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Old Aug 29, 2009, 05:14 PM   #1
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Arrow Mac OS X 10.6 Brings Serious Performance Gains

Does white fur make a Snow Leopard faster?

While our focus at Phoronix is on testing hardware under Linux, we remain friendly and interested in other BSD and UNIX operating systems too, including Mac OS X. With the launch of Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" we have been particularly interested in it considering the technological advancements that have been made in this update thanks to their large focus on improving the performance of Mac OS X. With that said, we have spent all week working on a grand Mac OS X benchmarking showdown by comparing the performance of the retail build of Mac OS X 10.6.0 to the earlier Mac OS X 10.5.8 through a number of different quantitative tests. We firmly believe that as of right now these are the most detailed desktop performance numbers available concerning Snow Leopard, but we already have more figures on the way. We have performance numbers from not just one Mac computer, but two different setups. Here's to the first 60+ tests we ran!

The stated goals for Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" have been on improving performance, efficiency, and lowering the overall memory footprint of this operating system. With these performance tuning efforts, Apple has dropped support for the older PowerPC-based Apple computers and are now focusing strictly on Intel-based hardware and optimizing for x86_64-capable processors. Snow Leopard brings full 64-bit support both in the kernel and for their user-space applications, except for a few that are not yet ported like iTunes and QuickTime. The 64-bit addressing support alone should yield a nice performance boost, but greater performance gains in Mac OS X 10.6 can to a large extent be attributed to Grand Central Dispatch (GCD) and OpenCL.


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