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Questions dealing with performance of Apple hardware or software, especially about troubleshooting or improving poor performance.

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Booting from an external SSD

I have a late 2009 i7 iMac that spends most of its time reading and swapping files from the 2TB hard drive, even though it’s only 40% full. I want to buy an affordable (240GB/£160) Firewire external ...
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Yosemite: Accessibility zoom + multiple monitors = poor performance

Ever since upgrading to Yosemite, the accessibility zoom feature is unusable when connected to an external monitor. Video showing the problem (found on YouTube, not mine) Steps to reproduce: ...
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Are the two cores of rMPB enough?

I am thinking of purchasing a 13" rMBP. It has two cores. My question is, are two cores enough ? there are other laptops with 4 cores at much cheaper rates available. How does apple seem to pull it ...
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Upgrading my Mac: Will it increase performance?

I have a macbook pro 13" 5,5 late 2009 edition, I use it all the time for taking notes and research at college etc. but I also use it to record music for my band and occasionally I play games on it. I ...
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Prevent Open/Save dialog from solliciting external hard drives

I have several external drives, which I don't use constantly, and so they spin down, and rest. Unfortunately for me, every time I have the "Open..." or "Save..." dialogs, Mac OS X spins these hard ...
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Is Mac OS X keeping constant track of my processes?

I own a 13-inch Mid 2012 MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz i5 processor and 8GB of RAM, running OS X 10.9.5. I came to notice a while ago, that after having forced a reboot (by holding down the ⌽ Power ...
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WindowServer high CPU on Yosemite

This is a follow up to So my Yosemite install is slow - what to do? Since installing Yosemite a week or so ago my machine is very sluggish. I am a web developer so I change windows/apps a lot. ...
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2010 Mac Mini Downgrade

I have a 2010 Mac Mini with no DVD drive and a 5,400 RPM hard drive. Of late, it's begun to get quite sluggish, and I'm fairly sure it's the slow HDD that's to blame. I took a look at the means of ...
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Does a Boot Camped Windows alongside a Mac OS X partition profit from a Fusion drive like Mac OS X does?

While writing an answer to this question Should I defrag my SSD before creating a partition for Boot Camp? i wondered if a Boot Camped Windows profits from a Fusion drive like OS X on the same drive ...
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New MacBook Pro slow performance, battery not working

I have a very recent (mid-2014) MacBook Pro Retina 15" that has been working fine since I got it (about two months). Suddenly, it has begun to run very slow in all apps, even though CPU usage is very ...
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Is there an update for the MacPro3,1 overclock utility that ZDNet produced several years ago?

The Mac Pro from 2008 (MacPro3,1) is still a fairly relevant machine in the modern OS X as not only does it run the latest releases of OSX, but also the 8 CPU cores that it came with provide enough ...
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Macbook Pro 17 Early 2008 - Mountain Lion - SSD Slow Performance

I have noticed significant performance degradation on my Samsung EVO running on an Old Macbook Pro, Intel Core 2 duo. Are there any SSD tips that I should apply to this hard drive? Will Trim Enabler ...
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Real performance boost with multiple partitions

I have a 1TB Hard drive with multiple partitions where I had previously installed Snow Leopard. Now I'm making a clean install of Mavericks and I have a couple of questions: 1) What are the real ...
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Internet Speed Issues on iPad and IOS 8

My iPad4 is running slower on IOS 8.02 than on IOS 7. I noticed this when I updated to IOS 8 several weeks ago. My Optimum service provides 50/25 download/upload megabit service, which I experienced ...
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Bootcamp + Windows 8.1 + Apple Macbook 2011

Recently I installed Windows 8.1 64bit on my Macbook Pro (2011). Everything went fine and I am able to duel boot using Bootcamp. Only issue I am facing is poor performance in Windows. Its taking ...
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Preview scrolling speeds?

When using Preview (on OS X 10.8 & 10.9) I noticed that the scrolling speed is too fast. I often read long documents and want to see in advance what are the chapters coming a few pages later. ...
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Why is my late 2013 iMac so slow?

