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Questions tagged [performance]

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

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Why are my guests in VirtualBox so slow?

I have Mojave 10.14.3, running VirtualBox 6.0.4 and with Debian 9 (with XFCE) as the guest OS. I have installed the guest additions, no errors. I can verify that the usual vbox modules are running: ...
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How to improve the performance of an Ubuntu Virtual Machine running in VirtualBox?

I'm using VirtualBox 6.0.4 to run a Ubuntu 18.0.4 guest on a MacBook Pro 2018 host with macOS Mojave. The MacBook host has an i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. Along VirtualBox, I'm running Google Chrome. ...
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My mac is starting slow. I know login items, CleanMyMac. What else?

My MAC has a slow start-up time (at times, 5s or more before initial black screen with Apple logo). I am aware of login items. I have used CleanMyMac. Is there anything else I should check for? Thank ...
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Intel® Core™ i5-7360U Processor bottleneck for an RTX 2060 GPU

I am planning to buy an RTX 2060 GPU, primarily for deep learning. I have a MacBook Pro 13-Inch (Mid-2017 Retina Display), which has a Intel® Core™ i5-7360U Processor. I read at certain places on the ...
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System slowness: How to disable or short-circuit tccd in Mojave? (slows app & subprocess startup)

There's a serious problem that's come up especially in Mojave and Apple seems to not really be interested in resolving this from my discussions with engineers in the know. It especially manifests ...
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What are the ways in which installed software can negatively impact OSX speed over time?

Applications installed on macOS are not always completely self-contained. Sometimes they write files in multiple locations outside their .app bundle, taking up space that they sometimes occupy even ...
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How does installing XCode, Visual Studio and Unity on my mac impact my computer's speed?

Most of the time I use my mac computer for graphics design but I enjoy coding too. Since clean-installing macOS a few months ago, I avoided installing XCode, Unity and Visual Studio for fear that with ...
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Performance comparison iOS 12 / iOS 11?

After I upgraded to iOS 11 on an iPhone 6, I noticed different forms of performance loss: lag to start some applications, interface buttons which seems like on slow motion, virtual keyboard starting ...
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General computer slow-down while transfering files

I frequently need to transfer files between 10 GB and 1 TB as part of my work, typically between external drives and network servers. Whenever I transfer files, the computer slows down to being ...
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Chances Migration Assistant will improve performance of Air-2011?

I need to improve performance of my Macbook Air mid-2011. I'm considering to re-install MacOS from the scratch using Migration Assistant for that purpose. I recently migrated from original 256GB SSD ...
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Mojave Terminal lags with color

Last week I bought a 2018 13inch MacBook Air with Retina display running Mojave 10.14.1. I do lots of work on the terminal and have been disappointed to find that the terminal lags severely whenever ...
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How to avoid lags when listening to music on a Mac?

On a Mac 10.13.6 I am usually listening to music using the command line command mplayer. However, when the computer is under rather heavy load, the music sometimes stops for a fraction of a second up ...
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How to limit RAM in an OSX device? [duplicate]

Related to my other question, I'm about to buy a new Mac Mini. I would like to reduce RAM to 8GB in order to see if 8GB is enough to my daily tasks in my MBP retina 15 early 2013 16GB RAM. The idea ...
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Mac Mini mouse icon stutters and sometimes unresponsive

The mouse icon on my Mac Mini (macmini6,2 - 10.14.1) has started stuttering. It's not always, but most often. Sometimes it's so bad the icon won't move at all and I cannot click with my Magic Trackpad ...
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MacBook performance degrading while using external screen through some USB-C Adapters

The Setup: MacBook pro 2018 13" without touchbar Asus 24" Screen GooBay 62113/Inateck sc01001 USB-C Adapter When the Screen is connected through the GooBay Adapter via HDMI, the performance of ...
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Speed up FileVault decryption process

There is a reason for me (testing) to turn off FileVault encryption on the boot drive on my Mac running macOS High Sierra (long story, off topic). So, I turned it off in System Preferences. I also ...
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Which video player uses the least power on iPad A1475?

To maximize battery life which video player is the most efficient? For example, I notice that on Ubuntu, the Videos application runs significantly cooler than VLC for the same video. I have an iPad ...
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Why does it take so long when I click on the filename in the window title?

