Speed test: Mac OS X 10.5.5 vs. 10.5.3

“When I got my Dual Quad-core 2.8GHz Mac Pro running Mac OS X 10.5.2 with the upgraded graphics card, an Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT, I was disappointed in its graphics performance relative to my former MacBook Pro with slower graphics, an Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT. But I was hopeful that the subsequent update of Mac OS X would improve the Mac Pro’s graphics performance but it did not happen with 10.5.3 nor with 10.5.4,” Bill Fox reports for Macs Only!

“Apple released Mac OS X 10.5.5 on Monday, 9/15, with new graphics drivers so my hope of improved performance was again renewed. I installed Mac OS X 10.5.5 on a number of Macs: Mac Pro, MacBook Air, iMac Core 2 Duo, PowerMac G4 Cube and PowerBook G4,” Fox reports.

“Curiously, Mac OS X 10.5.5 is not only overall no faster than 10.5.3, it may be even slower for some graphics tasks,” Fox reports.

Full article, with benchmarks results of Mac OS X 10.5.5 vs 10.5.3 here.


  1. LOL, anyone who gets an nvidia card in their mac just because it costs more, thinking its an “upgrade” deserves their dissapointment.

    grab an ATI card for snappier pro apps.

    it takes about 3 minutes of research to know that.

  2. @the other steve jobs

    been there done that.. I was brainwashed into liking microsoft starting off at DOS and going to XP until 2004 when I switched….

    I saw the light and followed it! and haven’t turned back since.

  3. Oh for goodness’ sake, if you will run it on that sort of stuff: a PowerMac G4 Cube isn’t designed to run 10.5.5. For all we know, it’s two steps away from Snow Leopard, which is to be so intensive that G4s and G5s won’t even take it. No wonder.

  4. “Curiously, Mac OS X 10.5.5 is not only overall no faster than 10.5.3, it may be even slower for some graphics tasks”.
    And this is curious, why ?
    Perhaps it never occurred to Fox that there’s more overhead in the OS now – for MobileMe, synching, security, etc…

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