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From 7.6 to 8.6 - A Mac OS Performance History

The graphs below represent a Mac OS performance comparison from version 7.6.1 through 8.6. The test machine was a 9500/200 The test drive was given a low level format before each OS install with one exception. As we don't have the full OS 8.6 CD, we simply applied the updater to 8.5.1. Starting with OS 8.1 the drive was updated to the HFS+ standard. All tests were performed with all of the OS extensions on. For the "real world" tests below we set the scores relative to OS 8.6 which received a score of 100% Lower numbers and shorter bars are better.

System RAM usage in MB with standard "OS all" set of extensions


Reboot Time


A folder totaling 80MB in size and containing over 1,100 files was duplicated

A folder totaling 80MB in size and containing over 1,100 files was emptied from the trash

Time to launch Photoshop 5.0.2 compared

Time to scroll a 574 page AppleWorks document

Time to replace a commonly occurring word in a 574 page AppleWorks document

Below you will find MacBench 5.0 scores. In this case higher numbers and longer bars are better. Scores are relative to OS 7.6.1 which was set to 100%






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