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

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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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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. ...
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How to monitor CPU core usage?

I have a Macbook Pro 15" with the quad core i7. I am looking to see what if any performance decrease I could expect moving to a 13" Macbook Pro with a dual core i7. To that end I thought Activity ...
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Which memory speed for an early 2008 Mac Pro?

I've got an early 2008 Mac Pro with 4 Gb of memory which I would like to upgrade, but I'm unsure of the memory speed. In my "About This Mac" dialog it says the memory speed should be 667 MHz, but ...
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AppleScript to find old mail messages is slow in ScriptEditor

So I have an AppleScript that iterates over all the messages in various mailboxes and finds messages which meet various criteria and moves them to Deleted Items. The mailboxes in question are ...
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Is my hard drive starting to fail?

My MacBook Pro (mid-2012, 16GB, i7 2.3) has started to misbehave: very slow to start up and shut down application launches are slow system becomes nearly unusable when "free" memory approaches zero. ...
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Performance issues, can I recover memory?

In the past month I am having some serious performance issues with my MacBook Pro (2008 model). From the activity monitor, I get that the CPU usage is low (25%), disk usage is low (256 GB SSD drive, ...
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Awful Network Performance

I have a MacBook pro running Mountain Lion. When I copy files over the local network, I get around 200Kb/s on a 1Gbps link (the light on the switch indicates 1Gbps). This morning I went to download ...
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Does an old Intel Core Duo Mac Mini have enough performance to run the latest Garageband?

I am getting a used Mac Mini primarily so I can record music using Garageband. Will the 2007 or 2009 models have enough performance to run the latest Garageband and latest OS X? I will at most ...
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Do more desktops occupy more ram?

I was an exposè addict and so do I am for mission control. I was wondering if for many desktop you have "instantiated" the more your computer slows. Since I am a developer i always have at least 5 ...
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Understanding active, inactive, free and swap memory allocation

this is a conceptual question that came up from an issue I have. I've been monitoring memory usage with iStat Pro and Activity Monitor for some weeks, since my MacBook Pro (OSX 10.8.4 Mountain Lion ...
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Getting performance measurement tools from Linux on Mac OS X

Mac OS X doesn't seem to have the Linux performance tools perf, pidstat, or mpstat. What other software has equal functionality on OS X? Or, how can I install these?
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Disable loopback interface lo0 on 10.8.4?

For testing purposes (testing raw network speed over a number of cables) i have equippped my Mac Book pro with a Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter besides the built-in gigabit ethernet ...
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Are there serious problems using a 2012 MacBook Air (13 inch) for web development?

Hello I am totally new to the Mac world and I am interested can I use the MBA for web dev. My needs are modest: Adobe Photoshop CS6 Sublime Text 3 MAMP/XAMPP I do not need to optimize for 3D ...
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Comparison of the new macbook air and iMac Core Duo 2 2.66

I am planning to buy the new Macbook Air 13", as I need something more mobile, but only have a limited budget. So the Air 13" seems like a perfect solution. Currently I have a iMac which I bought ...
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Tool for determining performance bottleneck

I am using my early 2011 MacBook Pro for iOS development, Photoshop work, and the like, and it is at times quite sluggish. Is there a tool that I can just run for a day, and then look at the ...
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System very slow while and after login

I'm using OS X 10.8.4 on a Mac Mini with 2.3 GHz Core i5 and 8 GB RAM. For security reason I have to lock my computer to screensaver while I leave my seat for a while. I set it up so that password ...
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Comparing performance between the 2012/2013 MBA 13' baseline model

The MBA just launch and I did a little research on the baseline 13 inches for both years: -- MBA 13' (2012): i5-3317U @ 1.7GHz (turbo: 2.6GHz); 4000 Graphics: 350MHz-1050MHz MBA 13' (2013): ...
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For the Apple SSD drives, will they run slower with less free space available?

From what I understand, most SSDs will run slower once there is 20% or less free space available, due to TRIM/garbage collection. However, are Apple SSDs the same way? The reason I ask is because ...
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Corsair GS 180 slowdown in Macbook Pro over a year's time

I installed a Corsair GS 180 SSD (revision 5.020000) in my Macbook Pro, around this time last year. (July 2012.) I ran the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test application, and ended up with: Write: 219.0 MB/s ...
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Mac OS Virtual Box performances [closed]

If you run Mac OS 10.8 with Virtual Box (on Linux), on a computer that supports hardware virtualization, how good will be the performances? With a powerful computer (i7, 8gb of ram, ssd hd), would ...
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Does An External Solid State Drive (SSD) Increase Performance In The Same Manner That An Internal One Would ?

