Mac Pro :: SSD 2.5 Versus 3.5 And Is There A Difference

Oct 13, 2010

I'm looking to finally upgrade my Mac Pro to use an SSD as a boot drive, and I've been eyeing the OCZ Vertex 2 drives as a result of the beloved Sandforce controller. My question is, the only OCZ drives I've been able to find at the price point I want in my area are the Vertex 2 3.5 120 gig editions.


Is there any reason NOT to get this over the 2.5 version? I'm not planning on putting it in the optical bay as both are in use, and would just go in a regular hard drive bay. It's unfortunate that I wont one day be able to use it in my Macbook Pro should I ever upgrade however, beyond this am I suffering any penalty by going with the larger size?

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Mac Mini :: 2.53 Versus MBP 2.66 - Any Difference?

Apr 24, 2010

I have a Mini 2.53 I'm using as a HTPC and It's great. I also have a 17" MBP 2.66 which never leaves my desk. I do mostly photo editing. Anyone know if I'm gonna see much difference if I slim down to just the Mini? I'm thinking of selling the MBP for the cash.

Also, I can run my dual Apple 23" Displays on the mini and cant on the MBP.

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Windows On Mac :: Whats The Difference Between 32 Versus 64-bits

Mar 7, 2009

So when the windows 7 beat was launched, i ended up choosing to download the 32-bit version as I knew it would run, and I wasn't sure if I was compatible or not.

1. I have a 20" iMac 2.4GHz 2GB RAM etc. Is my computer capable of running 64-bit?

2. Whats the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit? Is 64-bit faster?

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Jul 27, 2004

I listened to a few U2 songs encoded with AAC and Apple Lossless. Listening through the standard ipod ear buds, I honestly could not tell the difference.

Has anyone been able to notice a discernible improvement with Lossless? If so, what type of music/speakers were you using?

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Oct 23, 2010

How big do you think the difference is between the high-end 11.6'' C2D 1.6 mHz and the low end 13.3'' C2D 1.86 mHz...?

1. There is obviously a difference of 286 mHz clock speed
2. But how big is the impact of lower FSB and half L2 cache in the 11.6 compared to 13.3?

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OS X :: Lots Of Color Difference - Safari Versus Firefox

Dec 7, 2010

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Dec 31, 2010

How much speed difference is there? Battery I take it is almost double in real life, actually using the MBA. I get barely 3 hours with moderate use on my Rev B and I take it most people get close to 7 with similar usage?

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Sep 6, 2009

Just wondering what the speed difference would be if i upgraded from 5400 to 7200 RPM? Is it worth it or perhaps is an external drive the way to go?

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Sep 4, 2009

I was considering picking up this stand for my uMBP:

One thing that concerned me was having higher CPU temps with the lid closed.

I read a thread a few days ago that said there is no CPU temp change between lid closed and lid opened. And after doing some of my own testing I now believe that information is FALSE.

I use smcFanControl to control fan speed and monitor CPU temp.

Before using smcFantControl to boost my fan speed to constantly run at 3,400RPM, my CPU temp was 10-20 degrees (celsius) higher, on average.

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MacBook Pro :: Difference In Performance Based On File Format NTFS Versus HPS+?

Mar 24, 2012

I've just ordered a MBP 2.4Ghz with 7200rpm 750GB drive, I will be adding either a single 8GB memory stick (total of 10GB) or a 16GB kit.  I'm looking for my first SSD use as a boot drive for OSX and potentially Win 7 in BootCamp and hope I can get some counsel on model selection and configuration. I read that SSDs suffer a performance drop (sometimes significant) as the drive fills up.  Also there are both 256GB and 240GB drives. 

1)  Are there models that maintain performance over time?  Is there a specification that indicates how performance drops as the drive fills up? 

2)  Is there a performance difference (current / long-term) between 256 and 240GB drives? 

3)  Does an abundance of RAM improve performance and / or longevity?   

4)  How much space (if any) should be kept free for swap files in OSX / Windows? 

5)  With 240 / 256GB SSDs, how much usable space is available after formatting? 

6)  Is there a difference in performance based on file format NTFS vs. HPS+?

