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.

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  • ChanHo Kim

    stumbled upon this video in 2017, THANKS! I can confidently move from DP to Cubase for composing now. xD It would awesome to see something like this between Logic pro X vs Cubase pro 9 on just Mac. thanks!

  • Will B

    But the real problem appears to be later version of OSX (like 10.12) and cubase 8 and 9 being so laggy that it becomes unusable especially professionally.  There are many posts about this – and Stienberg only talk about "reducing" the graphical lag, whilst users seems to be abandoning it. I was about to get it  but not after reading that stuff. This is on Tip top Mac's high spec MBP's and mac pros. (I know, I know but lets not bash apple :D)

  • Contemplative Composer

    Due to the many factors involved in a CustoMac (Hackintosh) and the hardware, this is not a fair assessment of the performance of Cubase Pro under OS X. You cannot disable speedstep and sleep states on a real mac, which helps with real-time audio performance.

    With it being a PC processor it is also clocked higher than a laptop one (for those MacBook Pro users), so Cubase favouring higher clock-speeds will show beenfit from this also.

    Among a few other hardware differences and also the fact he has the ability to OC the chip.

  • mallevent

    So why everyone says no no never use cubase on a mac you get really bad performace in
    comparising to windows.

    I always was a windows user and since last year i bought a macbook pro, and i realy liked the os of a mac, so now i'm considering to replace my pc desktop with a high range imac. So i surfed on the web and so many people said never use cubase on a mac.

    But afer seeing this probs gonna go for that imac.

  • Bradley Shannon

    I have both Windows 7 Pro and Windows 10 pro. Which works better with Cubase 8? I love my old Macbook pro but can't up the OS past 10.6.8 so I'm going Windows based for recording. Also there are a ton more free plugins for Windows.

  • Brock Jon

    I did the same test on a Boot-Camped Mac Pro 4,1 a couple of years ago (so I would have been on Mavericks and Cubase 7.5 or maybe 7) and had pretty much the same result. As you did, I kept my video objective – just pointed out facts and let people draw their own conclusions. For some reason it really seemed to offend Windows folks. Some of them posted harsh comments and gave me Thumbs Down. (And the irony to that is I was doing the test for myself to see if I'd be better of – or at least get better performance – by running Cubase in a Windows environment.)

    Indeed ASIO Guard changed substantially in version 8. The CPU usage seems higher overall but the performance is completely stable. Your video also illustrates that, with the new ASIO Guard, the latency setting has very little affect on the ASIO Performance Meter.

    Thanks for taking the time to assemble such a well-put together video and share it! 🙂

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