For the last three months I have been more or less enjoying my new late 2013 21" iMac. I already have an early 2011 MBP, which is pretty maxed out with a 512GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM, and still feels ...
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top / htop for GPU?

I have been having some of the worst performance problems with my Mac Pro that I've ever seen. It seems to start at the darnedest times with no apparent provocation. I've poured through everything ...
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Advanced techniques to diagnose performance problems on OS X via DTrace or other means?

I am having some severe performance problem with my OS X workstation at the moment that is proving to be exceptionally elusive. I normally can hunt things down with a handful of tools such as top or ...
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Why would my Mac be slow after inactivity and then get to full speed after 20-30 minutes of use?

My Macbook appears to get slow after a period of inactivity and then get itself back to full speed after 20-30 minutes. While I have some ideas I'm wondering if anybody else has seen such behaviour ...
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Graphics card confusion and pro apps

I'm doing a report and researching various Mac graphics cards and how they would work or not work with pro apps. I'm very confused by all of the terminology and specifications, so I hope I can ...
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Will downloading LaTeX slow down my MacBook Air considerably?

I've begun downloading LaTeX and the download is 2GB. My MacBook Air has a 4GB 1600 Mhz DDR3 memory and a 1.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor. Will this large download have any impact of the long-term ...
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Where should i look to improve slow I/O performance measured with dd?

I have been measuring my primary disk I/O with the following command : dd if=/dev/zero bs=2048k of=/Volumes/Toshiba/tstfile count=1024 2>&1 | grep > sec | awk '{print $1 / 1024 / 1024 / $5, ...
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Poor Diablo III: Reaper of Souls performance on a rMBP late 2013

I just got a new rMBP (with dedicated video-card) and as a test I decided to run Diablo III: Reaper of Souls on Ultra settings. It looks absolutely gorgeous but its 10-17 fps frame-rate is very ...
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How does having a full hard drive affect performance? [duplicate]

My OSX-using friends insist that having a hard drive that is nearly full (e.g. 90% full on a 250GB disk) causes performance problems. It seems to be a pretty common opinion amongst my (mostly ...
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MacBook Air CPU Limit Notification

My MacBook air is intermittently slowing down and has very high fan speeds. It went to apple for a replacement logic board and has had these issues since the replacement. Running application monitor ...
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using external hdd slows down my mac

When I use an external drive via usb, my computer really slows down giving me no choice except reboot. I watched memory usage with activity monitor. Free memory decreases by time and inactive memory ...
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Changing CPU frequency policies in OS X

I have Core i5 processor with nominal 2.3 Ghz speed. But, according to Intel Power Gadget, most of the time the frequency is much lower. Even during intensive usage. It's 0.8-1.6 Ghz. I noticed that ...
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How to clean up my iPhone 4S junk files?

I have used my iPhone 4S for about 2 years during which time a lot of junk files left. Does anybody know some clean software that can this for me?
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Looking for a free system monitoring tool

I'm looking for a system monitoring tool, preferably a free one. I don't care if it's an actual app or sits in my terminal. Activity Monitor doesn't give me all the information I want at once. ...
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Performances : Intel HD3000 vs AMD Radeon HD 6490M

I'm working on a MBP 15" 2011 with a new motherboard (Apple changed the previous one in december) and I've now this config : i7 Quad 2.0Ghz; 12 GB DDR3; 250GB SSD samsung 840; Intel HD 3000; AMD ...
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Kernel_task using 300% CPU time, high fan speed and slow computer in MacBook Pro

My MacBook Pro has become slow lately. Activity monitor shows kernel task is using around 300% CPU. The fan is always on at high speed. Below are the details of my computer: Macbook Pro 13-inch, Mid ...
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Has a Graphics Driver or Something for Intel HD 3000 Been Changed in Mavericks 10.9.3?

