Worth installing Mountain Lion on late 2008 MBP?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by cutcopypaste, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2008
    I know there have been some reports of battery life issues etc. I'm just wondering if people have experience with MBP performance on late 2008 macbook pros. Wondering what the chances of it improving/degrading performance of my machine are..
  2. macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2010
    I don't have experience with 2008 macs but my 2009 macbook pro is running great on mountain lion. I haven't had any issues with decreased battery life. It should be about the same for your late 2008 since mine is a late 2009. I think the issues people are having have to do with mountain lion being new and needing some updates/tweaks.
  3. macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    ML returned my mid 2007 MBP to Snow Leopard-like performance. I would recommend either SL or ML for older Macs. Lion just wasn't fully baked. YMMV.
  4. macrumors 68040


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    To me not much of performance….:rolleyes:
  5. macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2008
    I'm running it on a late 2008 MacBook Pro (4GB/2.53GHz). I don't notice any difference in performance from Lion. I think it runs better. Might use a little more memory.
  6. macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Note that I did a clean install. That has made a difference for a lot of people, but not everyone.
  7. macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2011
    ML is smooth as butter on my Late 2008 MBP (2.4, 4G). No problems at all.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2003
    Just do it!

    Penryn 2008 Macbook Pro and ML is a very nice and well done OS.
    I do think it runs a little warmer overall, especially if you have a lot of Safari tabs open. Google Chrome seems to run cooler.

    YMMV :cool:
  9. macrumors member


    Jun 29, 2012
    no battery drain on 2008 MBP ? for me thats the biggest show stopper. :mad:
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2012
    Czech Republic
    In my case, the performance was a bit improved and battery life is about the same (maybe a bit better)

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