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Vista runs faster on Mac Pro than Apple’s OS X

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Vista logoPete and Leander at Wired’s Cult of Mac blog decided to test out Microsoft’s new Windows Vista on their Mac Pro using Bootcamp. The results were shocking… Vista may have actually run faster on Apple’s own hardware than their own OS X. Kind of embaressing. Here’s an excerpt from their experience:

Vista really flies on this beast, and feels like it’s faster than OS X – it boots faster, folders burst open and apps launch instantly…I’m especially delighted with Vista’s “glass” Aero interface, which works in all its glory on this machine…The OS is dark and handsome. It’s really quite exciting…Vista’s icons are big and colorful, and frankly, a lot more logical and easy to read than some of OS X’s, like the intelligible iWeb icon.

They go on to talk about how although everything is more logical than XP, it’s all still a mess…

Of course, in many ways it’s the same old Windows. There are pop-up dialogs galore thanks to the new security features, and the Start menu, though slimmed down, is still a confusing mess. Maybe it’s just me.

Read [Cult of Mac] Via [Gizmodo]

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  • Andrew

    Is that a subjective feels faster does it? have you tried installing a fresh copy of XP or Vista or even OSX, and compared it to a well seasoned installed with a substancial number of apps/tools installed?

  • seb

    "or even OSX"

    a fresh copy of OS/X?

    why?

    I thought OS/X was as fast on day 316 as day 1… or at least… I was led to believe that.

  • Mike Peter Reed

    It's amazing what $6billion of OS development and a $500million marketing budget will get you.

  • Steve W

    Windows has always seemed faster than the Mac OS, because the Mac OS does more.

    One stupid example: Windows can not sort files in numerical order, while the Mac can.

    Windows Explorer:
    doc1.txt
    doc10.txt
    doc11.txt
    doc2.txt
    doc3.txt

    Mac Finder:
    doc1.txt
    doc2.txt
    doc3.txt

    doc10.txt
    doc11.txt

    It is easier to be faster; just do less thinking.

  • Tom B

    Given that 1) OS X is faster than XP on the same hardware 2) XP is faster than Vista by a significant amount (according to Windows people who have been following Vista), I'd say that I smell a rat. Or there's some kind of weird technical issue going on.

    I'll wait to see what MacWorld has to say about this. They have very conservative and precise lab testers.

  • Kevin Boggs

    I've seen this same kind of thing with XP. At least with a fresh system. Once you start loading apps and using the system the speed tends to slow down. I recently had to rebuild my MacBook Pro with Bootcamp. Since everything was "new" it felt like I had a new computer in both XP and OS X. That being said I do feel that OS X could stand to be more responsive. Maybe with Leopard?

  • Martin Pilkington

    Has anyone considered the fact that Vista builds upon code that has been on the Intel architecture for years and that Vista has 64-bit throughout the OS (is it the 64 bit or 32 bit version that was used?). Compare this to Tiger which was only released as Intel native in 10.4.4 at the start of 2006 and is only 64 bit at the core. I would expect Leopard to be much faster, and it is also fully 64 bit (in fact it makes the 64 bit support in Vista look kinda half baked).

  • IT Guy

    John Siracusa's excellent series of articles on OS X on Ars Technica shows a quiet but disciplined effort to further optimize OS X with each successive release. I'm expecting Leopard to be substantially faster than Tiger, as has consistently been rumored on the Mac blogs.

  • DWalla

    one word

    Leopard

  • Jack

    Any fresh install feels snappy for a little while. And I would hope it would feel fast on a Mac Pro. And don't forget that Universal Binary Applications running on Mac OS X for Intel are fat binaries. You could use some utilities to strip out the Power PC code.

    But the real question for most people is this: how does Vista on a Macbook run compared to OS X? Because OS X is quite snappy on the MacBook. I'm going to guess Aero Glass won't even work.

  • Felipe

    windows vista is a piece of shit…a real copy of OSX, and we still have the viruses…man we cant with this bullshit…mac OS X rules…

  • marco

    some hacker should have hack or make some viruses for mac, we all know the reason why mac does not got viruses ( the bank you have trust and use, do they use a mac???) or why people who use mac should find a bank while use osx as well, ha ha

  • Jay

    As i use both windows & mac. my opinion is, if you want to use 2 or 3 software than go for mac. if you want to use 100's software go for pc.

    Mac looks interface and design looks gd but i dnt find it much interesting.

    I just use mac for finalcut pro studio, shake & aperture.

    I use my pc for web design, graphic design, motion graphics, 3d modelling and games.

    I still prefer PC. as it got the varity of software.

    But if there is no steve jobs, there wont be any MAC. He is the guy attracts people with his speech more than his products lol.

  • SpellingBee

    You know what's embarrassing? The fact that you spelled embarrassing as "embaressing". I stopped reading this article at that point. Get a spell checker or better yet, learn to spell.

  • Mike

    some hacker should have hack or make some viruses for mac, we all know the reason why mac does not got viruses ( the bank you have trust and use, do they use a mac???) or why people who use mac should find a bank while use osx as well, ha ha

    ON FEBRUARY 12, 2007 AT 02:49 AM – LINK
    SpellingBee said:
    You know what’s embarrassing? The fact that you spelled embarrassing as “embaressing”. I stopped reading this article at that point. Get a spell checker or better yet, learn to spell.

    ON DECEMBER 4, 2007 AT 07:52 AM – LINK

    Or maybe just get a mac – OSX has a built in spell checker in their
    browser :) embarrassing indeed.

  • ac

    > One stupid example: Windows can not sort files in numerical order, while the Mac can.

    Atleast Vista does not sure about XP.