7)  Do I need to be concerned about major name brands (Intel, Samsung, OCZ, Kingston, etc.) being incompatible with MBPs? 

8)  Are some SSDs easier to install / configure / maintain on a MBP than others? 

9)  Are there any issues I should be aware of regarding the installation or use of a SSD that would impact my MBP's warranty? 

Based on performance, reliability and 5-year warranty, I've been attracted to the Intel 520. I've also read good reports on the Samsung 830.  One review indicated that the 830 maintained performance over time while the 520 experienced a significantly greater drop.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 2.4Ghz, 16GB RAM, 750GB 7200rpm

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Mar 16, 2009

For almost the last year I have been using an Airport Extreme on 2.4b/g and and Airport express in my room to extend my wireless network. I also have a usb hdd configured to back up my macbook using time machine. Well I have a new roommate moving in and he has his own extreme and two expresses.

I have some questions on what would be the best way to consolidate our networking devices. I considered us selling our extremes and getting the new time capsule so both of our macs can use 5ghz while my girlfriends dell uses the 2.4.

Is there a noticeable speed difference between time capsule backup vs hard drive to extreme connected via usb?

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OS X :: Genius Versus Genius Mixes - Finding Difference

Oct 29, 2009

I keep reading about this new ability to do "Genius Mixes".

On my iPhone I click the Genius icon (which is too large IMHO) and it makes a playlist. Are Genius Mixes any different?

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Hardware :: Dell 2407WFP A04 Versus Dell G2410 Versus Dell 2209WA Versus Samsung F2380

Nov 2, 2009

I'm looking for a new monitor to go with my MBP, and I'm stuck trying to choose between the ones listed above.

The 2407WFP is a couple of years old now I guess, but it's the rev A04 version, which supposedly fixed the (few) problems with what was otherwise meant to be a great screen. It's an sPVA screen.

I've heard good reviews of the G2410, with its LED backlighting. It's still a TN panel and I hear so much bad stuff about them.

The 2209WA is an eIPS panel which I like the sound of, but it's smaller and lower resolution.

The F2380 is a cPVA panel, the image quality looks better but I've heard bad things about blacks on this panel.

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Hardware :: Marware Versus ISkin Versus Moshi Keyboard Covers

Jan 5, 2011

I'm pretty satisfied with the Marware cover, although it can be a little frustrating when typing quickly..I'm wondering if I should go back, return the Marware cover and pick up the iSkin.

So, for those of you that have any of these in comparing..which do you think is the best?

And yes, I did search and am aware threads like this exist..but I couldn't find any comparing all three, only iSkin vs. Moshi.

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Hardware :: Eyetv 250 Versus TVMax Versus Blackmagic Video Recorder?

Apr 30, 2008

I'm trying to decide which product to buy and I was hoping for some advice.

First and foremost I want a device so that I may transfer my VHS tapes to DVD.

Live TV recording is secondary but for the price, I'd like to find the device that suits me best so I can continue to use it after i've transferred all my VHS.

Here are my concerns:

1) I'm going to be moving from the US to Ireland in a couple of months (not sure for how long, could be years+) Obviously there's the whole NTSC vs. PAL, ATSC vs. DVB.

I know with EyeTV 250 it's either or, any ideas if buying some sort of converter is an option (prices, quality)? If I bought just a PAL one, would I still be able to convert VHS or would it be completely unusable in the US?

2) I'd like some sort of HD/Digital abilities. From what I can tell TVMax is analog only and Blackmagic may also be but I can't find more specs on that.

Does this mean they'll be useless once the US undergoes the conversion?

So as of now I'm leaning towards EyeTV 250 but the question are there any forseeable problems with using a PAL to NTSC converter or using a PAL EyeTV in the US just to convert VHS.

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PowerPC :: Older G5 Versus IMac Versus MacBook Pro For Work

Oct 25, 2007

So I have a 1.8ghz dual G5 with 3gb of ram for work. I mainly work in Adobe CS and do a far amount of Photoshop work. At any given time I may have all of Adobe CS plus Office and a few other apps running -- and a gazillion fonts. Went to the store and saw the new 24" iMac. How would a new iMac compare to my late '04 1.8DP G5? On that same note, how would a new MacBook Pro compare to the above?

