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Rob-ART, Main Mad Scientist (aka Dr. Frankenstein)
Bet-TAY, Special Features Edtior (aka Frau Blucher)

Tiger versus Leopard

Originally posted October 31st, 2007, by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist

There are many articles posted on the web about Mac OS X "Leopard" sharing tips and gotchas. We at Bare Feats are concentrating on identifying the performance gains or losses when running real world applications after upgrading from Tiger to Leopard.

First we want to thank you for all your suggestions for apps to test under both versions of Mac OS X. We've only just begun with testing but here's what we've learned so far:


We suspect Apple has optimized their pro apps to run well under Leopard while Adobe may need more time to do the same.


As you can see, Tiger runs all but one game faster than Leopard.

Leopard = Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard"
Tiger = Mac OS X 10.4.10 "Tiger"
Test "mule" is an 8-core Mac Pro with 16GB of RAM and a Radeon X1900 XT.

Don't assume the Leopard will magically speed up your Mac. It might slow it down, depending on what apps you use most often for long periods of time. Hopefully, as apps are tweaked to take full advantage of Leopard, the potential performance gains will be realized.

Apple has been accused of using Mac consumers as unwitting beta testers. Judging from all the reports of Leopard problems and incompatibilities, that theory has new support.

FYI, there is a recent firmware update for the Radoen X1900 XT. We experienced no performance gains after the update.

More tests are coming. They will include checking for gains after upgrading G4 and G5 Power Macs. We also plan to test additional applications.

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