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    Phoronix: Mac OS X 10.6 Brings Serious Performance Gains

    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!

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=14155

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    Good work

    Nice to read good work.

    this litle mac with the nvidia VGA will be very nice to test linux to :-)

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    • #3
      Great write up Micheal, FYI the OGL regessions are a "Doh" flub (grrr damn nda's). 10.6.1 should fix it.

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      • #4
        I hope other systems will also be 64 bit? Btw. isn't there a mistake in OpenSSL test? My result is ten times better (Arch Linux) XD
        Last edited by kraftman; 08-29-2009, 04:57 AM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by deanjo View Post
          Great write up Micheal, FYI the OGL regessions are a "Doh" flub (grrr damn nda's). 10.6.1 should fix it.
          "FYI the OGL regessions are a "Doh" flub (grrr damn nda's). 10.6.1 should fix it. "

          LOL..... NDA?... LOL

          realy there is no need to explain and 10.6.1 will have other regessions with or witout the OGL fix.

          the regession is simpel OpenGL3.1 do not work on the same time on the same VGA with OpenCL!
          future OpenGL versions mybe OpenGL 3,3 or 3,4 will fix this.

          the Old OpenGL spezification do not cooperat with OpenCL on the same hartware.

          Today if you want full OGL speed and full OpenCL speed you need 2 VGA carts. '

          Last edited by Qaridarium; 08-29-2009, 02:44 AM.

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          • #6
            Makes me want to try a Mac.

            "We were quite appalled with multiple tests exhibiting nearly 50% performance boosts over Mac OS X 10.5.8"

            I don't think appalled means what you think it does

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Erikina View Post
              Makes me want to try a Mac.

              "We were quite appalled with multiple tests exhibiting nearly 50% performance boosts over Mac OS X 10.5.8"

              I don't think appalled means what you think it does
              i wait for the test macos vs ubuntu9.10 on an nvidia VGA.

              i think ubuntu will win most of the benchmarks.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Qaridarium View Post
                i wait for the test macos vs ubuntu9.10 on an nvidia VGA.

                i think ubuntu will win most of the benchmarks.
                Probably except some SQL benchmarsk due to some change.

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                • #9
                  I have to agree. The performance improvement looks nice, but 64-bit Ubuntu should still kick its butt.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Erikina View Post
                    I don't think appalled means what you think it does
                    Maybe, maybe not. Who know what Michael meant to write, dictionary meaning is anyway http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appalled

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by nanonyme View Post
                      Maybe, maybe not. Who know what Michael meant to write, dictionary meaning is anyway http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appalled
                      Eh, that sentence didn't come out how I intended it to, but that's just what happened after working on this article the past ~18 hours straight. Anyways, made a simple change to fix it up.
                      Michael Larabel
                      http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Qaridarium View Post
                        "FYI the OGL regessions are a "Doh" flub (grrr damn nda's). 10.6.1 should fix it. "

                        LOL..... NDA?... LOL

                        realy there is no need to explain and 10.6.1 will have other regessions with or witout the OGL fix.

                        the regession is simpel OpenGL3.1 do not work on the same time on the same VGA with OpenCL!

                        Wow! You really are a complete DUMB ASS that knows NOTHING about openCL. Really you have NO CLUE. Not one test utilized openCL. If there is no openCL code to be ran then there is NO loss of openGL rendering due to the shaders being used for openCL. Please Qaridarium, try to keep your comments on subjects that you might actually have a clue about. Clearly GPU computing is not one of them. Applications don't "automagically" use openCL.

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                        • #13
                          BTW Michael, did you hold down the "6" and "4" keys during startup when benching the mac mini 2? Otherwise it will default to 32-bit mode. Only Xserves default to 64-bit.

                          Alternatively you can use a nice little applet to do this to boot in 64-bit mode:

                          http://news.softpedia.com/news/Downl...1-120399.shtml
                          Last edited by deanjo; 08-29-2009, 08:53 AM.

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                          • #14
                            I really do NOT WANT any Apple product review on Phoronix!!!!

                            we remain friendly and interested in other BSD and UNIX operating systems too, including Mac OS X
                            I totally disagree.

                            I'm not friendly with Apple, not at all.

                            I really do not like any Apple locked-in products review here on Phoronix. I was thinking about support Phoronix with donation and subscribe service, but if you continue with this advertising for Apple Locked-in stealed opensource software, i will unsubscribe from this site and i think a lot of people who think about REAL opensource software and company business.

                            I really like your site and your great work, but i think it's also right to talk about what's it's not good on your site, IMHO. Just my 2 cents, Michael.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by qwerty View Post
                              I totally disagree.

                              I'm not friendly with Apple, not at all.

                              I really do not like any Apple locked-in products review here on Phoronix. I was thinking about support Phoronix with donation and subscribe service, but if you continue with this advertising for Apple Locked-in stealed opensource software, i will unsubscribe from this site and i think a lot of people who think about REAL opensource software and company business.

                              I really like your site and your great work, but i think it's also right to talk about what's it's not good on your site, IMHO. Just my 2 cents, Michael.
                              FYI, the opensource that Apple uses remains opensource. It also abides by their respective licences. Apple also sponsors or owns opensource projects such as openCL, CUPS, LLVM, Clang, webkit, etc.. Sounds like your more pissed off that Apple is not completely open source to which I would love to point out that the biggest linux contributors also have their completely closed projects.

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