Early 2011 MBP handeling OSX Mountain Lion?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nicknicknickh, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. nicknicknickh macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2011
    So I have a early 2011 MBP and downloaded Lion which didn't seem to slow it down. Well what about Mountain Lion? Will it be too much for my computer to handle/make is significantly slower?

    I do have 8GB of ram if that makes any difference, thanks guys!
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    My 2010 C2D MBP handled ML without any problems and a 2011, Sandy Bridge MBP will certainly handle Mountain Lion.
  3. 2ndchancephones macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2011
    Denton, TX
    I have the same MBP and ML is running great on it except the trackpad has crashed once a day requiring a shutdown.
  4. RKO macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2008
    I have the early 2011 MBP with 8gb RAM and SSD. It scoots along very well under ML. A huge improvement over Lion and I am impressed.:D
  5. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    I would guess that RAM size may matter. Historically new OS's expect more RAM than previous OSs.

    There have been OS upgrades that targeted memory usage, like back in the 90's when some OS's tried to make themselves usable in 4MB of RAM, but applications were expecting more RAM too.
  6. appletechpro macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2012
    I have an early 2011 2.0 i7 MBP, and Mountain Lion has resulted in a much more responsive UI for me.

    In particular, Launchpad and Expose(Mission Control?) no longer lag for me.
  7. nicknicknickh thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2011
    Great! Thanks for the replies guys!

    Any idea on how long it takes to download+install?
  8. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    On my early 2011 MBP, it actually runs a lot smoother than Lion.


    Depends on your internet connection but I say about 1 hour average.
    Installing would also depend on your drive.
    I have a SSD so mine was around 10~15min.
  9. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have a 2011 MBA with 4GB ram and it made it significantly faster!

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