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Default 10.5.7 performance decrease? - 05-14-2009, 05:46 PM


I was running a very nice 10.5.6 installation with dellefi 1.1
On this installation my average Geekbench score was around 900

Updated to 10.5.6 and did all the fixes as discribed. (dellefi 1.1)
Everything seems to work very nice. Apps are working, sleep is working and booting, shutdown looks normal for me.
If i run Geekbench on the 10.5.7 installation i am only getting around 590-620.

Any suggestion on what i can do how to improve this?

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Default 05-14-2009, 05:50 PM

Good question. I never ran Geekbench against mine when it was running 10.5.6. When I ran it after upgrading to 10.5.7, my score came back as 910.

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Default 05-16-2009, 10:31 PM

I ran Geekbench and also found myself at around 400+ (with OS X 10.5.7); not good.

I was then tinkering with my BIOS setting and "Enabled" the Intel Speed Adjust (or whatever it is called; in the same menu section with the USB wake support, etc.; second line down).

Afterwards, I found my Dell Mini 9 running noticeably faster AND it smoothed-out all the jumpiness with Hulu and Netflix. Then, I ran Geekbench and found myself at 900+ (with all other apps shut down).

I never hear this mentioned as a speed fix, but it has made a difference in my speed, both actually and viscerally. Give this a try and see if there is some consensus on this . . .

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Default 05-16-2009, 10:36 PM

Yes, DO NOT DISABLE intel speedstep - if you read the notes on it, if you disable it, the processor will run at reduced speed; period. It's not like on many desktops or laptops where disabling speedstep tends to make the processor sit at max speed all the time.

So far my performance has been about identical to when I was using 10.5.6 (between 876 - 896 geekbench)

The only thing that *feels* more sluggish to me is transferring large quantities to/from a usb thumb drive, but I didn't really do any tests to check.
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Default 05-17-2009, 05:14 PM

After I updated to 10.5.7, and the very next day I found heavy activity by Spotlight. I think it was indexing the new stuff.

Did you try running Geekbench again?

Did you try checking Activity monitor to see if there are any other processes running heavily (like Spotlight)?

On mine, it gave me a score of 912 (power connected). However, running it again with the battery at 5% and no power, it gave me 466.
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