When I click on the filename of e.g. TextEdit, to change the file name and select where it is saved, it always take 1-2 seconds until the selector thingy pops up. That has always been like that for ...
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Does an iPhone battery drain faster in cold?

I have an iPhone SE and I have noticed the battery drainage is quicker when outside and in the winter. I have heard some websites and people say that batteries drain faster in cold. Is this true? I ...
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Can a “normal” user see all processes with htop?

Can I see all processes with "htop" or does it make sense to use "sudo htop" ? I use htop in the terminal (installed via brew / homebrew). My useraccount on the macbook is a default user no special ...
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My Passport Ultra transfer speed

I bought this device to replace an older HP external drive. This WD drive comes with a USB 3C cable and a USB 3 adapter. Im using it on a MPB - USB3 port. WD will only give me "theoretical" speed ...
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Would MacBook Air 2018 handle a constant run of a Windows VM for the Development

My work involves having both Mac and Windows on a laptop. While I need Mac for Xcode, I do some ASP.NET stuff tightly coupled with the Windows ecosystem. I wonder if a MacBook Air CPU with 16 GB RAM ...
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Mid 2015 retina MacBook Pro: Startup slow after SSD Upgrade

I've recently upgraded my Mid 2015 retina MacBook Pro's original 500 GB SSD to a 2 TB Samsung EVO 970 NVMe M.2 coupled with a recent model Sintech SSD adaptor. I am running macOS High Sierra 10.13.6. ...
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Is it faster to resize a Time Machine partition, or completely wipe it and back up again from scratch?

I have a ~500GB Time Machine partition I'd like to shrink slightly. My internal source partition is around 400GB. Resizing the partition would be extremely slow, since Disk Utility has to check all ...
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GUI unresponsive or slow, but CPU and RAM healthy

I've go two MacBooks: MacBook Air, 11-inch, 2013, running 10.11.6, 8GB RAM, 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7, integrated graphics MacBook Pro, 15-inch, 2018, running 10.13.6, 32GB RAM, 2.9 GHz Intel Core i9, ...
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How to diagnose slow file transfer performance?

I just bought a brand new MacBook Pro and am transferring files from a brand new external SSD hard drive. Performance is much lower than I expected. The picture is showing ~44 MBps, which has been on ...
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How to change Open/Save dialog speed

Open/Save dialogs on my Mac (macOS 10.14.1) delay about 0.5 to 1 seconds. How do I change this delay to zero seconds?
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High Sierra performance problems - efilogin-helper taking a lot of CPU

I have a stock 2015 15" MacBook Pro, i7 / 16GB / 512GB, still runs on High Sierra because I am contemplating to do a full clean install instead of an upgrade. Performance has been deteriorating to a ...
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How can I troubleshoot my slow 2015 Early MacBook Air 13" laptop?

I have a 2015 Early MacBook Air 13", 1.6 Ghz, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD (with 90GB free space) running macOS High Sierra 10.13.6. When I'm using Safari with only 4-5 windows open, it slows down. I have to ...
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Slow animations/graphics after waking from sleep or sometimes at random

Product: Model Name: MacBook Pro Model Identifier: MacBookPro11,4 Processor Name: Intel Core i7 Processor Speed: 2,2 GHz Number of Processors: 1 Total Number of Cores: 4 L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB ...
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com.apple.hiservices-xpcservice results in frequent hangs and freezes in my mac

Problem: com.apple.hiservices-xpcservice hangs repeatedly ever since I upgraded to macOS Mojave 10.14.1. Now,everytime the process hangs it is indicated by red colored fonts in the Activity Monitor. ...
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Apple Watch: Is Apple Watch series 3 wireless speed faster than Apple Watch series 1?

One of the problems I have with Apple Watch series 1 is the connection speed. Sometimes it takes a while for the weather, events near me or apple map to appear. I assume this is because of the ...
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System spiking CPU usage (causing 6000+ rpm on fans)

Im running a mid-2012 macbook pro on 10.9.5. I've been having massive lag spikes over the last few weeks which have gotten more consistent and prevalent the last day. I have been wearing this macbook ...
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Is having too much stuff on the Desktop still a performance killer? [closed]

See for example This article Or this one Or this one Now, the answer to this question seems to suggest that the problem is icons on the desktop needing to be repeatedly redrawn, but the articles ...
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How to improve Parallels disk access on PCIe SSD?

