Questions tagged [performance]

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

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kernel_task hundreds of % CPU yet cpu frequency is being lowered

I'm trying to solve the mystery of a crazy high cpu usage on kernel_task. MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7, Yosemite 10.10.2 I saw some advice to download the Intel Power Gadget....
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How to keep an SSD in shape on Yosemite?

As of OS X 10.10, Apple uses kext signing. Ever since it has become difficult and dangerous to manually activate TRIM for third-party SSDs on OS X. That means users with non-Apple SSDs will sooner or ...
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How to simulate slow internet connections on the mac

What's a good software solution to slow down internet connections on the mac for testing and simulations? My primary need is when testing code in the iPhone / iOS simulator, so slowing down the ...
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Can I manually limit the %CPU used by a process?

I would like to limit the amount of CPU time dedicated to certain processes (e.g. Firefox, Safari, ...). I can't understand why such programs, even when not used (nothing loading, no animations, ...
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Why is kernel_task using so much CPU?

I have a Macbook Pro Retina with the following hardware: Model Name: MacBook Pro Model Identifier: MacBookPro11,1 Processor Name: Intel Core i5 Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz Number of Processors: 1 ...
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Why would I disable swap file in Mac OS X?

I came across a thread about installing an SSD drive in MacBook Pro. Someone in the comments also recommended to disable the swap file but didn't say why: sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/...
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What's the fastest connection speed / shortest elapsed time using Migration Assistant?

When using Migration Assistant to move users, files, and folders from an old Mac to a new one, you have a few different choices, depending on the Macs involved. Presuming that both Macs have ...
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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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WindowServer high CPU on Yosemite

This is a follow up to So my Yosemite install is slow - what to do? Since installing Yosemite a week or so ago my machine is very sluggish. I am a web developer so I change windows/apps a lot. ...
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How can I disable CPU throttling and CPU disabling?

On a 2011 17" MacBook Pro (i7, 10.6, 16GB ram) I do not have any options in the energy saver preference panel to control CPU throttling. I need to be able to disable CPU throttling for short periods ...
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How can I disable CPU throttling on Late 2006 MacBook with no battery? [duplicate]

The problem I am experiencing is that if the battery is not present, the CPU is automatically throttled. I have done some searching and have found that this is apparently by design, "in case the ...
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WiFi Performance via Terminal

Is it possible to test the performance of a WiFi via the terminal? Basically, I want to check how good WiFi is in some spaces of my home to figure out where to place a access points. Can the ...
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Is it possible to disable CPU throttling on a MacBook Pro with a completely dead (not recognized) battery?

I have a MBP late 2011 running El Capitan, recently my battery died (x over the icon and "no battery available" in the dropdown.) I've noticed since then that CPU intensive tasks are very slow, and I ...
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Time Machine ridiculously slow after El Capitan upgrade

I recently updated to El Capitan, and told Time Machine to backup. It got stuck on Preparing Backup for hours, so I stopped it, deleted the InProgress file, rebooted and tried again. After ~30 mins, ...
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Ridiculously slow MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro (I think mid 2012). About three months ago it started running really slow, so I renstalled the OS with a recovery partition. For a few weeks it ran very well with an overall very ...
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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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Broken battery - downgraded performance

I have old MacBook Pro that has a dead battery. It is not charging, and displays always 0% battery charge. OS X is downgrading performance when battery level is close to something about 5% or 10%. Is ...
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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 are the differences between journaling HFS+ and non-journaling HFS+?

I'm about to format an external hard disk drive (HDD). What are the key differences between journaling HFS+ and non-journaling HFS+? Apart from the fact that one has journaling and the other does not,...
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How can I figure out which tab in Safari is using CPU?

I usually have several tabs open in Safari in the background, and sometimes I see it taking up an unusual amount of CPU (PluginProcess or WebProcess). How can I figure out which tab (or tabs) is ...
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WindowServer is eating lots of CPU, can't work out why

2019 16" MBP running 10.15.4. WindowServer is eating a lot of CPU, idling at 10-20%-ish even with nothing much running. Fans are constantly going because of it. I've disabled transparency and stopped ...
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Alternative activity monitors for OS X?

I’m a bit intrigued by the new detailed activity monitors and progress indicators in Windows 8 (copying files, the task monitor, network activity, etc.) It got me thinking: surely there must be some ...
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Multi threaded CPU intensive task throttles CPU way before temperatures limits

I have written a very CPU intensive threaded task that works as expected on my 2012 MacBook Pro quad core. I turn it loose with 20 threads and the temperatures get up to about 100 °C as measured with ...
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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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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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Why is cp command 4 times slower than copying in Finder in OS X 10.6?

