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10.4.8 Speeds Up Games?
9:10 AM | Cord Kruse | 12 comments

Barefeats conducted some early testing on Mac OS 10.4.8 and discovered speed increases in Doom 3 due to multi-threaded OpenGL support in the game and newest Tiger release.

We tested some key apps just before and right after the 10.4.7 to 10.4.8 upgrade. Here's some interesting gains we saw:
DOOM 3: Low resolutions (640x480 High) ran 26% faster. We saw a 13% gains with 1024x768 Medium (no Shadows). Reason? Multi-threaded OpenGL is supported by Doom 3 in combination with the newest Tiger release. Doom 3 is currently the only app we know that takes advantage of this but don't be surprised to see patches for other OpenGL apps to appear shortly.
PHOTOSHOP CS2: Our MP2 action file ran 11% faster. We assume there are some improvements to Rosetta.
The tests were performed on a 17" MacBook Pro 2.16GHz. Barefeats plans to release an expanded report including other systems early next week.

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