The key thing to take away from my screen shot was that Photoshop with 3 RAW images open and Lightroom doing a 52 RAW -> 2000px JPEG export were using less than 3GB of RAM. I chose to open Google Chrome with a couple of tabs because I think most people are going to have a browser open while they are working. Chrome is a memory hog so it was adding additional memory pressure, but even so the memory used by Applications was only 6GB. The Chrome helpers are always a bit of a mystery, but they always show Not Responding...the OS just isn't able to get a good status on them.
OS X is a much less troublesome experience as a user. How many times have you tried to shut down your Win 7 laptop only to have it inform you that it has 22 updates to install and that you shouldn't turn it off until it finishes..only to find that it sits there for HOURS saying installing update 15 of 22? Ever had Windows Update run and then your Windows won't start and you have to restore to a restore point? Oh, how about all the preinstalled Norton Anti-Virus trial software, or even Office trial software? You get a new a laptop and immediately it's trying to sell you things, so now you have to uninstall. You don't even get a Windows disk anymore...only a recovery CD.
None of these issues exist on Mac. The built in backup software Time Machine...WORKS! Occasionally, you will read that an OS X update causes some laptops to lose WIFI or something like that. Though this has never happened to me, I am in the habit of waiting a day or two after the update is available to see if anyone reports problems.
Hi there bchernicoff
Sorry in advance for this post length! You make some good points about a comparison of Mac vs Windows so please don't take my post as trying to argue with you directly but as an IT guy for the last 30 years, I can say with some authority that owning a Mac isn't as rosy as most Mac proponents like to say. Macs are still computers and they are using the exact same hardware that PCs use. They have to coexist with the same external peripherals and use the same Internet while exchanging the same emails and running similar 3rd party software. All computers, PC, Mac, Linux or whatever still have to endure the same challenges with drivers, software bugs and malware/virus attacks. (And those that say Macs can't get malware/viruses today is irresponsible. Sure they can and they do. It's just not as bad as PCs.)Comparing Mac vs PC is much like comparing Canon vs Nikon
. Neither camera is bad, they are just different and both essentially do the same things, just in a different way that appeals to each user based on their personal needs and preferences.If one owns a Mac, it can still exhibit the same problems as a PC
. It has a spinning wheel of death. It can hang on shutdown or during normal operation just like a PC. It can slow down due to a fragmented hard drive. Files can still get corrupted and cause problems with the system. Macs also receive updates and sometimes buggy updates that can cause problems just like PCs do. The other realities that exist include limited driver support from many peripherals or longer wait times for drivers or driver updates. Limited software support from some software vendors or no support at all. Harder to find information about problems on forums and limited support from Apple because Apple tends to ignore/deny problems until they decide the problem actually exists at all and then they issue fixes whenever they get around to it.
True, Macs don't have a lot of bloatware on them when they are purchased. But that comes at a premium because all the bloatware on PCs is part of what makes them cheaper. That and the fact that PC makers have to be more competitive and so don't mark up PCs at such a high profit margin like Apple does with all their products. This is why I purchase BUSINESS LINE PCs refurbished where they are much cheaper and don't come with anything installed except Windows 7 Pro x64. So even cheaper and no bloatware on a higher quality PC made for enterprise, not consumers.
Frankly, it's a waste of time to compare memory usage stats because on both PC and Mac, the actual underlying architecture of the operating system is complex, fairly unknown outside of the internal programming arm of each company and doesn't really matter much with regard to true performance. I'm not saying Macs don't perform, they perform great! But so do Windows PCs running (again) on the same hardware. It's better to compare the results of applications designed to test each aspect of performance like disk, cpu, graphics, different real world application times, etc.In general, the comparison of Mac vs PC hardware and performance is moot
. They are both essentially the same in that regard. Where they are totally different is the interface and the software approach
. This is a personal preference of the user and it's important that the user understand the the biggest difference between Mac and PC is the interface and the philosophy of the design. If someone wants to customize and tweak things to do things a certain way, the Mac will present roadblocks. The philosophy of a Mac and OS X is to keep things simple and limit choices by design. (And look really really pretty.) Simplicity and elegance are the strengths of OS X. Windows on the other hand offers a multitude of ways to do the same thing and allows infinite change, choice and customization. And it doesn't try to look elegant, just functional. That is its strength and so can be daunting so some users.In summary, the choice of Mac vs PC is all about the user experience
. All the other things are essentially equal and it's unrealistic to pretend otherwise.