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

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Most stable/fastest OS X version for an old MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.4/2.2 GHz, mid/late 2007) that has had a few graphics card problems. The logic board has needed replacement a couple times, meaning we stopped using graphics-intensive ...
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Mac is really slow and I can't get Apps to open

When I try to open an App it does nothing. I go online and it is extremely slow. I have tried some of the idea's on here but, nothing has helped. I also tried to download a Clean up program. It isn't ...
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Is multi desktop more resource expensive?

I want to understand if connecting a second or third monitor to my MBP means exactly the OS to draw 3x output and stuff, so it is at least 30% more under stress.
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What should my performance expectations be for development from a mid 2009 MacBook Pro?

I am going to be writing some iOS applications. To do so I am borrowing a 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Mid 2009 MacBook Pro (MacBook Pro5,5). Currently the machine has only 1 GB of memory, but I intend ...
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Best version of OSX for 2008 iMac?

(This is a follow-up to How to improve old, slow iMac -- new SSD? Or more RAM?) I replace the HD on our old 2008 iMac 8,1 with an SSD, and it seems much faster. However, it WAS running 10.9; now it's ...
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Am I likely to get a performance improvement upgrading iphone 4 from ios6 to 7.1?

I have an iPhone 4 that I didn't upgrade to iO7 because I'd heard a lot of people saying it hurt the phone's performance, and my phone's performance was already pretty terrible. I've seen people ...
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Reviving white macbook (Early 2009)

I'm trying to revive my old college laptop which is a white macbook from early 2009. I pasted the hardware a software specs below. The last thing that I did with it was update it to Mountain Lion, ...
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Does clearing Safari's cookies actually help the iPhone's overall performance?

There's an iPhone 4 that has been getting pretty slow lately, so I figured I'd browse a bit about how to fix it. One particular tip several sites seem to suggest is clearing Safari's cookies. I am ...
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Restore from backup or start anew?

I have a new iPad air to replace my old iPad 2. I'm from a PC background but love Apple phones and tablets and have always wondered, from a performance point of view, would it be better to restore ...
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Haswell Macbook Pro Drive Performance

I FINALLY managed to migrate my triple boot mid-2012 rMBP to a new Haswell model, and was very surprised to see this in Win7: On the other machine, the "primary hard disk" score was a solid 7.9. ...
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Show iPhone connection speed

I'd like to know if there is a way to show the current mobile link speed on my iPhone 5s. I mean the "physical" max. of the currently negotiated connection to the cell tower, not the actual ...
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Spring 2010 MBP discrete GPU performace vs current MacBook Air?

I have been using a mid-2010 MacBook Pro with 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, 7200 RPM 512 MB hard drive, and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 512 MB discrete graphics card. After almost four ...
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How can I determine why keyboard response is intermittently very slow with large display?

I'm using a Seiki 4k display model SE39UY04 connected via HDMI with a Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013 MacBook Pro at 3840x2160 @ 30 Hz running Mavericks. I've noticed that with the laptop closed and only ...
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MacBook Pro 13 inch 2,6GHz versus 15 inch 2.0Ghz. Which CPU is better?

I need a new Macbook Pro and am comparing the 13 inch Retina 2.6GHz with the 15 inch Retina 2.0GHz. I understand that 2.6GHz is faster than 2.0GHz but how does CPU performance compare between the ...
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Very slow screen refresh on server screen share

I have a brand new Mac Mini, configured with Intel i7, 16GB, dual SSDs... basically the top of the line Mac Mini you can buy as of 2/1/2014. I also purchased the latest Airport Extreme, with 802.11ac ...
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MacBook performance while on battery vs plugged in

Should I expect my MacBook Air to run slower while on battery vs while plugged in? In other words, will it slow down the CPU/graphics/etc while on battery to conserve power?
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How do I remove akamai and speed up my iMac?

