Will Lion ever be as good performance wise as Snow Leopard?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by kristoffer4, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. kristoffer4, Aug 8, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011

    kristoffer4 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2006
    What is the general consesus? Will Lion ever be as good a perfomer as Snow Leopard?

    Lion uses more CPU and because of this it makes the Macbooks run hotter.
    Scrolling in Lion makes the CPU spike.
    The shut - down and boot up is longer in Lion.
    It eats more ram.

    Will this be fixed with .1 or .2 or this simply how the operating system is designed as in because of the new feautures it is not as good a performer as Snow Leopard?

    My opinion is that a OS X primarily features is that it should run the hardware in the best and most effective way. Snow Leopard was build around this idea but sadly it seems Lion is not.
  2. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    Is it really sooo relevant if few second longer boot time ? You might want to switch off the automatic restart of application which is new compared to SL and of course will increase boot time

    On work I have now Windows 7 ; feels also a big more laggy but thats because of the Aero effects; switch the off and safe some CPU cycles
  3. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    Sure. When new CPU's come out.
  4. paulsalter macrumors 68000


    Aug 10, 2008
    The only performance problems I have is with Safari, it hogs loads of my RAM

    Apart from that it runs just as well as Snow Leopard
  5. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Guess I'm just in that lucky 90% of users that have experienced Lion outperforming SL on ALL counts!
  6. iBug2 macrumors 68040

    Jun 12, 2005
    My Lion outperforms SL on various areas and in some others SL outperforms. So I'd say it's 50/50 so far. Eventually with subsequent updates, Lion will speed up, exactly like SL did in time.
  7. Skyhigh223 macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2009
    I'd say that Lion is as fast as Snow Leopard, and in some areas, is even faster.
  8. Paulywauly macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    Durham, UK
    Its an interesting question.

    It could be argued that SL has a lower resource footprint and should run faster on equivelent hardware, but Lion incorporates newer technologies.

    A few years down the line with a few updates Lion could win hands down in every area for everyone, but that'll be after a few updates and running on newer hardware.
  9. mrboult macrumors 6502


    Jul 29, 2008
    London, England
  10. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    Having started to take advantage of Lion's full set of features, I no longer quit applications but just close windows. My RAM utilization is up, but so is the performance as I no longer am continually starting applications!

    Bootup time was slower but there is a well know network server issue that certainly will be addressed in 10.7.1. Other than that bootup time is just as fast if "resume" is disabled, or if you include the time needed in Snow Leopard to relaunch applications.
  11. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

    Mar 10, 2011
    I find Lion runs just as well or better then Snow Leopard then on my Macs. I like the way Lion as simplified a few things. I think Lion is a pretty solid .0 release. Right now I don't miss Snow Leopard and look forward to the improvements that each update will bring.
  12. WeegieMac Guest


    Jan 29, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
    Early 2009 iMac here, 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo with 4GB DDR2 800MHz RAM and Lion screams on my system.

    I'm very pleased with it for a .0 release, and it's noticeably quicker than Snow Leopard in day to day use.

    My only "issue", is the amount of RAM Safari and it's Web Content bolt on use.
  13. scottsjack macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2010
    Both of my Macs Geekbench slightly slower on Lion. It's too early to tell whether a future, refined Lion will really be faster than SL. Maybe it will just use more resources to play all the animations and zooms that many serious computer users have already disabled.
  14. aeaglex07 macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2007
    United States
    it runs great on i5 Mini
  15. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    My experience has been the opposite.

    Shut down and boot speeds are faster, even on my laptop with FileVault 2 activated.

    Don't see any unusual CPU spikes at all when scrolling Safari, Firefox, Word, Pages, etc.

    Don't find my MacBook, my daughter's MacBook or wife's MacBook (all C2D processors) or my iMac (quad i7) running any warmer than normal (again, since the CPU usage isn't abnormally high).

    I don't see it requiring any more RAM than SL did. Safari is a hog, but always has been.
  16. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    Safari 5.1 is just as bad on Snow Leopard. I just caught the pair of processes using over 600Mb each with only 3 tabs open.
  17. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Count me in as one of the happy "minority".

    OP, are you sure you don't have a potential software interaction? Have you done all the usual things (e.g. zap PRAM, run Disk Utilities and repaired permissions, allowed Spotlight to finish reindexing...)?

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