I am running High Sierra and a PCIe AHCI SSD and the latest version of Parallels Desktop 14 running Windows 10. My SSD benchmarks at around 1,060MB/s read and 800MB/s write on the Mac. However, in ...
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Is a 2008/9 Mac Pro cluster a viable option to a 2018 iMac?

So I can decide whether to use a small cluster of older Mac Pros or a single modern iMac assume I have a problem which will execute adequately in G gigabytes of RAM, and that the problem can use ...
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Does it make sense to change thermal paste on old MacBook Air?

I have an old MacBook Air 13' 2011. I'm not particularly facing any critical heating issues, although during high load temperature can go as high as 90-100 °C and aluminium case becomes so hot, it ...
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Apple Samsung 512 GB SSUBX SSD: Half as fast in MacBook Pro 15“ 2015 than in MBPR 13” 2014?

I have an Apple Samsung 256 GB SSUBX SSD which when installed in a 13" MacBook Pro Retina 2014 delivers 1,300-1,450 MB/s Read-Write, whereas when installed in newer 15" MacBook Pro Retina 2015 only ...
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MacBook Pro with shot battery, possible to prevent CPU throttling?

I have a late-2013 MacBook Pro 15" which still has the original battery. It's at 1,144 charging cycles, and a few days ago the battery health was at about 50%, though since then it plunged to 4%. The ...
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My MacBook is slow recently. How do I fix this?

My MacBook has become very slow recently and not because of any software update. But it just became suddenly slow. Logging in to my account takes 2 minutes and even opening a terminal window takes a ...
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loginwindow high CPU usage

I have simple zsh script which executes the following code at a regular interval. spotify_track=`osascript -e 'tell application "Spotify" to name of current track as string'`; This is causes ...
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CPU speed of the Macbook Pro Retina downclocked

I've a MacBook Pro 15" late 2013. For a long time I have encoded videos with handbrake and the CPU was very hot for hours. The clock speed was about 2.8GHz (I have the 2.3GHz model) and the ...
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MacBook Pro (Mid 2014) 4k external displays performance

I was using my MacBook pro for years with two external full HD displays without a problem. Recently I switched to two 4K displays and since then fans in my MacBook spin all the time when when hooked ...
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Which OS should I downgrade to?

I recently bought a 2nd-hand iMac which has the following specifications: iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011) Processor: 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 Memory: 16 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2048 MB ...
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Very slow SMB on MacOS with 10G network

We have a 10 Gigabit network with a mix of Windows 10, Linux and MacOS (Sierra 10.12.6) machines. The transfer speeds between the Windows or Linux machines are OK: between 500 and 800 MB/s for big ...
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How to get min FPS in macOS

I'm trying to find out how to get minimum FPS (frame per second) values in macOS, to measure lag in an application. I'm debugging a webpage in Chrome, however I cannot use the built in FPS meter as ...
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Dual monitors Dell P2415Q 13" MacBook Pro 2018, 2.7 GHZ Quad Core i7, 16gb RAM, 256gb SSD [closed]

I'm looking to buy dual Dell 4k 24-inch P2415Q monitors for my new 13" Macbook Pro 2018. I'm concerned about iGPU performance. Has anyone already tried to run dual 4k monitors on 13" Macbook pro ...
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Macbook performance issues with browsers

I have a MacBook Pro from 2013, and I'm having issues in both Chrome and Firefox - both are slowing down to a crawl, and when I check Activity Monitor I have multiple processes (in all the 'tabs' at ...
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Is High Sierra noticeable slower than Sierra?

I I have a macbook pro 2012 15" i7 (quad core) with a SSD drive and 16G RAM. Last night I've updated from Sierra to High Sierra and I've noticed that everything seems to be kind of slow. Before the ...
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Virtual Machine vs. Remote Desktop performance on 2012 MBPr

MacBook specs: i7 2.3ghz processor 256gb SSD 16gb RAM Intel HD graphics 4000 I am trying to write, compile, and run c# windows form apps on my Mac, and I'm having little to no success. I've done ...