I have an iMac (running Leopard) going deadly slow, I discarded any hardware problems (Hardware tests, disk utility, etc..) and the only strange thing I've found is a folder called 'akamai' After ...
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Vagrant/VirtualBox extremely slow despite 8GB-RAM/SSD-HD/2.53GHz Core2Duo

My VM (Ubuntu Vagrant VM) is extremely slow. While my Windows co-workers have a maximum of 1 minute page load time, my page load takes up to 8 minutes. I tried putting log files in non shared ...
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What are the consequences of running the 13" retina MPB in higher native resolutions

This question is basically about how do different resolution settings affect the performance of your macbook. By default retinas are set at the "retina" display mode. You can also set them to the ...
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64bit vs 32bit on mobile devices with 2gb ram - is there any sense?

Today I took part in an interesting discussion. Someone said that's great that Apple goes 64bit with their iPhone 5S. Of course I mentioned about no need for 64bits paired with 2 gigs of RAM, but then ...
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What could explain less than 1Mb pre second speed on a WD Elements external drive?

I have a multi year old WD Elements external drive, attached to my 5 year old Mac Pro. Everything runs fine except it seems that the drive is transferring data very very slowly. I don't know how long ...
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High memory usage, macbook pro retina feeling sluggish

My Macbook Pro Retina seems to be feeling sluggish and I don't think it should at all. I'm running: photoshop, 1080p movie on VLC plugged into a Thunderbolt Display. Looking at the activity monitor ...
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Acceptable and unacceptable speed for an external USB disk

I think my external HDD is running way too slow but I am not sure. Using XBench I get the following results: Seq: Uncached Write 0.79 0.49 MB/sec [4K blocks] Uncached Write 0.21 0.12 MB/sec ...
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What would be a good SSD drive for a MacBook Pro mid 2010?

I'm thinking about updating a bit my Macbook Pro mid 2010 adding to it 8Gb of RAM and maybe a new hard drive, a solid one (SSD) of probably 240Gb. Which SSD would you recommend me? I'm looking for ...
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Explanation for Ridiculously Slow Copy Speed

I am backing up data files from one encrypted image to another. They're text files ranging in size from a few hundred kilobytes to a few megabytes. The process has become excruciatingly slow and is ...
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Chrome loads very slowly while Safari very fast

Chrome loads any web page very slowly. Even making a google search takes more than 15 seconds while the same occurs in Safari instantaneously. I cleared the cache and disabled NPAPI plugins as ...
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Sometimes I can run Civilization V on my 2013 MacBook Air, sometimes not, why?

I realise the 2013 MacBook Air doesn't quite meet the game's minimum requirements, but I can sometimes run Civilisation V. Sometimes it loads, fires up the fan, but sits there with a blank screen ...
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USB3 HDD on an USB2 port vs thunderbolt

I need to buy a new HDD (>2To so no SSD solution, unless you know a very attractive offer) and I was wondering about performance knowing this : MBP 2011 (2 usb 2.0 - 1 Thunderbolt); 7k2 HDD. What ...
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Does OpenCL automatically use all GPUs in my system?

Through dumb luck, I've ended up with 3 OpenCL-capable graphics card in my Mac. I even ran the little "list all your OpenCL devices" sample program from Apple, and it lists all of them. Do programs ...
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Ideal iMac For programming (and some photoshop) [closed]

I am going to get a 21.5" iMac. It will primarily be used for Android, iOS, and web development, but may occasionally be used for some photoshop. Any other uses I have for it will be insignificant ...
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How can I prevent “Open With…” from accessing external drives?

Frequently, when I try to open the (10.9) Finder's "Open With..." menu, I experience a delay that appears to be due to connected FireWire drives. This delay is very long when the drives need to spin ...
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Poor battery performance on MacBook Pro [duplicate]

I have recently bought a very expensive new MacBook Pro with 8 GB memory and now I am frustrated by its very fast battery drainage. Often I see only 2 hours left on full battery charge! Right now it ...
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Reduce impact of Disk IO on performance

I've never found that OS X has been exemplary at handling responsiveness under Disk IO, but Mavericks has made it so bad that I've been barely able to use my machine whenever a backup kicks in. ...
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MacBook Air is slow after inserted and removed USB audio player

