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Reports on overall performance and hardware compatibility


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Hi buddys!

 

1. Could those of you running 10.7 please give some feedback on the overall performance? I fear Lion might feel sluggish on my D620 (2GB, GMA950, 1.67GHz, SSD).

 

2. I'd like to upgrade from my 802.11 b/g to Draft-N. I'm not sure which Mini PCI-E Card models are compatible, though. I'm considering the Broadcom BCM4322. Any experience on that? Full speed?

 

Thank you in advance!

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Hello everyone,

 

Lion is not faster than Snow Leopard, at least not for me, at least not when talking about animations and transitions. It feels heavy and choppy when it comes to that, leaving impressions that it's being run on a very slow computer. About overall performance, it performs good in normal things like copying files, opening apps, listening to music, and stuff like that...you won't feel any difference between SL and Lion there. But man... try going full screen with quick time... mission control animation is just unbearable. Mission control lags a lot when you have more than one Desktop and more than 3 applications open in one desktop... Expose lags like hell. Moreover, try opening a folder within Launchpad with a dozen of icons in it, I feel as if I am reading a comic book. No real smooth transition there either. Even resizing windows feels choppy. At least for me this is something that bugs me a lot, people who don't care about animations and transitions might find Lion relatively fast. To wrap up, I am running Lion on a D630 equipped with C2D [email protected],2GHz, 2GB of DDR2 667 RAM, 320GB 7200RPM Hard drive, X3100 144 MB shared memory video. I saw a couple of videos on YouTube from people who filmed their old white Macbooks(similar specs to my D630) running Lion, and it lagged for them the way it lagged for me.

 

Soo... anyone who says Lion is faster is either blind or did something more in terms of optimizations and kexts than I did. Anyhow, Lion is still a no go for me. You decide for yourself how the 950 performs next to the X3100 as I feel this is the only weak spot we have when it comes to running Lion.

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ok i ran green lantern quicktime hd preview full screen, while having chess, photo booth, address book, dictionary, Skype, terminal, system preferences, iTunes, app store, 3 safari tabs including this one 3 desktops with different things open, opened launchpad opened utilities all at the same time and was still watching the preview it looked like it was skipping some frames while catching but if i went back a bit to where it was buffered it was smooth.

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Thank you so much for your replies so far! I understand that you should be good to go on a D6xx with at leat 4GB RAM. Alright, I'll give it a shot!

 

Could anyone please tell me if there are significant differences between Apple BCM94322 and BCM9431? Is one faster than the other? I found these infos below on the net but they don't answer my question. Thanks!

 

 

Internal Apple AirPort Extreme 802.11n MacBook (Early/Mid 2009)

Model #: BCM94322MC

Apple Part #: 661-4906

Product code: IF186-084-1

Compatible with:

MacBook 2.0 (Santa Rosa) or 2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo

MacBook 2.1 or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo

MacBook 2.0 GHz (Early 2009) Core 2 Duo

MacBook 2.13 GHz (Mid 2009) Core 2 Duo

 

Internal Apple AirPort Extreme 802.11n MA688Z/A or B

Model #: BCM94321MC

Apple Part #: 661-4460, 661-4594

Product code: IF185-038-1

Compatible with:

MacBook 1.83 or 2 GHz Core Duo

MacBook 2.0 (Santa Rosa) or 2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo

MacBook 2.1 or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo

MacBook Pro 15" 1.83, 2 or 2.16 GHz (Model A1150)

MacBook Pro 17" 2.16 GHz (Model A1151)

MacBook Pro 15" 2.4, 2.5 or 2.6 GHz (Model A1260)

MacBook Pro 17" 2.5 or 2.5 GHz (Model A1261)

iMac 20" 2.0 or 2.4 GHz (EMC No. 2133) Intel

Mac Pro (all 2006/2007 Models 2.0, 2.66 & 3.0 Ghz)

Mac mini (Core Duo)

Apple TV (all models)

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