2GB of ram enough for video?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by james*b, Feb 12, 2017.

  1. james*b macrumors regular

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    Hi,
    Is an old Macbok Air with 2GB of ram capable of running the latest OS?
    I am not interested in using it for anything more demanding than video play back on a second screen.
    Thanks!
     
  2. phairphan macrumors 6502a

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    Perhaps, depending on the video files and resolutions you are driving. Unless there are functional reasons you need to be running Sierra, I would suggest running an older version of the OS. I have 2010 Air with 4GB of RAM and Sierra slowed it to a crawl. It's back on Yosemite and usable once again.
     
  3. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, absolutely. I have a 2011 11" Air with 2GB of RAM, and it runs El Cap just fine for basic productivity.
     
  4. Meister Suspended

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    Why wouldn't it playback video?
    My original iPad with 256mb plays video ...
     
  5. phairphan macrumors 6502a

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    Well, the memory wouldn't really impact the ability play video, although would impact the ability to run the latest OS well. The OP didn't specify which "old Macbook Air" they have or what type of video files they are playing. I expect the CPU on a truly old Air (and your original iPad) would choke on an x265 or VP9 file. Even higher profile x264 might cause problems—especially if the GPU didn't decode.
     

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