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

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Use *Two* Thunderbolt/Firewire adapters on MacBook for 400 and 800 devices?

I'm completing an audio recording setup. Equipment: Macbook 13" Retina late 2012 with Two Thunderbolt ports One Focusrite Saffire audio interface (Firewire 400) One OWC Mercury external SSD drive ...
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Difference in performance between iOS devices

I'm developing a game for ios and notice surprising results performance-wise between my devices. for example, my iphone 5 will perform better than my ipad mini retina. I really have no point of ...
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Kernel_task boosts CPU to 300%-500% (Yosemitte MBP 2011 without a battery)

Long story short, my oldie MBP 2011' battery started bloating, I've contacted a repair service center and they advised me to remove the battery and use it on AC power, while they get a new battery for ...
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Why Does A New Mac Pro Only Support a Single Internal Drive?

Every graphic-heavy application I have used has recommended storing files it uses on a separate disk from the boot disk (preferably an SSD), however with the new MP this isn't an option. The only way ...
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Why my MacBook Pro is so slow?

I have a MacBook Pro Mid 2012 (MacBook Pro 9,2). Few years ago I was using previous versions of Mac OS X, and it was a great experience. I've found it delicious OS for personal use. Today I use ...
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How to manually control processes launched on start?

Every time my Mac starts, about ~210 processes are launched, requiring about ~1000 OS Threads. With every Apple update this number increases. My laptop freezes for 1-3 min a couple of times per week ...
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Chrome/Chromium scrolling is choppy and eats CPU

This problem has been around since I got my Macbook Pro Retina 2013, 13", 2.4Ghz, 16GB RAM, 256 GB SSD. Currently it's running the latest version of OS X Yosemite. Chrome's scrolling performance can ...
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How can I speed up Enhanced Dictation's response/ processing speed?

It takes around ten seconds to process a voice command, whereas speakable items are instantaneous.
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Are there any autocompletion input tools for English? Except default TextEdit app

I'm a Mac user who is a Japanese. I usually type Japanese using Google IME which enables me to type it with predictive texts so that we can type it faster. Google IME http://www.google.co.jp/ime/ ...
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How to speed up old MacBook Pro15 inch late 2007 with 4GB RAM (2.4 GHz)

I am running 10.9.5 (Mavericks) and have about 12GB available on my hard drive with 2.2/2.4 GHz. I have noted that performance has been getting slow (esp. on startup) and was wondering if there are ...
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Disk activity, how to improve it?

Activity Monitor tells me that my Disk Activity is too high even when I'm not running 'heavy' programs. I have an iMac with Mac OS 10.6.8, processor 3.06 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, Memory 4GB. Is there ...
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Macbook Pro 13" Mid 2014 disk defect?

I just bought a MBP 13" mid 2014 with a 128 GB SSD. When doing a disk speed test with the Black Magic Design-app, I only get about 210 MB/s write and about 510-550 MB/s read. All the benchmark videos ...
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How to keep an SSD in shape on Yosemite?

As of OS X 10.10, Apple uses kext signing. Ever since it has become difficult and dangerous to manually activate TRIM for third-party SSDs on OS X. That means users with non-Apple SSDs will sooner or ...
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FreeNAS, OS X Yosemite and automount

I've got FreeNAS 9.3 server (HP Microserver N54L) and connecting to it via NFS from my multiple OS X systems (running OS X Yosemite 10.10.1). I've always had low performance over the network (1Gig ...
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Slow mac when Terminal have been open for some time

When I have Terminal.app open for some time (mostly after 2-3 hours), everything starts getting slow. When I type there is a delay for each character, and all applications lag when I scroll. If I ...
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Deleting content of /private/tmp moved on different HDD

I have a Macbook pro with 2 internal HD (stock HD for data and data doubler + SSD in place of the optical drive, hosting the OS). I'm now trying to optimize this setup to take into account the ...
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My Mac recently using RAM like hell?

I have 8 GB of ram and I have only 1.25GB free memory left, not enough to run 2 tabs of gmail. for chrome keep asking me to kill the process of my Gmail which 2-3 days ago I'm always have like 2-3GB ...
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Performance Tweaks/Tools for MacOS (Macbook Pro)

I am using a Mid2010 Macbook Pro (2.5 GHz i5, 8GB RAM, regular HD (no SSD) and still on MacOS 10.9). I am fully aware of the fact that, as the computer gets older, it may get a little slower due to ...
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Extreme slowness after upgrade to Yosemite; is my specific problem happening to others or just for me?

Like many, my Mac (iMac) has become extremely slow when performing certain operations and it's making it nearly impossible to get work done. I've been paying close attention trying to find some ...
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Multicoloured circle of death since Yosemite

I have had my Macbook Pro MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 Memory 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 for about 3 years now and it has gradually got a bit slower in responding. I have a very ...
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How much difference between i5 and i7 13" Macbook Pro 2014 especially for XCode & Visual Studio compilation? [closed]

I have been trying to decide if there will be a substantial difference between the i5 and i7 processor for compiling and running VMs. I expect to run Windows with Visual Studio in a VM as well as a ...
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Lightweight Mavericks installation

What should I do to aggressively lower the memory usage of my Mavericks installation ? The only things I need to run are XCode and Firefox, everything else can go out the window; I'm not opening any ...
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Macbook Air 13 inch (256 GB/ 8 GB/ i5) along with Windows (Using BootCamp)

I am completely new to the Mac and I am planning to buy MacAir (256 GB/ 8 GB/ i5) model and want to use Windows 7 along with it using BootCamp. I have no problem with MacOSX but need to use Windows ...
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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. Steps to reproduce: Enable Zoom in System Preferences - Accessibility. Connect an ...
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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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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 ...