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Snow Leopard faster than Windows 7

On an Apple machine
Mon Oct 19 2009, 10:52

WHEN MAC FANBOYS run their fruity machines with both Snow Leopard and Windows 7 in a dual boot configuration they will notice that the Apple OS runs faster.

CNet's Dong Ngo took a late-2008 model 15-inch MacBook Pro and used it to compare Snow Leopard 10.6.1 and Windows 7 64-bit RTM (with native drivers from Boot Camp 3.0).

The machine was equipped with a 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM, and a 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT video card.

Snow Leopard wiped the floor with Windows 7 in all areas other than graphics. It seems that Nvidia's Windows 7 drivers are better than what it has written for Appleware. Basically Snow Leopard booted and shut down around six seconds faster than Windows 7.

Mac OS X took 149.9 seconds to convert 17 songs from the MP3 format to the AAC format while the Volish OS needed 12 seconds more for the same job.

When running Windows 7 the battery lasted only 78 minutes, while Snow Leopard managed to keep going for 111 minutes.

However there were a few things wrong with the test. Apple does not allow its glorious software to be tested on a proper computer so really the test only compared how the two operating systems ran on an Apple machine.

Apple also wrote the Boot Camp 3.0 drivers that enable Windows 7 to run on Apple machines and it looks like the difference in speed seems to be down to the quality of different drivers rather than anything OS based.

Effectively Apple has controlled the test from start to finish and its fanboys will claim that Snow Leopard is faster than Voleware. If their machines do not crack or explode of course. µ

 

 

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