OS X :: General Performance Of OSX 10.5.7 On An IMac?

May 27, 2009

Is it just me or has the general performance of a early 2009 iMac running 10.5.7 just decreased dramatically when you installed the update.

I have found that the boot up time has got alot slower.

I have also found that when you boot up iMovie 09, it takes alot longer to be ready than it did 2 weeks ago (before the update)

My system is as follows;

iMac 24"
2.93 GHz Processor
4GB Memory
640GB Hard Drive
NVidia GeForce GT120 256mb memory
Wireless Mouse (Irrelevant)
Keyboard (Irrelevant)

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PowerPC :: Will Additional PCI Gfx Card Slow Down G5 General Graphics Performance

Jan 28, 2010


1) I am in the possession of a June 2004 PowerMac G5 DP 1.8.
2) It's the AGP+PCI variety (not PCI-X, not PCIe).
3) It's running Leopard 10.5.8
4) I've got an Ultra 6800 DDL installed.

Main Question:

What is the best way to add another (3rd) monitor?

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IMac PPC :: General Upgrading Query Of G5 1.6ghz 17" OS 10.4.11?

Apr 17, 2012

ive just purchased my first iMac as above for my son as his 1st desktop. im in the process of upgrading the RAM to 2gb and looking into purchasing Leopard 10.5. could anyone advise whether there are any other 'home' upgrades i can carry out to maximise this unit's potential for online use in 2012? and whether these 2 initial upgrades should give noticeable increase in performance to warrant the spend? i do have an iPhone4 and wish to use this unit for connection via iTunes. he currently likes to play online games such as 'Minecraft' and we have found it very slow so far...the unit does have the Airport wireless card installed, no bluetooth though.  

iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11), iMac G5 Powermac 8,1 1.6ghz 17"

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IMac :: MacRumors Suggestions For General Family Video Editing?

Oct 20, 2009

Finally the new iMac have dropped - what would be the MacRumors suggestion for general family video editing? Essentially I just want to be able to edit some family videos, create some DVDs on iDVD and not have it cug on me. Will the Nvidia 9400M suffice or do I need the ATI 4670?

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IMac Intel :: Unable To Turn On System / General Power Was Turned Off For Some Minutes`

Jul 1, 2009

my iMac won't turn on. The day before yesterday happened the same thing, but after a few tries with the power button, it eventually turned on - and all ok yesterday. Both the day before yesterday and today, the general power was turned off for some minutes, but the iMac wasn't running. So now, I've tried to reset the SMC, removing everything attached, but nothing.

At least I can clearly hear the tic tic tic button, probably of the timer, because I set up a schedule to let it turn on at a certain hour. What can I do? It's a white iMac, never had a problem.

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IMac :: Photoshop Performance 27 Inch IMac

Nov 4, 2009

I have a new 27inch base model iMac that comes with 4GB ram and a 4670 256mb Radeon graphics card. I noticed that when I copy/paste images in photoshop cs4 and drag the images, the pasted image usually gets blocky and moves in slow motion when i drag it. My friend has a Mac with a 512mb video card and 4gb of ram and has no such issue. I'm wondering if the difference in VRAm is what is causing my sluggishness in Cs4

My question is: should I have opted for the 512 model graphics card? I have another week or so to return my iMac. Or is this a RAm issue, and should I upgrade to 8gb of ram? I guess I'm wondering how much of a difference video memory makes on system performance. Thanks!!

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OS X :: Improve IMac Performance?

Nov 2, 2009

I've got an iMac that's a couple of years old, and time (along with software) has taken its toll on the speed of my iMac. I've run Onyx, I've downloaded a utility that lets me set time machine to run once a day instead of every hour, but I'm still not happy with some of the slowdowns I get. So, my question is what will give me the best performance bump?:

1 - Clean install of 10.5
2 - Add more RAM (currently I only have the 1GB it came with)
3 - Upgrade to 10.6
4 - Something else I'm not considering

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IMac :: Finding Performance?

