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

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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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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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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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Help identify what uses the CPU when the Activity Monitor list of all processes does not help

Problem After rebooting, and with only Activity Monitor open, my MacBook Pro (10.6, i7) shows a very high idle % (98% or higher) but then shortly after drops down to 40% - 50%. In the Activity ...
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How do I improve my performance of my MBP (2009) after upgrading to 10.8.2

I'm relatively a novice when it comes to computers. I recently upgraded my MBP to the new OS X 10.8.2 and noticed that it's running much slower now. I purchased this laptop in the summer of 2009. ...
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Does the use of SSD give one a dramatic performance boost?

I use Mac book pro 15", and it's time to buy a new one. For HDD, now I see a new option of SSD, which is pretty expensive. I can expect shorter boot-up time and faster access of files, but I'm not ...
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How can I best use an SSD?

I have a Mac Pro, and I've added an Intel 80GB SSD to improve performance in LightRoom and Photoshop. So far so good. But after moving all of my current work, catalogs, etc. to the SSD, I still have ...
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What is the fastest iOS version for the iPhone 3GS?

I upgraded my wife's iPhone 3GS to iOS 5.0.1 and now basic tasks like opening apps like Texts/Phone dialer are now slower than before. I understand the 3GS is 2 years old, but just being able to type ...
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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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OWC SSD freezes regularly

I installed a new 115GB SSD with a clean lion install in my MacBook pro (2010) with the data doubler containing my old seagate hdd. The install took over five hours, which made me pretty suspicious ...
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Why might my mac be running extremely slowly at times?

This sounds like a pretty open, multi-possibility question, but I'm at a loss. I continually experience my mac falling behind by several words or characters. I mainly notice it in chrome and adium, ...
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Using memory with a higher MHz rating? [duplicate]

Can MacBook Pro's successfully support and fully exploit RAM of a higher MHz rating than that which they ship with? For example, take my 15" MacBook Pro (Late 2011) that ships with 4GB of 1333MHz ...
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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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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 can I speed up SD card writing speed (using /dev/disk*) on a MacBook Pro?

I've been installing some linux distributions onto an SD card from my MacBook, although they take over an hour to transfer a few hundred MB (using dd and /dev/disk1). If you look at the above ...
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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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16, 32, 64 GB iPhone / iPod touch: are there any negative effects of size?

I am debating between purchasing the 32 vs. 64 GB iPod touch. I would lean toward a smaller hard drive if there is an effect of size on speed or battery life. Aside from cost, are there any reasons ...
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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
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Apple Mail vs Thunderbird performance

I'm running Apple Mail 5.3 and Thunderbird 17.0.4 on Mac OS Lion 10.7.5. The system I'm running those apps it's an iMac with 3Gb of RAM and 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. I run both applications at the ...
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Sublime Text 2 input laggy

I use Sublime Text 2 (ST2) both on Linux & OS X Lion. When entering text, interacting with menus etc, ST2 is very laggy - I can type a few sentences very quickly, then take my hands of the ...
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Error while Compressing the Mail DB: file is encrypted or is not a database

I am trying to compress the Mail database by running the sqlite3 vacuum command. But I get the following error: SQL Error: file is encrypted or is not a database I was running Mac OS 10.6 and I ...
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How can I control (start/stop) applications and services that start up after reboot?

I have a Mac that is slow when using the internet, but other PCs on the same connection aren't as slow. I suspect there are too many AV scanners running concurrently, or there is some process that ...
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Can the iPad / iPad 2 handle iOS 6?

I've heard anecdotal evidence of iOS 6 seriously impairing the performance of the iPhone 4 (and had a poor personal experience with it on iOS 5). I was wondering if anyone has had any problems ...
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How to troubleshoot slow-as-molasses Safari 6?

When I upgraded to Lion, Safari 6 came along, and I find it so slow that it's almost unusable. The problem is most pronounced when first fetching pages, especially in the first few minutes after it ...
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Mountain Lion boot time extremely slow!

After I upgraded to Mountain Lion my MBP (late 2008) started to boot extremely slow. Last time it took 2 hours 46 minutes to boot, now it's already booting for 40 minutes. I've tried cmd+r (just ...
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iPod Nano 2G audio started skipping during music playback - what causes this?