I've read quite a bit on Ask Different and elsewhere about how fitting a Solid State Drive (SSD) is one of the best ways (if not the best way) to increase the performance of your Apple Mac computer. ...
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2010 2.66 GHz 12 core Mac Pro not utilizing all 24 threads?

I just recently purchased a 2010 Mac Pro. I am wondering why all 24 threads never go past 50% usage when doing CPU intensive tasks. My coworker has a 2009 2.93 GHz 8 core Mac Pro and we both tried ...
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How do I debug Airport Extreme (5th gen) + iPhone 5 wifi performance problems?

Right around when I bought iPhone 5s for my wife and me I also moved in to a new, larger house. I was finding that wifi performance on our fancy new phones was terrible: I have a 35mbps internet ...
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Sluggish performance with Airport gear on 5 GHz

I've a network that is powered by an Airport Extreme and extended by an Airport Express. My Airport Extreme broadcasts 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz channels separately. 2.4 GHz operates on channel 4 and 5 GHz ...
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is it worth it to install SSD internally, instead of using USB3?

I prefer to keep my boot drive external, so that I can quickly boot using another Mac if my primary Mac fails. I use a USB3 drive dock to connect the drive to my Macs. I bought a 120GB SSD w/SATA3 ...
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MBP w/ OS X 10.8.3 Performing Quite Slowly Lately

My MBP (2.66 GHz i7, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD) is about two or so years old. It's been running like a champ for most of its life. However, within the past few months, I've noticed a considerable degradation ...
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2010 Mac Pro beachballing/freezing

My machine is a 2010 Mac Pro 2 x 2.66 6-core intel xeon with 32 GBs of ram running Mac OS X 10.8.3. Just the other day it started to beach ball after about an hour of use. It doesn't make any ...
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OS X unusably unresponsive after upgrading 10.6 to 10.8

Every other click and keystroke seems to cause my MacBook to just freeze for minutes at a time. (I saw How to fix OS X Lion being unresponsive? but I'm not seeing much swap activity nor is my RAM ...
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Is there a guideline for the max number of active fonts

I manage my fonts through FontExplorer X. Today I noticed that I have 770 fonts activated. All legitimately licensed, by the way. The Adobe CS family installs a bunch, I've purchased and have received ...
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Hot File Clustering with multiple partitions

I'm planning a performance-oriented clean install of OS X 10.6 and I was wondering if the hot file clustering feature will exists only on the boot partition or if there will be one for each partition ...
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Mac Mini has slowed to an unbearable crawl!

I've read a lot of other questions about speed, but my question does not seem to be answered anywhere. My Mac Mini is running so slow that I cannot see what I am typing. It takes up to 15 seconds to ...
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Can spotlight be reset when it misbehaves, is wrong or constantly indexing?

On my 4-month old mid-2012 MacBook Pro I observe that Spotlight seems to want to ALWAYS re-index. I frequently notice that the performance will get unbearably slow and I can hear the hard drive ...
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What's the noticeable speed difference between these two Mac computers? [closed]

Someone wants to trade his new iPhone 5, his 20" iMac, and some cash for my 15" Macbook Pro. Here are the specs for my MBP and his iMac: My Early 2011 15in Macbook Pro 2.2GHz i7 4GB Ram AMD Radeon ...
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Cursor stuttering: “IOHIDSystem cursor update overdue. Resending.”

My 2011 iMac running Lion recently developed a new problem; the mouse cursor stutters. At random intervals when I move the mouse it lags, then jumps, like it missed a couple of frames. Ordinarily I'd ...
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Time machine backup is very slow (new TM drive and large amount of data)

I have data (mostly photos) on an external WD 2Tb drive (about 930gb) I have just installed a 3Tb Lacie drive and want to use it as the TM drive to back up the external WD drive and the Mac HD (very ...
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/usr/bin/nice and Handbrake

This is really two questions... If a process is run with nice (/usr/bin/nice in the default OS X Mountain Lion installation) will it run processes in equivalent time compared to that process being run ...
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How accurate is System Report on RAM speed?

I have successfully replaced 2 * 4GB DDR3 1333 MHz RAM (Samsung) with 2 * 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz RAM (CnMemory). Everything runs fine and System Report is displaying the RAM is running at 1600 MHz. Now I ...
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How to check if MacBook battery is genuine?

My white MacBook's battery has completely died, so I'm looking for a replacement. It costs $150 from Apple, or about $70 for allegedly genuine Apple batteries on eBay: I'm leaning toward this ...
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What is the normal fan speed for the 15'' Retina Macbook Pro?

What is the typical fan speed for a 15'' Retina Macbook Pro ? I would like to compare it with mine using istatpro