Jul 27, 2010

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IMac :: Finding SSD Performance?

Aug 12, 2010

I've ordered a 27" i5 (quad core) iMac with 256 SSD + 1 TB drive. I know that the SSD drive used by Apple are not so fast as the fastest SSD available in the market but anyone know what are his performance?

I' m pretty sure in that in daily use the computer is much faster and responsive whit this SSD drive but anyone can tell me how much this benefit are visible?

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IMac :: Finding Gaming Performance?

Sep 1, 2010

I know there have been threads about this topic already, but I haven't found a single one that suits me. I just purchased a new i7 and want some framerates and a decent idea of what to expect when I get home and start using this bad boy. I don't do any real heavy gaming - mostly just old school titles...quake 3, counterstrike, escape velocity (kidding). I plan on playing some starcraft 2 and was mostly curious if I would be able to run the game on utlra at native res. What sort of framerates are you all seeing with sc2?

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Mac Pro :: Finding Mp Microphone With IMac's Mic Performance?

Oct 19, 2010

I want to buy a mic to put on my desktop and use it like the built in mic of iMac: I want to use it to make Skype calls and allow me to move around my room (5m x 5m) and have no problem to my Skype calls.

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IMac :: Finding Best For Game Performance?

Nov 8, 2010

I currently use a macbook pro, but it's getting on at 3 years old now, I never use it as a portable device and I'm desperate for a more powerful iMac.

In terms of performance I need something that can play the latest games - WoW and CoD specifically - as smoothly as possible. At the moment I'm drawn between the better 21.5" mac, or the 27" with the same settings.

1st Question: I'm fairly sure the 21.5" would play the games well, but if I upgraded to a 27" screen, would the games play slower as a result?

2nd Question: The 21.5" iMac comes with an i3 processor. Is there a big difference between the i3 and i5 in terms of performance (specifically, again, for gaming). Would it be worth getting the i5?

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IMac :: Starcraft 2 Performance On 2010?

Nov 24, 2010

How does StarCraft 2 perform on the current lineup of the iMac? I'm most interested in the 21.5" model, as I cannot afford the 27" version. Specifically, I'd like to know what resolution and settings the 4670 and 5670 models can handle...

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IMac :: RAM Configuration Options For Better Performance?

Dec 12, 2010

I looking to upgrade to 8GB on my 21" imac from late 2009. So I've decided owc [URL] might be a good choice. So from what I've seen I have two options, get x2 2GB sticks or one 4GB sticks. Is there a better option? The 4GB stick costs about 10 dollars more but would be more beneficial in the long run because I would be able to upgrade to 10 or 12 in the future sine there will be one more slot open if I wanted to, or but the 4GB stick in a new computer. Or is there a problem or performance issues with having 3 slots only occupied?

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PowerPC :: Finding IMac G4 Performance?

Nov 29, 2007

I currently own a iMac G4 700 MHz and I was wondering if a iMac G4 1,25 GHz 20inch is a lot better than the 700 MHz ? Im not thinking of video editing or gaming, but basic use in Leopard.

If someone has any experience with a 1,25 GHz with Leopard, please tell me so I can compare.

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PowerPC :: Fixing USB Performance On IMac G5?

Jan 1, 2010

I have an external USB hard drive (WD Elements 1.5TB) and an external DVD drive (LiteOn iHAS422-08 in a Vantec NST-530SU enclosure) hooked up to the USB ports on the back. I can't seem to get more than 5Mb/sec out of them. That's USB 1.1 level performance from these USB 2.0 devices, even though I have no USB 1.1 devices hooked up to the machine (other than the keyboard). Bluetooth is off. I've tried completely powering down but that didn't change anything. What could be the cause of this problem?

iMac G5 Rev B
OSX 10.5.8

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IMac :: How Much Performance Increase - Can I Expect By Going From 4 GB Ram To 8 GB Ram

Feb 18, 2010

I am going to change my iMac's Memory from 4 GB to 8 GB. I have the March 2009 version of the iMac. 3.06 Ghz, ATI Video 4850, and so on. I would like to know in everyone's opinion how much of a performance gain I could get?