So I updated to Mavericks 10.9.3 and didn't really thing anything of it, it just said security updates. After playing a few games and working on my project with OpenGL, I've noticed that performance ...
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Terminal speed up doesn't accept command line arguments from outside source?

From a previous suggestion I changed terminals startup command from default to '/usr/bin/bash' which I created as a link to '/bin/bash' which stops terminal from login in every time I open a tab ...
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Do I need to zero out a new disk after formatting it?

Does anyone know if I should 'zero out' the new disk I bought? It was NTFS formatted so, unable to use it like that. I did a repartition to HFS+ in seconds, and then decided it might be better to ...
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How to keep data from an old Mac to restore later

I have a new Mac, and I want to selectively move files over from an old Mac. I've sold the old Mac and need to ship it today, so what I really want to do is simply take a complete copy of the HD in ...
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Macbook Pro (Late 2010) slow after installing Mavericks

I've recently updated my 15-inch, Mid 2010 Macbook Pro to Mavericks. Since then, it's been running incredibly slow and tends to hang while using programs such as FireFox or Excel. If I look at the ...
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How to limit cpu frequency in OS X?

The OS X kernel does control this directly since below 5% my CPU gets locked to 1.2GHz instead of the normal 3.7GHz so there has to be a way to control the CPU speed. I am aware of this question ...
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Does RAM Disk Improve OS X Performance?

I stumbled this article explaining how mounting RAM disk can improve OS X performance up to 40× which of course is just a a hyperbole. My question is whether the suggestion made by them valid for ...
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Will a 1.8GHz MacBook Air be much faster than a 1.3GHz model?

I am looking to purchase a refurbished Macbook Air from Apple's refurbished store. When comparing the models there are two I am looking at. The difference between the two is slight but one of the ...
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How is swap on mid-2013 MacBook Air w/ PCIe SSD?

There appears to be confusing and incomplete information about the PCIe SSDs in mid-2013 MacBook Air 11" and 13" (especially the 128GB models), where a different queue depth may result in different ...
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How fast is 256GB to 128GB on mid-2013 MacBook Air?

I've tried finding the comparison reviews of the performance differences between 128GB and 256GB PCIe SSDs of mid-2013 MacBook Air 11" and 13" (which now have been carried over as the ...
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RAM Caching - Exploiting RAM to the fullest extent possible

This may seem weird, but I'm actually looking for ways to increase my memory usage. I have a Macbook Pro (8,1) with 4 GB that I updated to 16GB. I really feel like I'm losing a lot for those 10 ...
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Upgrading macbook pro to mavericks - performance question

My MacBook Pro: MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53 GHz, Mid 2009) Memory: 8 GB Currently run Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and also in a partition I have 10.8.x installed. The most of my work is being done in 10.6.8, ...
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How can I log OS X Server disk performance?

I know Activity Monitor exists to view disk i/o and other performance metrics. However, does Activity Monitor have the ability to log any of these metrics? If not, how can I log these metrics into a ...
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Constant SMC resets required

I have a 2009 Macbook Pro, 4GB RAM, 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. Check battery warning but nothing else overtly wrong. Since I updated to Mavericks (from Snow Leopard), it has been running incredibly ...
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What is the read speed of the SSD in the Macbook Air A1466 model?

I'm having trouble finding a figure or proper specs on Google, and I was wondering how fast it is. Anyone know?
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TV lagging when watching regular TV channels while Apple TV is on

One of my friends is setting up a TV for another friend, and noticed something very odd. I don't know the specifics of the TV, but we're talking a 2014 Samsung Smart TV that hasn't been cheap at all. ...
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Measuring page download speed Network Link Conditioner

I'd like to use Network Link Conditioner in conjunction with a local page download speed tool so that I can see how long certain elements take to download when I restrict connection speeds. Can ...
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iPhone slows down entire home network

Ever since the automatic upgrade to iOS 7, an iPhone that connects to my Linksys WRT54GL router running DD-WRT, slows down all other connections, from any other device. Download speed is reduced by a ...