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Older PowerPC Mac? Tiger said better than Leopard

18 July 2011 7,512 views 11 Comments

When I sold our 1.25GHz Mac mini G4, the buyer wanted it loaded with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and Classic, plus games like Marathon and Civ II. Aside from choking on Adobe Flash — some things never change — Mac OS 9.2.2 was slippery fast on that machine and it seemed Tiger performed better than Leopard, the OS version that had been previously loaded on it.

That was likely the last time, back in 2008, I touched a PowerPC Mac of any kind. However, the impression stuck with me.

Thereupon, I read with interest Low End Mac’s comparison, including benchmarks, of Tiger and Leopard running on a Titanium PowerBook.

Kodak StoreIf the apps you want run in Tiger, I would stick with it and get the maximum speed and performance you can out of your low-end Mac. If you have a Mac that officially supports Leopard or need Leopard for a certain piece of software (perhaps features like Spaces and Time Machine), run Leopard.

Yes, it’s a bit of an apples and oranges comparison, but there was something special about Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and the LEM’s conclusions ring true. Moreover, Leopard was widely regarded as being more than just a little bloated, particularly so on PPC models.

What are you running on your PowerPC Mac?

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