This is the software that I use that may be memory dependent, PhotoShop CS, Final Cut Express 4.0, Other Video Editing software, I also use Handbrake to convert my presently owned DVD's into a iphone format, would that convert any faster or is that only a processor factor

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Windows On Mac :: Bootcamp Performance With New IMac?

Jul 31, 2010

I just bought a brand new i5 quad core iMac. I installed Starcraft, and I have to crank the settings down in order to get a decent frame rate, so I thought I'd give Bootcamp a go.

I installed Win7 64bit and then installed the drivers from the DVD which came with it. I started up the Starcraft 2 installer and 8 HOURS LATER, it was still at only 60%.

Steam also seems to have issues, it will halt with a "This program is no longer responding" window, and then randomly spring back to life a few seconds later.

The system also feels really sluggish. I've not been able to benchmark anything on it to see if the system is really slow, or if it's just my perception as all the modern games I have are in my steam account.

For some reason when I shutdown, Windows also seems to hang on "Shutting down". It does not exhibit the same behaviour when I launch the boot camp partition through VMWare.

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IMac PPC :: G5 Performance Really Slow - Need To Add Memory (RAM)?

Jun 22, 2012

I have an iMac G5 with 1 GB of RAM. It has got really slow lately. I've used Mac Keeper to get rid of uneeded files, etc., but it is still really slow, especially when viewing or working with video. Will adding RAM facilitate?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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IMac :: Upgrading Processor Due To Slow Performance?

Aug 27, 2010

I've just installed an SSD in my new iMac 27", see here. I'm fast learning though (diglloydTools and other commentators) that once the application has loaded the SSD isn't involved very much from there on, so there are the same old performance problems. I'm finding in Firefox/Firebug where there is a large DOM (nothing exceptional) performance is still woeful.

So, baring in mind the Core i7 processor is under $200 and it would appear to have been possible to upgrade the iMac's processors in the past, does anybody have any advice for me? What parts will I need, have you done it and what was your experience, any common problems with doing this, are the parts themselves upgradeable (the quoted link only suggests they are) etc.

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MacBook Pro :: MBP Performance Versus 20in Imac

Oct 10, 2010

I have a 20 inch imac that I bought about 2 years ago. The processor is a 2.4 GHz intel core 2 duo. and the memory is 1 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM. I am wanting to try and sell this and buy new 13" macbook pro, the 2.4GHz model with 4 GB Ram. I want to get this now because I do alot of video editing for action sports using Final Cut Pro, now getting into Adobe Premiere, but I am driving alot and would like to have a MBP to bring with me now. I want to know though, how much of a performance difference would I see using this for Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere?

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IMac :: Performance Of The Quads Compared To C2Ds

Nov 25, 2009

I know this have been discussed like many times but I've still some queries. Currently I'm using a Early 08 iMac with a 2.8GHz processor with 8800GS graphics for stuff like handbrake, aperture, CS3 & some Final cut express. I'm experiencing some lag in aperture when working with raw from my 500D (ard 2 - 3secs). My parents are also looking for a new computer as their 7 year old Celeron has just called it a day. They're looking to take over my current iMac. Hence looking at the new iMacs which I ordered earlier this week an i7 (not even shipped yet).

Just like to ask if the i7 will be substantially faster for my day to day usages or it it just ok get the base 27" with an upgraded graphics processor? BTW, how much faster is 4850 compared to my 8800GS?

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Windows On Mac :: XP On IMac - Making Fast Performance

Apr 19, 2010

iMac, late 2006 Generation

XP info:

Microsoft Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service pack 3

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU
T7400 @ 2.16GHz
2.16GHz, 2.98 GB of RAM
Physical Address Extension

Leopard info:
Version 10.5.8, same hardware.