I accidentally stumbled upon this issue: Copying a 119 MB zip file took 4 times longer in Terminal (cp) than in Finder! I copied a file of 119 MB size in Terminal with time cp file.zip file2.zip ...
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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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Does force closing apps have any benefit on iOS devices?

I've gotten mixed answers from various websites and people concerning this question, and I wanted to put it out there for all of you to answer once and for all. The question is, does force closing ...
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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 that ...
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com.apple.hiservices-xpcservice results in frequent hangs and freezes in my mac

Update (2019): The issue still persits even in macOS Mojave, tried everything I could find, nothing seems to solve the issue as of yet! Problem: com.apple.hiservices-xpcservice hangs repeatedly ever ...
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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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Computer slows when battery is low

My Macbook Pro running Mountain Lion slows down dramatically when the battery is below 4-5%. All the applications running are very slow to respond, and several have the "Application not responding" ...
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How can I verify if Apple is slowing down my phone because of an old battery?

Apple has recently confirmed they're slowing down phones which have a battery that's too old. How can I verify if that's the case for my particular model? Is there an app that can tell me the current "...
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Why is Illustrator throttled to 2% speed when it's in the background?

I regularly run a .jsx script in Adobe Illustrator that saves a bunch of files in a particular format. while Illustrator is the active app, running the script on 5 files takes 23 seconds. When ...
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New MacBook Pro slow performance, battery not working

I have a very recent (mid-2014) MacBook Pro Retina 15" that has been working fine since I got it (about two months). Suddenly, it has begun to run very slow in all apps, even though CPU usage is very ...
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Serious Performance Problems using Expose in Catalina

Summary I am having a problem where using Expose to drag a window from one Space to another causes an enormous slowdown that looks almost comical - like the machine turns into a ouija board and load ...
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What dowload speeds is the Apple USB Ethernet Adapter capable of?

I have a 2014 MBP running 10.13.6. The first two pics show my baseline ethernet performance, with the Speedtest desktop app, and with Fast.com, respectively. I get this same performance with ...
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How to monitor and control thermal CPU throttling in OS X?

I recently came across the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility for Windows. I tried it under Bootcamp Windows and it was very interesting to learn in what situations my MacBook Pro's (mid2012) CPU is doing ...
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Do computers slow down as they age?

I have an eMac I bought in 2004. I just used the system restore CD to re-install Panther, iLife '04, Internet Explorer for Mac(!), etc. I don't have any timed specs from "back then", so I can't answer ...
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Kernel_task using 300% CPU time, high fan speed and slow computer in MacBook Pro [duplicate]

My MacBook Pro has become slow lately. Activity monitor shows kernel task is using around 300% CPU. The fan is always on at high speed. Below are the details of my computer: Macbook Pro 13-inch, Mid ...
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Yosemite: Accessibility zoom + multiple monitors = poor performance

Ever since upgrading to Yosemite, the accessibility zoom feature is unusable when connected to an external monitor. Steps to reproduce: Enable Zoom in System Preferences - Accessibility. Connect an ...
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How can I diagnose or fix the CalendarAgent occupying a whole CPU on Mountain Lion?

Since I upgraded to Mountain Lion from Lion I see the CalendarAgent process occupying a large amount of 1 CPU on my late-2008 MacBook Pro. To fix this (as suggested by a Google result) I tried ...
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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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How would enabling FileVault alter my system and TM performance?

What are the pros and cons, performance-wise, of enabling and using FileVault? Is there any at all, or does it slow a computer down significantly or on the contrary speed it up? Also, what effect will ...
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Is there any way to speed up my iPhone 3G since upgrading to iOS4

I have recently upgraded my iPhone 3G to iOS4 and there is some noticeable performance issues will some of the basic tasks (text messaging, loading application, etc.) I have restarted my iPhone and ...
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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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How can I diagnose really poor performance of my 13" MBP 2011 on 10.6?

The specs are: 2011 MBP 13" Core i7 4Gb RAM 320Gb HDD (not SSD) I use the system for work everyday, I almost always run the following: Mail.app Chrome (7-10 tabs) Terminal (2-3 sessions) Skype ...
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Monitor GPU performance on OSX

Is there an application or tool that can monitor GPU performance on OS X? Specifically I would like to see the current speed/utilization and temperature of the integrated NVIDIA chip. For Windows, ...
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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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Is there a task manager for OS X El Capitan?

Something's causing my Mac to bottleneck on startup and on wake. I'm curious if I can isolate this by leaving a monitor program running so I can see what's eating up the CPU. How can I check CPU ...