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OS 10.5 - Did Leopard speed up or slow down your Mac?


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I'm curious what affect Leopard has had on the speed of your Mac since you upgraded. I've heard that previous OS X updates were good about actually making your Mac faster than before. Coming from my background in Windows, quite the opposite was true.

Please include the follow in your reply so others with similar configs can use your system as a benchmark for what *might* happen with a similar setup.

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CPU Speed and Processor Type:
RAM:
Install type (Upgrade, clean install, archieve and install, etc):

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Faster here (from the moment Spotlight finished indexing and Time Machine finished it's initial full backup). How much faster? Not sure, but everything seems faster in general, and Mail.app absolutely SCREAMS now. I'm so happy about that, that it would have been worth the price of admission alone (I use email a lot - with several mailboxes. ).

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Macbook C2D 2.0GHz
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I haven't done any proper tests as yet but it seems a bit faster on my mac (but its a fast one anyway).

Mac Type: iMac
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz
RAM: 4Gb
Install type: Upgrade
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Faster here as well, especially after the Spotlight index, like digitalscrap said.

Macbook Core2Duo 2.0GHz
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Faster for me

MacBook Pro 2.40Ghz
2GB RAM
Upgrade

Well, faster once Spotlight had finished, and I'd rebooted a couple of times. Also I've noticed a couple of apps are a bit slow the first time you open them, but from then on fasssst!

Also can report my brother's iBook 1.3Ghz or thereabouts.. I don't know the actual spec :< with 1GB memory saw a speed upgrade too, he's quite happy. He did just the plain Upgrade, too.
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Kash and digitalscrap!

did you guys do a clean install or a update?

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Core Duo 2ghz, 2GB, MacBook.

Clean Install.

Dock - Slower, everything else quicker.

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Dock slower too.
Same speed for other stuff I think. Not slower anyway.
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what does that mean, dock slower? launching apps from the dock?

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No, the animation is less smooth. Its a bit laggy when you magnify
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Faster here (from the moment Spotlight finished indexing and Time Machine finished it's initial full backup).

Ditto

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Kash and digitalscrap!

did you guys do a clean install or a update?
Archive and install for me. This is my personally preferred method.
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Mac Type: PowerMac G5
CPU Speed and Processor Type: 2 dual core 2.5 Ghz G5 (4 CPUs)
RAM: 3Gb
Install type: A&I

Mac Type: iMac 20 inch
CPU Speed and Processor Type: 2Ghz C2D
RAM: 1.5Gb
Install type: A&I

Mac Type: iBook
CPU Speed and Processor Type: 1Ghz G4
RAM: 768Mb
Install type: A&I

Mac Type: iBook
CPU Speed and Processor Type: 1.25Ghz G4
RAM: 768Mb
Install type: A&I

The first two are noticeably faster, which is not uncommon with an A&I since it IS a clean install of the base OS. The two iBooks are a bit faster but some of the core graphics eye candy, like the transparent menu bar, don't work.

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Install type: Upgrade

It's blazing fast since the upgrade, and no problems (except Neo Office won't work).
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I have an Imac Intel 2 gig ram and a macbook 2ghz, 2 gig ram. I have installed leopard as an upgrade for both. both seem to lag when opening applications as well as in mail when applying flags etc.....

is a clean install Better? I assume so. how do I do that but restore all my apps etc.. afterwards?

I'm pretty new to mac
thanks for any help

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