Snow Leopard vs Mountain Lion vs Lion

So, one experiment/test. Now I have MacbookPro 6.2 (Early 2010) and I’m testing my favorite Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion on it, using different *bench software.

So, let’s start. Snow Leopard:

Section Description Score Geekbench Score
Intel Core i5 @ 2400 MHz
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M

4096 MB System RAM (Score: 116)
– RAM Speed: 4455 MB/s

CPU Tests (Score: 379)
– Floating Point Operations/Second: 121868848
– Integer Operations/Second: 243697488
– MD5 Hashes Calculated/Second: 884657

Graphics Tests (Score: 119)
– 3D Frames Per Second: 328

Hardware Tests (Score: 20)
– Primary Partition Capacity: 204 GB
– Drive Write Speed: 63 MB/s

OS boot time: 24.1 s

Integer Processor integer performance 3924 5118
Floating Point Processor floating point performance 7419
Memory Memory performance 3910
Stream Memory bandwidth performance 3666

And Mountain Lion:

Section Description Score Geekbench Score
 Intel Core i5 @ 2400 MHz
Graphics Card: Intel HD Graphics

4096 MB System RAM (Score: 116)
– RAM Speed: 4418 MB/s

CPU Tests (Score: 394)
– Floating Point Operations/Second: 127947088
– Integer Operations/Second: 253046512
– MD5 Hashes Calculated/Second: 911256

Graphics Tests (Score: 108)
– 3D Frames Per Second: 289

Hardware Tests (Score: 20)
– Primary Partition Capacity: 204 GB
– Drive Write Speed: 64 MB/s

OS Boot time: 35.6

Integer Processor integer performance 3741 4868
Floating Point Processor floating point performance 7227
Memory Memory performance 3553
Stream Memory bandwidth performance 3190

I was unpleasantly surprised by the time of Mountain Lion installation – it took more than 30 minutes. Generally, I didn’t feel that it is faster than Lion (sorry no benches for Lion on this particular computer) as numerous users wrote in AppStore comments for new OS (that actually made me install and test Mountain Lion), but it IS significantly slower than clean installation of Snow Leopard, and this can be clearly seen from benches above.

SLeo rules!

Yeah, I do understand bunch of new features packed into new Apple OS, new heavy frameworks and all that modern cool stuff, but for those who is struggling for every byte of RAM on their Logic Pro or Photoshop workstation I’d recommend to stick to Snow Leopard.

P.S. I decided to kill my time and installed Lion (10.7.4) onto this laptop, too, so you can see the productivity of it:

Section Description Score Geekbench Score
 Intel Core i5 @ 2400 MHz
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M

4096 MB System RAM (Score: 116)
– RAM Speed: 4386 MB/s

CPU Tests (Score: 350)
– Floating Point Operations/Second: 120054096
– Integer Operations/Second: 221147104
– MD5 Hashes Calculated/Second: 775282

Graphics Tests (Score: 133)
– 3D Frames Per Second: 384

Hardware Tests (Score: 19)
– Primary Partition Capacity: 204 GB
– Drive Write Speed: 61 MB/s

Installation time: 19:40

Boot time: 49.1 s

Integer Processor integer performance 3902 5070
Floating Point Processor floating point performance 7362
Memory Memory performance 3842
Stream Memory bandwidth performance 3594

Well, well, well… Except for boot time – no more pluses on the account of Mountain Lion. If you’re going to buy brand new Apple computer get ready that the next OS release will make it as slow as turtle.

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One thought on “Snow Leopard vs Mountain Lion vs Lion

  1. So of the 3, Snow Leopard was the fastest?

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