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Discussion in 'macOS' started by TommyLee, Aug 22, 2008.
I've got an iMac G4. Which one will run faster, and by what margin?
Sometimes it isn't an issue of which is faster, but what OS is required for the iApps.
Most likely the next update will require Leopard.
whats the next update?
hmm... could by iLife 09?
I'd stick with Tiger unless you have an absolute need for 10.5.X.
PowerMac G5/2.3MHz/4 GB don't know why that would make a difference?
because you 'can' get a 400Mhz powerbook running leopard with 256mb of ram, but it runs v....e......r.....y.....s...l....wly.
A 1.5ghz powerbook runs it pretty damn well.
I'm assuming its the same with imacs.
At work we have a 800Mhz imac (the sunflower ones) running leopard, but it isn't very fast. Tiger runs well though.
With the imac you have, I doubt you would see a major difference.
(wait...do you have a G5 or a G4?)
but wouldn't tiger also run very slowly?
In general, the older version of anything will always run faster, regardless of hardware. (Though newer hardware may make the differences hard to see.)
Early on, Mac OS X kept getting faster with the first two or three releases, but that was because the first releases had been poorly optimized, and because the GCC compiler in use at the time was poorly suited to the PPC processors in use at the time.
Tiger runs ok, not amazing or anything but certainly useable. Leopard on the other hand isn't. Talking about 3 minutes for an app to open kinda slow.
Like portent said, the newer hardware makes the differences harder to see, what is obvious in the example I gave isn't so big once you get over 1.5GHz..
Running 10.5.4 on a QS 1.6ghz/1.5GB/Radeon9800Pro/
2x Raptors nottaproblemo
Tiger runs really well on this machine, and Leopard is almost as fast......I still have a back-up drive with 10.4.11 on it and I can't really tell that much of a difference between the two
I have an old Powerbook G4 (look at my sig) that runs Leopard quite well. It's a little slow and the graphics card has problems sometimes but overall it is bearable. Just upgrade the RAM to the max and maybe upgrade the HDD to a 7200RPM one and it'll be very usable.