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

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Early 2011 MBA vs. Late 2011 MBA: NVIDIA GeForce 320M vs. Intel graphics [closed]

Which is the faster overall Macbook Air (MBA) comparing: MacBookAir3,2 Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Speed: 2.13 GHz Number of Processors: 1 Total Number of Cores: 2 L2 ...
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How about Parallels 7's Lion support especially in graphics performance?

I heard that Parallels 6 lack of GPU acceleration with Lion guest. So it's very slow. How about this on Parallels 7?
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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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Mac Pro Memory - Should I use 8 RAM slots in dual-channel mode or 6 RAM slots in triple-channel mode?

I have a Mac Pro tower with a 2 x 2.66 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon chipset, and 8 RAM slots. I have been told because of the processor's triple-channel memory capability that I should be installing RAM ...
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What can you do to speed up your iOS device? [closed]

What things can you do to increase the speed of your iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch? It appears that over time, the iPhone gets slower and slower over time, and I have picked up a couple of tricks here ...
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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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Are there advanced performance profiling tools (ideally, with a graphical interface) aside from DTrace?

Simply put, I'm looking for a utility akin to Windows NT's Performance Monitor (perfmon.exe). The ability to specify which metrics I want to track (ex. reads/sec, writes/sec) for a given object (ex. ...
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Hard disk performance drastically declined after OS X Lion upgrade

After upgrading to Lion (10.7.1) a while ago I'm currently faced with a very poor performance of my system. It's a 2.2 GHz Core2Duo with 4 GB RAM and a 500GB HD. E.g. the JBoss6 AS needs about 5 ...
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How fast should my MBP internal drive be?

I'be been experiencing an ongoing (if not precisely measurable) feeling that my MBP is underperforming, and it seems to be related to disk IO. I recently downloaded a disk benchmarking tool, to see ...
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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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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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Will I see performance boost if I add memory with these Page-In/Page-Out statistics?

Currently, if I open Photoshop after a days time, the load up time is about 5 seconds. If I close and open again (right after), the load up time is about 2 seconds (I assume this is caching?). Can ...
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Does iOS 4.2 improve performance on the iPhone 3G?

I've "inherited" an iPhone 3G from a friend who upgraded to iPhone 4. He had complined about the slowness of iOS 4. Although I personally have no problems with it, I was wondering if iOS 4.2 offers ...
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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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What scenarios benefit from Mac OS X allowing apps to run when no document windows remain?

As a rule of thumb programs on Mac OS X stay running when you close all their document windows. This is the behavior I noticed in MacVim, VmWare Fusion, Chrome and host of other applications. I ...
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Are there any performance limitations when running a VM of a Boot Camp installation?

I'm planning on installing Windows on my Mac, and would like to be able to use both Boot Camp (for when I need to be able to use all of the hardware of the computer) and a virtual machine (for those ...
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Snow Leopard vs. Lion performance: what are the differences?

Is Snow Leopard or Lion faster? And how significant is the speed difference?
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Will upgrading to Lion boost performance and responsiveness?

I remember going from Leopard to Snow Leopard was a huge performance boost. Going to Lion, is it going to be the case? Read so many reviews yet none of them discussed this (many discussed gestures ...
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Mac app to show cumulative CPU usage?

Activity Monitor will show you how much CPU time the current instances of each process have taken. I want an app that will show the total CPU time all instances of each process have taken, so I can ...
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XCode 4 - slow performance [closed]

I have an issue with XCode 4 which is responding very slowly to user interactions (e.g. editing code, scrolling areas). This particularly happens with larger scale projects with many controllers/view, ...
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What is the point with iMac + SSD?

The newly released iMac can be built with an optional 256 GB SSD. To complement this, the new iMac's also contains the Intel Z68 chipset: Z68 mproves performance by putting files that are ...
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iPhoto '11 is really slow to launch

Ever since updating to iPhoto '11 it has become incredibly slow to launch. Using it is acceptable performance wise, but launching is terribly slow. I just closed it and reopened it to get an accurate ...
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The new iMacs come with AMD HD 6770M or HD 6970M. How do they compare?

the 27" versions of the new iMac come with either the AMD HD 6770M or HD 6970M GPU. How do they compare performancewise? Is it worth its money?
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Will reducing the number of or disabling spaces improve performance?

If I turn off spaces on my MacBook, or reduce the number of spaces, will that improve graphics performances? EDIT: I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.7 Snow Leopard on a MacBook 7,1 with 2GB of memory
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Why has moving emails from my inbox in Mail.app become so slow?

Sometime in the last few weeks, Mail.app has become painfully slow when moving an email out of the inbox and into a folder. I have five email accounts that I check in Mail.app—one is pop3 and the ...
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How do I tell what processes are driving I/O loads?

Something is driving a lot of Disk I/O on my system lately. I can see in ActivityMonitor that there are huge volumes of reads and writes every second. But none of the "normal" suspects are active when ...
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Browsers performance in OS X [closed]

This is to collect the UI performance experiences we have with browsers in OS X. I don't care about the benchmarks I care about how fast the UI responds to the user's actions. I have come to the ...