El Capitan in old Macs

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by Bromio, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. Bromio macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2014
    How does El Capitan perform in old Macs? I mean, those without SSD, and with older than Intel iX processor and 4 GB of RAM as a maximum.
  2. Evren Carven macrumors regular

    Evren Carven

    Dec 16, 2014
    I am using El Capitan on my Mac mini (Late 2012) with 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 memory. Up to now, I feel it's ok except sometimes freeze and have to restart.
  3. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    I am running 10.11 on the oldest machine it will support, a mid-2007 MacBook Pro. Mine is a 2.2GHz C2D, 4GB RAM, and I did put an SSD in it a while back. It runs 10.11 like an absolute champ; I haven't noticed any slowdowns that I haven't noticed in the last few versions, and it actually seems to run a bit smoother than 10.10! None too shabby for an 8-year-old notebook :)

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  4. jruschme macrumors 6502


    Dec 20, 2011
    Brick, NJ
    I'm running El Capitan on a mid-2009 17" MBP (2.8Ghz C2D) and a mid-2009 13" MBP (2.53Ghz C2D). Both have 8GB RAM and neither has an SSD, though the drive in the 13" is a non-Apple 7200 RPM drive.

    Good performance from both.
  5. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2014
    Better performance than in Mavericks? Or equal?
  6. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    I would say better on my machine, although that could be attributed to it being a fresh install. Either way, it's no worse than Mavericks.
  7. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    I would say about the same or maybe a little bit better on my late 2008 MacBook Air, although Mavericks is more of a memory hog than later versions (10.10.3+) on 2 GB RAM so I tend not to use it as much.
  8. rdy0329 macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2012
    Running it on a mid 2010 MacBook Pro 13" 4GB RAM. 5400RPM HDD. For day-to-day use its pretty good. I kinda got used to it beach balling from time to time but not to a point that it tests my patience.

    Opening Apps:

    Slow - >10s
    Average - 5-10s
    Fast - <5

    Stock Apps (calendar etc.) - Average
    Safari - Average-Fast
    iWork Apps - Average
    Office 2011 - Average
    Office 2016 - Slow
    iLife/iTunes - Slow-Average
  9. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2014
    Thank you. It seems very promising! I've skipped Yosemite because of performance issues, but it looks like it'll be safe to upgrade again.
  10. bbfc macrumors 68030


    Oct 22, 2011
    Newcastle Great Park, England.
    I'm running El Capitan on an Early-2011 MBP with 4GB RAM and no SSD. Runs pretty well, and as good as Mavericks did. A hell of a lot better than Yosemite.
  11. matov macrumors newbie


    Jul 30, 2008
    I'm running 10.11 on a MBP late 2008, C2D 2,66, 8GB of ram and a custom made fusion drive (SSD + HDD), and it runs really good.
  12. deviant macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2007
    iMac 2007 SSD - better than yosemite
  13. Valkyre macrumors 6502

    Dec 8, 2012
    I have an Imac 20' mid 2009 with 8GB (no SSD) that I have purposely left with Snow Leopard all this time. I skipped Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite... but now, I am thinking if perhaps it is worth to upgrade to El Capitan, based on all the impressions.

    Do you guys think it is safe for me to go ahead and upgrade? I really want to give this machine all the new features since Snow Leopard, but on the other hand I do not want to sacrifice UI smoothness. I hate laggy UI, does anyone with my machine and El Capitan installed can give me an idea on how smooth the UI is on such an old machine?

  14. thekayman macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2014
    2009 2.66GHz C2D 4GB RAM, 250GB SSD, using the discrete GPU, El Capitan runs so much more smoothly and faster compared to Yosemite. Almost as good as Mavericks.

    Granted, an SSD will make a heck of a difference if you haven't installed one already.
  15. deviant macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2007
    if you were afraid of mavericks i can't see how el cap will be better. on the other hand, it seems crazy to me having a 2009 mac with snow leo, especially you having the iPhones iPads and such.
  16. Johnhimm macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2013
    I am running on 2010 27" iMac i7 and a 2011 Macbook Air i5 - Performance is as good or better than Mavericks and Yosemite.
  17. jthesssin macrumors regular


    May 6, 2013
    Matthews NC
    I was about to search and see if it would run on a 2010 Mac Pro (8 Core with 32 Gb ram and 3Tb Raid drive) but I guess if some are running it on a 2010 dual core mini i should be good to go!
  18. Dustman macrumors 65816


    Apr 17, 2007
    Mid 2009 MBP here. Ancient 9400M and still performing beautifully. SSD of course.
  19. bmac89 macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2014
    I still run Snow Leopard on my main machine and also considering upgrading to El Capitan. If you have enough hard drive space, then I suggest you create a second partition and install El Capitan next to Snow Leopard. This way you can see how it performs before taking the plunge and risking the hassle of downgrading.
  20. 76ShovelHead macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2010
    El Cap. running on my Early 2008 Macbook Pro (2.4 GHz, 2 GB Ram, 500 gig HDD). To say the least, it runs better than Yosemite. I still get beachball'd a bit and experience slowdowns, not for long though! 6 gigs of ram and an SSD all but eliminate that.. Not bad at all for $150 bucks on eBay!

    That said I'm running Yosemite on a C2Q OC'd to 3 GHz with 4 gigs of ram and an SSD, same processor generation as this MBP (slightly faster bus speed though) and it runs flawlessly, so I could only imagine 10.11 will perform even better.
  21. MJWMac1988, Aug 25, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2015

    MJWMac1988 macrumors member


    Aug 25, 2015
    Western Nebraska
  22. tripmusic, Aug 25, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2015

    tripmusic macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2012
    Running on a late 2008 MBP, C2D 2.4ghz, 4gb ram and a 7200rpm rotational drive. Runs a bit better than Yosemite I believe

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