2002
    Installed on a white 2,1 Macbook with only 1gb ram and Lion is definably more of a ram hog: will upgrade to 2gb and possibly 4gb cost permitting when I get a chance. Still, it's usable with Dashboard turned off. Safari in particular seems much more responsive which has prompted me to give it a chance after using Firefox full time the last few years.

    edit -- While the difference between SL and Lion is entirely a matter of ram usage near as I can tell, it's interesting to note that Ubuntu 10.04 runs FAR faster on the same hardware, albeit it also runs a lot hotter. Lion is the first OSX release since 10.1 that I haven't noticed a speed improvement on the same hardware, whereas Linux seems to have gotten a lot faster in recent months (IIRC there were some dramatic performance improvements in recent kernel releases). I'm not sure how Windows 7 compares but I think there's a lot of room for optimization in Lion when compared to other OSs.

    edit2 -- does anyone know if a 2,1 Macbook (2ghz C2D w/ 32bit EFI) can accept 4gb of ram?
  4. willmiz macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2010
    For you it would be about the same. Like others said, probably more of a resource hog.

    If you have an integrated card (some 2011 models do) performance on Lion will be considerably less. Disabling the dashboard with itweax will speed it up considerably, but its pretty bad.
  5. Cinder6 macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2009
    I have the unibody Macbook model right before yours, and the GM runs smooth as silk for me.
  6. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    I actually feel like Lion is faster. Noticeably faster, I'm on a 24" iMac 2008 (2.4ghz/4gb). Though someone posted a geekbench with Lion vs. SL and Lion was a lower number, take it for what you want.
  7. Beavix macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2010
    Here are some Xbench results. Unfortunately in Lion Xbench fails to perform the Thread Test so I was unable to get the overall score. But I was mostly interested in the graphics tests anyway.

    System Info: Mac mini (early 2009), 2 GHz, 8 GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce 9400M 256 MB VRAM.

    Look at the User Interface Test score in Lion. Big failure. :mad:

    Attached Files:

  8. RJCP macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2011
    These results are interesting. Comparing Dragon Age 2 performance in both SL and Lion, I would be tempted to say that it runs faster on Lion. However, it is also true that even with 4 Gb of RAM, the GUI's graphic performance is tendentially choppier in Lion. The FPS while zooming through items in the dock is always constant, and also the Mission Control animations still feel choppy as well.
  9. WeegieMac Guest


    Jan 29, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
    How do you do this? And does it make much difference, really?
  10. superericla macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2010
    It shouldn't make much difference for you. Dashboard mostly just uses ram which how much it uses is dependent on the number of widgets you have open. Since stewacide has a MacBook with only 2GB of ram compared to your 4GB, ram is much more of an issue for them.
  11. stewacide macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2002
    I had it turned off in SL using Onyx and when I upgraded the setting was migrated. Since Onxy isn't working for Lion yet I dunno what to tell you other than to dig through .plist files probably for the Dock.
  12. RJCP macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2011
    Go to Onyx's official website. You can already download the new 2.4 version (still in "beta", but it works well).
  13. Jerome Morrow macrumors 6502a

    Jerome Morrow

    Jun 13, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Well on my Mac Pro workstantion at work Snow Leopard wins hands down.
  14. throttlemeister macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2009
    According to benchmarks, everything in Lion is faster, except OpenGL and interface test. The latter being about half of SL. Disks benchmarks are higher too.

    Overall, I find Lion to feel snappier and quicker, but it does jury somewhat sometimes in the GUI.
  15. Kariya macrumors 68000


    Nov 3, 2010
    For my money SL is still the faster cat but that will change with updates of course.
  16. stefan1975 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    from what I read a Snow Leopard can run around 10 km/h faster then a lion but just for short distances....
  17. Atarikid, Jul 7, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011

    Atarikid macrumors regular

    May 14, 2011
    That's what I said several times. Lion running on a Macbook (pro) with Intel 3000HD or any other onboard grpahics chip is much much slower.
    It makes Lion feel like a kitten.

    No seriously, Lion is not good for running on any Macbook Pro (even the expensice 17"). The GUI is just too jercky. Sad but true.

    I am running SL again as my main OS X and the speed difference is BIG.
  18. Atarikid macrumors regular

    May 14, 2011
    Offcourse everything will run the same CPU speed wise compared to SL. No doubt about that.
    But OS X depents heavely on graphic mojo (genie fx, rescaling windows, fadings, nice scrollings, ...) and thats where Lion is performing very bad on Macbook Pros. IMO that is very important to most OS X users.
    I mean, everybody loves the nice and smooth working OS X GUI right? When this fails, OS X fails. Period.
  19. UKBeast thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2010
    GUI is and stability are most essential things for us mac os x users, thats why we were switched from windows.

    Dashboard is also important for me as well but considering i have ssd i am expecting better performance due to trim support enabled in lion, what would u think ?
  20. andreiru macrumors 6502


    Apr 18, 2008
    Kurgan, RF
    To turn Dashboard off:
    defaults write mcx-disabled -boolean YES
    To turn Dashboard on:
    defaults write mcx-disabled -boolean NO
    You have to restart the Dock after making either change for it to take effect:
    killall Dock

    There is also a "Dashboard Manager" app I downloaded.

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