Snow Leopard was designed with better performance in mind, but Lion was designed to offer new and compelling features. We wondered if Lion could still offer speed increases despite its extra conveniences, so we pitted the two operating systems against each other in seven tests. Which performed better? Here are our results, side by side and in video form.
|Lion (10.7.0)||Snow Leopard (10.6.8)|
|Compress a ~900MB File||0:51||0:59|
|Decompress a ~900MB File||0:10||0:09|
|Duplicate a ~900MB File||0:09||0:09|
|Encoder a Movie for iPhone in Quicktime X||0:56||0:53|
|Launch 9 Applications||0:59||0:37|
|Open 10 Tabs in Safari||0:15||0:17|