My 5 year old iPod Nano "2G" 8GB has recently began skipping during song playback. It sounds like when a CD skips, a kind of digital glitching sound. But lately it's gotten really bad, where it will ...
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Slow in opening videos on iPod Touch

I have an iPod Touch 3G 64GB with 4.3.3, and, with just 5 videos loaded i get a problem with this symptoms: When I tap Videos, it takes ages to load, crashes, then I can load again, still slow Every ...
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Factory Settings to Speed Up Mac?

My iMac (2010, i3, 3.06 GHz, 4GB RAM) has been getting a little slower. My research shows memory can cause a slow performance, so I looked and most of the time, my RAM is allocated like this: . ...
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Why are disk images on AFP shares being disconnected?

I have a FreeNAS File Server which provides AFP shares to my Mac OS X clients. I'm seeing some strange performance issues between OS X 10.7.5 clients and the FreeNAS server. My goal is to use the ...
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Selecting a SSD for Fusion Drive

My aging Early 2009 Macbook White is getting a bit long in the tooth, so after learning about Fusion Drive, I'm considering combining the existing 500GB HDD with a budget-to-medium-class SSD drive, ...
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How can I put heavy load on my CPU for a long period of time?

How can I put my CPU under very high pressure for a long period of time? Are there programs for that that I can keep running ?
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What is an SSD drive's negotiated link speed?

When I look at my Apple SSD TS256C (Toshiba) in the System Profiler on my MacBook Pro (Late 2011), I see: Link Speed: 6 Gigabit Negotiated Link Speed: 3 Gigabit Why is that? Does that mean ...
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How to fix 10.8 internet sharing resulting in poor file sharing performance and no Time Machine server?

TL;DR - File sharing performance is extremely poor on a Mac Pro running 10.8.2 with file sharing enabled. Using it as a Time Machine server also no longer works in this setup. I have been ...
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Is it good to keep apps closed on iOS devices?

Is it better to keep apps closed (double tap home button, hold the icon, and exit the app), as much as possible on iOS devices? I know the more apps one has open, the more RAM, for example is used, ...
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What does FreeMemory actually do?

There's a highly-rated app on the Mac App Store called FreeMemory. It claims to be able to "increase your free memory with a simple click." Although it's free right now, I believe it normally goes ...
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Is 3G-less iPad considerably faster on wifi than iPad 3G?

I've just experimented with three 3G-less iPads and they all were much faster than this one iPad 3G that just never goes through my 128mb download, all over the same wifi. They're also all 16gb, if ...
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Want to increase spead and reponsiveness in older Mac

Current Information: Software: Mac OSX (10.5.8) Processor: 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Memory: 1 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM I want to get my computer moving faster, specifically around safari, itunes, ...
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How to choke network preformance on OS X [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to simulate slow internet connections on the mac For testing purposes I would like to choke the performance of the network on my OS X 10.8.2 machine. I have ...
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How does iPhone5 battery fare with always ON 3G, not heavy music listening (+ 1-2 hours of Bluetoth), ocassional GPS and Camera use? [closed]

I WILL keep the 3G always switched ON. Also continuous syncing of some services like Gmail, Twitter, Contacts/Calendar/Task apps, WhatsApp, FlipBoard/GoogleCurrents, SimpleNote, Instagram, IM, ...
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Apple TV required switching hardware / mobile WiFi router

I am considering Apple TV for a trips, but usually the hotels' wifis' connections are separated. I came up with using my Vodafone branded Huawei R201 mobile wifi router for that purpose, but I am not ...
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Why does running Luxology Modo cause a marked increase in performance for other 3D graphics apps?

Original post is at the bottom, newest update at the top. ;) I didn't think to add this before, but you can download a 15-day trial of Modo for free if anyone want to try this for themselves. If ...
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How to identify CPU and memory usage per process on iPhone?

There are many common apps available to show total system RAM usage and free. However, my understanding is only a jailbroken phone has access to the APIs to access PER PROCESS memory usage on iOS. ...
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Does Mac OS X load average reporting (via top) include processes waiting on IO?

I'm looking at the output of top to view my system's load average. I want to understand whether the load average is reporting processes just waiting for CPU, or whether it's reporting processes that ...
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How can I fix Firefox's jagged scrolling on Lion?

I noticed that scrolling in Firefox on Lion is not very pleasant experience. Is there a way to optimize it for better performance? I tried smooth scrolling setting - but it didn't do anything.