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

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How to find out which Safari tab is using massive memory?

As described in my other question, Safari on OS X 10.6. is causing me massive problems (with my way of working like having many tabs in Safari open for a long time). I just realized that after ...
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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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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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Which Time Machine backup destination over Wi-Fi to choose: old computer running Ubuntu or Time Capsule?

Here is my situation. I live in a shared house where there is already a wireless router that other people use. I have a Macbook Air that has 128GB of hard drive. I want to use Time Machine for ...
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Which one is faster? iMac 27 with Quad Core i5 2.7GHz or a Macbook Pro 15 with Quad Core i7 2GHz?

They are about the same price ($100 difference, iMac $1699, Macbook Pro $1799), and iMac: Quad Core i5 2.7GHz Macbook Pro: Quad Core i7 2.0GHz How can you tell which processor is faster? (the iMac ...
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How much does Hardware Growler affect performance?

I'm interested in knowing how much Hardware Growler affects performance. My MacBook's performance at some of point in time became terrible and I could not figure out the reason. The Beachball of ...
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MacBookPro / MacBookAir performance question [closed]

I plan to replace my old MacBook with a new MacBookPro or Air but I am not exactly sure what I need. I work as a windows software developer so I need to run Windows with Visual Studio 2010. I am very ...
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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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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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Poor battery performance on MacBook Pro

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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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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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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How to set up Loki Render on Mac OS X Lion

I am trying to do network rendering in Blender3D using Loki Render across my 3 Xserves. I have no experience in setting up network rendering and the instructions that are given on the Loki Render home ...
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How can I effectively analyse my macbook's performance issues?

In recent months my macbook has been steadily running slower. It's about 2 years old and gets heavy use so my initial suspicions are that maybe the hard drive is starting to get old. I used the disk ...
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Can I force Mac OS to cache my most frequently used applications?

If I buy a lot of ram for my new iMac (16GB), is there a way to make the system cache my most frequently used applications so the launch time is much faster?
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Wifi on Macbook vs Macbook Pro

How will you rate your wifi experience and over all experience between Macbook and Macbook pro? How much of that good or bad is to do with Aluminium body?
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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 folders ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can CPU Speed Stepping be prevented?

A while ago, I asked a question regarding the reason behind my computer slowing when it had ~5% battery or less. I was told that it was either CPU speed stepping or the Macbook Pro automatically ...
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iTunes can only perform one task at a time

Ever since updating to the latest version of iTunes on my dual core mac mini, iTunes can only perform one task at a time beach balling the entire time. For example if it is downloading a podcast, and ...
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Macbook Pro just started overheating and losing frame rate

It's strange because I've had Diablo III for a couple weeks now and I've been able to play it just fine without any performance problems. Starting today though, I've experienced some serious ...
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Is there a slowing of app download speed when an iPad is locked?

I've noticed that downloading apps continue to download in the background as well as when the iPad is locked. Is there a speed decrease in either of these situations (assuming the foreground app isn't ...
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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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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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Problematic performance of Adobe CS5.5 suite on OSX (Snow Leopard)

We are running some 17 iMacs ranging from 2008 models to 2010 models, all with 4gb ram. Most are on 10.5, the newest one on 10.6 We upgraded from CS 4 to CS 5.5 last month. We also upgraded from ...
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Performance hit on USB disks passed-through to Parallels guest

In the given configuration the read performance of an external USB3 disk passed through to a Linux guest in Parallels is cut roughly in half. The same disk connected directly to OS X achieves the ...
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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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Does free disk space actually help mac performance?

Anyone will tell you that freeing disk space will make your mac faster - specially noticeable if your disk is almost full. I don't know if that's true. Is it? And why, exactly? I just don't see how ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Macbook Retina 2013 CPU difference

According to Wikipedia, these are the CPU alternatives for the new MBPr 13". 2.4 GHz (i5-4258U) dual-core Intel Core i5 Crystalwell processor with 3 MB shared L3 cache (13") 2.6 GHz (i5-4288U) ...