Slow Leopard

Author: Brian Brinkman

Here at Stream Creative we pride ourselves in being at the forefront of adapting new technologies.  I love testing the latest software, downloading new iPhone apps, etc.  Upgrading to Snow Leopard seemed like a no brainer.  My understanding was Snow Leopard was supposed to just improve performance and stability over OS 10.5 Leopard.  Well, having used it for 2 weeks now on one Mac in our studio I have to say I am not happy with the results. In general, the OS seems snappier and some of the new features are nice, but I instantly noticed my web browsers and Mail seem slower.

Today I did some simple testing to see if my perceptions were accurate.  Here are the results.  Please note, I’m not an IT professional, just a guy that works on Macs everyday in our workplace.

Here is a Speed Test running Snow Leopard (v 10.6.2) – iMac 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo:

For comparison, here is a different Mac in our studio.  Leopard (v 10.5.8) – iMac 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo:

As you can see, it will take me a approx a full minute longer to download a 35mb video clip.  Here is one more test that I found particularly interesting.  I ran the speed test one more time using the Snow Leopard machine, but using Windows 7 in Parallels:

The results from Windows 7 in Parallels were comparable to my colleague running Leopard.

My advice…if you haven’t done so already, hold off upgrading to Snow Leopard.  I will continue to research the issue and report back if I can fix the problem or if I see any improvement through software updates.  Please feel free to comment on this blog if you have any insights you would like to share on this issue.  Thanks.

Topics: 10.6, Apple, 10.5, Internet, Leopard, OS X, Parallels, Slow, Snow, Speed Test, Window 7

About the Author:

Brian is one of the founding partners at Stream Creative. His roles and responsibilities range from Operations to Accounting, Design to HR. Trained as a Graphic Designer, Brian’s experience and aptitude for technology bring a variety of technical skills to the Stream Creative team.

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