BitterDodgerFan wrote:performance degradation cannot be avoided and will happen on every PC.
Arghh ... people saying stuff like that annoys me almost as much as those Mac vs PC commecials where they make you think that it's a PC problem and not a OS problem.
Arghh...i hate when people assume things. i try to say things in layman's terms, then i often get blasted in this forums. if i dont explain myself, (like the firefox thread) then people take shots at me. i basically meant windows computer when i say PC. and yes, it has to do in large part with the OS, not the components (as macs and pcs have pretty much interchangeable parts nowadays).
i belive a large part of this has to do with window's architecture of file system. also, windows tend to leave a lot of fragments and temporary files behind and has issues with cycling cache and utilizing large paging files for virtual memory. but you can blame a big part of that on applications that leak memory and such. some games nowadays have poor coding that leak memory and cant handle virtual memory efficiently. (e.g. Civ4, homm5)
i use both platforms about 50/50, and i notice that OS X likes to bind and optimize frequently, especially after a OS update (winxp does this now too i noticed). in fact, it doesnt even have a defragment tool, closests thing being pre-bind command in unix terminal. the unix file system tends to sort things in a way where it can be accessed and run more efficiently, but needs to maintenance itself. windows does not need to maintenance itself as much as unix system. i believe unix creates a virtual file system, that makes everything run under one root directory in a file system hierarchy, whereas windows seem more cluttered. from my experience, i think HSF+ is superior to FAT/NTFS file system and prevents corruption of data better as well as faster indexing and compression, etc.
in the end its 99% OS, imo, especially now that macs are using intel chips. however, during the RISC processor days (PowerPC), their chip architecture allowed for huge amounts of cache compared to their PC counterparts. still that doesnt have much to do with long-term performance degradation.
oh and im not a mac fanboy, i love my PC too. i swear that Mac vs PC ad campaign has sorta put the wrong image/stereotype in people's head. anyways, my point still is that performance degradation on PCs are inevitable. (PC=windows machine, Mac=OS x machine) i know PC stands for personal computer, and should apply to machines of any os but in today's world, PC has become synonymous with windows based computers.