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Hardware :: Dell G2410 Versus Samsung F2380 Versus Other...

Oct 25, 2009

I am planning on purchasing a new display for use (currently) with my imac. I am completely torn between these two models, and cannot make a decision. Any thoughts? I like the Dell because it is LED backlit, thus good blacks and little to no backlight bleed. But I like the Samsung because of the (supposedly better panel and (supposedly) better color reproduction. I like the simplistic look of both of them (though they could look a little better ) so I'm not sure which one to buy.

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Mac Pro :: 6GB Versus 8GB Triple Versus Dual Channels/PS4 Tests

Jun 30, 2009

I ran some tests on my 2009 Quad Nehalem to try and determine what was up with the triple Vs dual memory "brouhaha".

I posted the results as a new thread because I think it will be useful information for a lot of quad owners, but it was originally going to be a reply to this thread:

Here we go. Tesselator suggested 3 tests that could show the differences in speed between triple and dual channel bandwidth.


As one idea I would maybe try creating a few very large images (16-bit, blank white, blank black, gradient fill) and then duplicating and deleting that layer repeatedly a few hundred times.

So I did them, 10 times each. I could have gone on, but the results were very very stable after the first 2 attempts.

Set-up: a 40Mpx, 16bit image (8000*5000). First test it was simply filled white; second test: black; and third test a black to white gradient. I added a fourth test, using a real (photo) 12Mpx RAW image from my Nikon D300.

I created (took a while!) an action with 350 repetitions of "duplicate layer" and "delete layer", followed by a red fill to let me know the action was done. The same action was used in all four tests.

The computer was restarted before each of the four tests, which may explain the irregularities on the first 1-2 attempts. Nothing else but PS4 was launched.

The results are interesting:

We can clearly see that the simple white and black fills show a speed difference of around 10%.

We can also clearly see that this difference disappears when a more complex image is used. The use of more complex images represents a much more realistical use of PS.

To make things even more realistic, I also tested RetouchActions's speed test on my own 12Mpx image. I use nearly all of the operations of that action on a daily basis, so it's a lot more representative of the work I do on PS.

Here are the results:

The results are clear: 11% increase in performance using 8GB of ram (Vs 6GB) when working on a 12Mpx image.

Added info: number of page-outs after running the 10 test series (after about 45 minutes of intense PS work):
-17K when using 6GB (1.7K page-out avg).
-10K when using 8GB (1K page-out avg).

For me the results are definitive: unless I plan on working only with full black or full white images (not even black and white!), having 8GB is better, even when working on smallish 12Mpx files. I imagine the differences would have been even greater using bigger file sizes of actual complex images.

What would now be interesting: someone with a 2009MP Octo doing the same tests at 12GB and 16GB.

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IMac :: 24 2.66 Versus 2.93 / Gt130 Versus 4850

Aug 17, 2009

Two short questions on which I really need an answer. This academic year, I'll be writing a lot of papers, but most specifically, I am forced to use SPSS (statistical software package for social sciences).

Will I really need the 2.93 over the 2.66 and notice the improvement?

Same goes for the gfx. I like full-hd 1080, I'll be in InDesign, and use Logic Pro. Will I need "slash" notice the 4850 over the gt130?

Also, are the "hang-ups" with the 4850 truly fixed and does it indeed run a lot hotter (inc. really that more noise) than the gt130?

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Nov 24, 2009

I like eMacs but the G5 looks sooo nice. I know I probably won't be able to use any for very long but whatever. What is the best?

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Applications :: Office:Mac Versus Office - Windows And Camino Versus Firefox

Feb 14, 2009

I've heard Office:Mac isn't that great, and doesn't make up for what iWork 09 is missing. So I'm wondering what people think about it and why does it get such a bland reputation? Also, do people use a combination of the above? Such as iWork and Office:Windows? Both Offices? I do mainly word processing, some soft Excel work (no hardcore giant spreadsheets...yet), and general PowerPoints for presentations. I have access to cheap iWork/Offices (school discount) and a family pack of the top-level edition of Office:PC (family) so it isn't a big deal to get any of the above.

