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    15" MBP 2.2Ghz C2D 4GB RAM 120GB HDD
    Did Leopard speed up or slow down your Mac?
    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.

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

    Thanks!
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    digitalscrap's Avatar
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    Jan 14, 2007
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    White 2GHz C2D Macbook - 3GB RAM, 80GB HDD
    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. ).

    Specs:

    Macbook C2D 2.0GHz
    2GB RAM
    Archive and install

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    sysopsv2's Avatar
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    Oct 27, 2007
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    London U.K.
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    24" iMac Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz, 750Gb HD, 4Gb Ram, OSX 10.5, 16Gb iPod Touch, JBL On Stage II.
    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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    Kash's Avatar
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    Irvine, CA
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    Black Macbook C2D 2GHz 3GB RAM 250GB HD iPhone 4 iPad 3G
    Faster here as well, especially after the Spotlight index, like digitalscrap said.

    Macbook Core2Duo 2.0GHz
    2GB RAM
    Erase & Install

    June 2007
    July 2009

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    Surrey or Sheffield, UK.. or I might even be in Aarhus, Denmark
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    Specs:
    iMac 24" (mid-2009 edition), 2.66Ghz, 4GB, 640GB HDD
    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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    andrebnu's Avatar
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    Mar 18, 2007
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    MacBook Pro 2,33GHz C2D 2GB RAM 256MB video + LCD Samsung 20" 206BW + Maxtor OneTouch III 500GB
    Kash and digitalscrap!

    did you guys do a clean install or a update?
    If you believe you can do something, you can.
    If you don't think you can do it, you can't.
    Either way, you're right!

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    Zoolook's Avatar
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    Sep 24, 2006
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    Brooklyn, New York
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    Specs:
    15" MacBook Pro, i7 2.66Ghz, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD; iPad 3, iPhone 5
    Core Duo 2ghz, 2GB, MacBook.

    Clean Install.

    Dock - Slower, everything else quicker.
    In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is stoned to death.
    - Joan D. Vinge


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    Jun 24, 2007
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    Levis / Quebec
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    Macbook 2.16gh 2gb ram
    Dock slower too.
    Same speed for other stuff I think. Not slower anyway.

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    eliehass's Avatar
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    Jul 03, 2007
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    iMac Core i5(3.6 GHz) 8 GB RAM, MBP C2Duo(2.4 GHz) 4 GB RAM, MB C2Duo(2.4 GHz) 2 GB RAM
    what does that mean, dock slower? launching apps from the dock?
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    Member Since
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    Macbook 2.16gh 2gb ram
    No, the animation is less smooth. Its a bit laggy when you magnify

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    Dillinger-63's Avatar
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    Feb 25, 2006
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    MacBook Pro 13 Inch, 2 Mac Mini's 1.66 & 1.83, 2- iMac Intel i3 iPhone 4 & iPad 2 32 gig.
    Quote Originally Posted by digitalscrap View Post
    Faster here (from the moment Spotlight finished indexing and Time Machine finished it's initial full backup).

    Ditto
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    Dillinger who was killed in the line of duty.

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    digitalscrap's Avatar
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    Jan 14, 2007
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    White 2GHz C2D Macbook - 3GB RAM, 80GB HDD
    Quote Originally Posted by andrebnu View Post
    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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    baggss's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 10, 2004
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    Margaritaville
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    10,320
    Specs:
    3.4 Ghz i7 27 in iMac (2012), 3.4 Ghz i7 MacBook Pro (2015), iPad Pro (2014), iPhone 6+
    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.

    4 A&I's, no glitches.


  14. #14

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    Jan 19, 2006
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    Michigan
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    I'm thinking different... iMac, Macbook, iPod Touch, 10.5 - Leopard
    Mac Type: iMac 20" - 240 GB Hard Drive
    CPU Speed and Processor Type: 2.16 GHz Intel C2D
    RAM: 1GB
    Install type: Upgrade

    It's blazing fast since the upgrade, and no problems (except Neo Office won't work).

  15. #15


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    Oct 28, 2007
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    much slower
    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

    robert

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