I've installed XP via Boot Camp. The internal drive in the mac is 230gb (total), and I allocated 60gb to XP. I formatted the partition to NTFS (not quick), and completed the rest of the setup. I then inserted the Leopard DVD and installed the boot camp drivers. Then I downloaded all available updates for XP, and the only other thing I've installed is Mozilla Firefox. I've also made changes to the system using an optimization guide (link below), and the performance seems to be the same before and after.

[URL] - I've only done as far as number 20.

The performance is very sluggish. It shows most while scrolling. It's not smooth and jitters a lot. On previous installations of XP on this computer, I've run audio software (Pro Tools/Cubase) and the performance is terrible. It can't handle even the simplest of tasks.

On the Mac OSX side of the machine, however, performance is fine. Everything runs smoothly.

As far as I know, the specs of the computer are pretty good. I can't understand why performance wouldn't be up to scratch

So, I'm just wondering if anybody has any ideas on what's going on? Is this normal, or am I missing something? It seems like Windows isn't using the full power of the hardware.

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IMac :: 27" Graphics Performance With A Second Monitor?

Jul 10, 2010

If there's no refresh this coming week, we're pretty much going to be forced into settling for one of the 27" iMacs (we're on our third) and hooking up a second (probably 24") monitor to do color sensitive work.

Does anyone out there have a dual-monitor setup running with the 27"? I was wondering if you notice any sort of graphics performance hit with the second monitor attached.

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IMac :: Performance Optimization To Maximize Life Of System

Jul 29, 2008

Got a maxed out 24" iMac on the way (3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB Memory, 1TB Hard Drive) which will be arriving in 2 weeks. Just wondering if there is anything I can do to optimize performance and pro-long life on my iMac ready for hardcore music recording and editing, HD Video Editing, Photoshop, Web Design and Flash? Would it be wise to run every single process included in the Onyx application as soon as set up is complete or should I wait till Applications and Music have been installed? Anything else to do to maximize performance and life of the iMac?

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IMac :: External USB Hard Drive Performance Difference ?

Mar 10, 2009

I notice that to upgrade the HDD from Apple is expensiva & many has posted picture on how they use a putty knife & replace them with a better & bigger capacity HDD.

I was wondering, for those not comfortable opening up the Mac Mini, what is the difference if we just buy a USB external HDD ? Wouldn't it be the same

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IMac :: World Of Warcraft On 27" - How To Check Performance

Oct 23, 2009

Could any 27" iMac owners post their framerates for WoW here so we can get a feel for how the systems compare to the 24" iMac.

test and report back the following:

1. Processor, GPU, Vram
2. Videosettings used
3. Framerates (ctrl-r) at native resolution in the following locations:
a) Dalaran
b) Stormwind or Ogrimaar
c) 25 man raid

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IMac :: Replacement HD - Performance Increase With Extra Capacity?

Apr 21, 2010

I'm considering replacing the 640 gb Hitachi HDT721064SLA360 in my 24" iMac with a Samsung Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB drive. I'm just wondering if anyone can tell me whether I will see any performance increases along with the extra capacity. The Hitachi is a 7200rpm drive, while the Sammy is 5400rpm, but the Hitachi has only a 16mb buffer and the Sammy sports a 32mb. Would the Samsung be faster than the Hitachi or would it suffer because of the lower rotational speed?

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IMac :: 27" - Performance On ATI Radeon 4670 Card

Jun 14, 2010

I'm buying a 27" iMac. I plan on installing windows 7 and running some Windows games on it. I was wondering if anyone could tell me how the performance is on the ATI Radeon 256 MB card. All of the online reviews are for the 512 MB one. I'm not looking for super high performance or what not, but playability and graphics to look decent. Like for example, will Crysis be playable?

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IMac :: Snow Leopard Graphics Update Performance

Aug 18, 2010

Has anyone ran some tests with the new Snow Leopard Graphics Update Apple just released. I am primarily interested in the performance increases it offers SC2. I am at work and will not be able to install it until late tonight, after which I will post before and after FPS and settings for SC2.

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