Lastly, what's the difference between Camino and Firefox? I use Firefox currently and love it, mainly due to the add-ons (weather at the bottom, Gmail alert, skins, page views, other customizations). Tabs seem to be on all browsers these days, so are there any other key differences?

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Jun 25, 2010

Soon i will be getting a Mac(i think) and was wondering about a case. Since i want a Macbook Pro with the Unibody Housing i want it to be safe. Now i can't decide if i want a case or a Sleeve. Now the Case might have heat issues even with the vents that are on the case. The sleeve won't have that issue but will it be more prone to scratching the Macbook it self? Or should i go no case and just sorta deal with the scratches. There is a Price difference between the Sleeve and the Case. About $20 Cdn more for the Case.



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Aug 17, 2006

I am one of the many folks who use a PC and have been considering a Mac. I have read many posts on the subject of Macs vs PCs, that the Mac OS is more stable, doesn't get infected with viruses or spyware (I would assume virus/spyware writers go for the biggest target, Windows), and is ''easier'' to use.

Can someone please explain in plain english how a Mac is easier to use? I assume there are similarities like the use of file architecture and ''windows'', but why is Mac's way of running say Photoshop Elements better? Why, specifically, is the Mac OS better than Windows if you take out the virus/spyware issue? BTW, maybe I'm lucky, but in the 3 months I've been running XP, I haven't had a single crash, blue screen, or virus. Of course I'm knocking on wood!

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Feb 9, 2009

I have a 12.1" ibook G4 [A1054] with a broken 2.5" IDE hard drive. I have an old IDE hard drive that was in a Gateway laptop. Is there any reason that I would not be able to install this drive in the ibook? Is there anything fundamentally different between hard drives in macs and hard drives in windows based machines?

The hard drive that was in the ibook is a 30GB and the Gateway one is a 60GB. I'm not sure if that would matter either.

If compatibility is not an issue, am I going to have any problems formatting the old Gateway HD or installing software on it?

Also, can anyone recommend a site that would be a good place to buy a 2.5" IDE hard drive in case I want to use a different one?

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Dec 19, 2008

I just received a logic board replacement for my iMac G5. I noticed a difference in the "Processor Name" in the "About this Mac". My old logic board was labeled: CPU Type: PowerPC G5 (3.1) The new replacement logic board is labeled: Processor Name: PowerPC G5 (3.0) What's the difference between the 3.1 and the 3.0 CPU Type or Processor Name? Did they replace my logic board with an older version? I am in China where they can put anything in anything - you never know!

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Dec 27, 2008

Is there a simple way (i.e. 100% free, including using the Terminal) to determine which files in one folder are NOT in another, disregarding any extensions the files in each folder have?

One way I thought I could approach this, using the Terminal:


ls /path/to/first/folder > folder1.txt

ls /path/to/second/folder > folder2.txt

diff folder1.txt folder2.txt

Only problem is that this does NOT ignore extensions, so all the lines in both text files will be reported as different. This is NOT what I want.

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Mar 25, 2009

I have read about old mac mini and new mac mini.

I have seen that along with old mac mini "slot-loading Combo drive" was there. But with new mac mini "8x SuperDrive with dual-layer support" was there.

Can some body tell me what's the difference between above two?

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Aug 30, 2009

So, do you notice difference? Many people are confused should they use 64-bit kernel (including me)

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Sep 8, 2009

So after reading a hundred million (maybe two or three less) messages on this topic, only confusion remains in my head. So here is a simple question for Mac experts:

I have an Early 2008 MBP (penryn, model MBP 4.1) which I think is capable of rebooting in 64 bit kernel mode. I have 4 Gb RAM memory and a 2.4 GHz C2D processor.


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Oct 9, 2009

There is a big difference I would notice by adding more RAM to my machine. I use Photoshop, FCP, VMware (windows 7 and XP) and all the basic apps (itunes firefox etc). Haven't done much gaming but want to now that I have my MP. Would I notice a difference by adding 2 or 4 more GB in my 2 empty slots?

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