Where is the bottle neck?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by haumana, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. haumana macrumors member

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    Hey, hoping you guys can help.

    I have a new (a month old) base model 15" MBP. My cousin has a 2009 top-of-the-line 17" MBP.

    Both of us work for the same company and we are both required to access our company's software through a web portal. My MBP creeps along while accessing the information, while my cousin's MBP can query the information almost instantly. Even when I try to resize the browser window, I get the pin wheel for a little bit, while my cousin's system does it smoothly and "on the fly."

    Is the bottle neck that I'm experiencing due to the system RAM or the GPU/video RAM?

    I asked the guys at the genius bar... They were friendly, but of no informational help.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Have a look at Activity Monitor (Applications / Utilities /) and select All Processes and sort by CPU to see what the culprit may be.
    Also check the "System Memory" tab to see what your "Page ins:", "Page outs:" and "Swap used:" are.

    image below uses sorting by CPU as an example
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  3. thekev macrumors 604

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    Unless you're short on ram it sounds more like a bug than an issue of raw power. What would possibly make you suspect vram? I am guessing you don't fully understand how that stuff works. OpenCL functions don't really rely on the gpu unless it is powerful enough to do so. You're working through a web portal. Whenever I've personally seen problems with something like that causing the beach ball, it's been a bug.

    Can you elaborate further on what you're doing? Also are you and your cousin using the exact same version of OSX? I don't just mean Lion or SL. I mean 10.X.X as in the exact release.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Are you on the same internet connection when this happens?
     

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