Cubase Pro 8 Mac OS X 10.10.5 and Windows 7 Performance Comparison
To satisfy my own curiosity I have done this performance comparison of Cubase Pro 8 on Mac OS X 10.10.5 and Windows 7. If you search the internet you often find information stating that performance and especially low latency performance is much better for Cubase on a Windows based platform.
I decided to put that to the test. I have 2 projects running on the same computer, using the same plugins, and same settings within Cubase. The only thing different is that I have a dual boot with Windows 7 and OS X 10.10.5 so I am able to test Cubase on an equal hardware platform.
The results are very close and suprising. A number of things could have been a factor, like a certain plug in performing better in one of the operating systems. Maybe background processes. Both installations were very fresh installations though and should have minimal interference.
This now has me curious of whether Cubase has surpassed or equalled Logic in terms of performance on Mac OS X.
For information I went back and disabled ASIO Guard and both operating systems behaved similarly. Neither could handle a 32 sample buffer. The 64 sample buffer worked but had peaks. The 128 sample buffer worked fine. The ASIO meter averages and peaks showed very similar values between Windows 7 and OS X 10.10.5. This isn’t shown in the video.