I have a first generation MacBook Air. I plugged in a USB memory stick, which is actually a 2 GB MP3 player but serves as a memory stick as well. Finder never shows the content of the memory stick. ...
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iMac 2009 works slow

iMac (model 2009, purchased in late 2012) sometimes becomes extremely slow. I've opened the "System monitor" and discovered that there is a huge lack of RAM. But as you can see there is no app ...
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TimeMachine performance issues on OSX Server 10.7.4

we are running OSX Server 10.7.4 on a MAC Pro (Mid 2010). Enabled services are Mail, Calendarserver, Contacts and Websharing. The Server has a Xeon Quad CPU and 32GB of RAM. A timecapsule is ...
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In Activity Monitor, is the percentage out of each core or out of each virtual core?

I have my new MacBook Pro with 2 cores. However, the Activity Monitor shows me 4 “virtual” cores. (I don’t really know what a “virtual core” is.) If the processor is running at maximum, what ...
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How do I improve gaming performance with Parallels Desktop for Mac?

I have a late 2012 MacBook Pro 13" non-retina display and I use Boot Camp to dual-boot windows and Mac. I recently came across an application called Parallels Desktop for Mac that promised faster and ...
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How to debug slow terminal prompt?

Ever since I upgraded to Mavericks, the Terminal prompt became a bit slower at coming back. It's not a huge deal, but there's now a slight noticeable delay before the prompt comes back (maybe like a ...
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Web browsing on Mac slows down after a few days of use

When trying to browse any website, such as nytimes.com, yahoo.com, etc, it take sometimes anywhere from 15s-120s for the page to display. For example, in Chrome, when I browse to nytimes.com, in the ...
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Will Upgrading to Mavericks Slow My System? [duplicate]

I have a 2010 iMac and I'm considering upgrading to Mavericks. Will I notice any significant decreases in speed? My specs:
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Fastest encryption configuration for Parallels Desktop 9 running a software development environment

I have a 2.8ghz quad-core 2013 MacBook Pro with 16gb RAM and a 768gb SSD running OSX Mavericks. I run Windows 7 under Parallels Desktop 9 to do Windows development. I would like to encrypt this data ...
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Is there anything other than ZDnet Clock that I can use to overclock Macbook Pro (Zdnet version incompatible)

It's a mid-2011 Macbook pro model. I tried with Zednet but it said my model is not supported. I've added more ram to my Mac but am still looking for a way to make it faster.
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Avg load goes up after upgrading to Mavericks

Just upgraded to OSX 10.9 Mavericks. Everything is good and shiny. However, when I open my iTerm to code, I notice that the performance is lower. If I run a uptime command, the average loading is ...
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Macbook Pro Late 2011 stuck at 0.8 GHz

I have been experiencing a lot of problems with my Macbook Pro slowing down and crawling through small tasks like getting mail and opening Launchpad. I have 8 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 memory and a 2.2 GHz ...
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Samsung SSD 840 speed issue

Can any one explain me this ? I re-install BlackMagic but it ain't change a thing. I'm running 10.9.3 and there is only one partition on the SSD. With the terminal : MBP-Thomas in ~ ○ → dd ...
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Mac has become insanely slow : Processes SystemUIServer, UserEventAgent and loginwindow using a lot of memory

I have been using my Mac for for many months without any problem. But recently all of a sudden the Mac became insanely slow. I opened Activity Manager to see what was happening. For three processes ...
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Which background processes can I disable to speed up my Mac

If I'm on an old Mac and I just want the basics (web browsing, text editing, multitasking) to run a lot faster and I don't mind losing out on bells and whistles or temporarily disabling unneeded ...
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Macbook Air i7 vs Macbook Pro Retina i5 [duplicate]

I'm thinking of buying either a high-end 13'' Air (i7 and 8GB RAM $1,549.00) or 13'' rMBP with an i5 ($1,699.00). Setting aside portability, display and other differences which I'm still pondering, ...
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OS X software RAID 0 with 6x SATA SSD?

I will be able to use a former video editing "Mac Pro" :) for a bit, free to configure anything I want in software. I would like to experiment with setting up OS X software RAID 0 with 6x SATA SSD. ...