If you have a DirectX 10 or 11 class video card (that is, a GeForce 8nnn or newer or a Radeon HD card) and you're on a Mac, consider updating to OS X 10.6.x if you're still on OS X 10.5.8.
10.6 has performance enhancements in the video drivers that I suspect will benefit X-Plane 9 users, but it will really matter for X-Plane 10. We need OS X 10.6 to expose some of the OpenGL extensions that these cards have. Thus 10.6 will get you faster frame-rate, more realistic lighting, and more efficient VRAM use.
(If you have an older card, I don't know if you'll get any benefit, although I doubt you'll see a performance loss.)