El Capitan or Sierra - Performance on Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by HotEars, Dec 20, 2016.

  1. HotEars macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2016
    Hello everyone, I recently purchased a 2015 1.2Ghz MacBook and I was wondering what's the better OS? I know that Sierra is pretty much identical to El Capitan but which one would you choose for the MacBook? Does one or the other have lesser battery consumption? Does one perform better? My MacBook had El Capitan preloaded and I was wondering should I stay or should I go?
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I had a 2014 rMBP and had El Capitan then updated to Sierra. As far as performance and battery life and usability, I noticed zero difference between the two. If Sierra has features you think you would like, I would just go with that.
  3. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    I've got the 1.1 Core M 2015 MacBook and Sierra is fine. No issues at all. I also run my rMB at 1680x1050.
  4. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    m3 '16 MB here, and I have observed no differences.
  5. elf69 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    on a 2009 macbook performance is about same but I had an SSD and 8GB ram.

    however sierra gave me much better battery life over El Capitan, gained upto 2 hours depending on use.
    I turned off sierra but for me best bit was finder now keeps folders on top of other files just like windows explorer.

    This is something I missed swapping from windows to osx.
  6. objektør macrumors regular


    Nov 25, 2014
    At home
    I have a 2015 base rMB.
    Had an issue with El Capitan not recognizing my USB 3.0 drives. Had to reboot more and more often.
    Sierra solved this. Otherwise I do not notice any difference in performance or battery life.
    I normally upgrade my Mac a few weeks after a new release (when there are no issues with the new OS) with a clean install.
    My idea is that it can't hurt then to be up to date security wise.
  7. evec macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2016
    Sierra has much smooth read of PDF in Preview.
  8. lclev, Dec 26, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2016

    lclev macrumors regular


    Jul 29, 2013
    The only issues I have had with Sierra has been with the changes in security and working on a Windows network. When I upgraded my MP at work I discovered I had to now deal with okaying passwords to connect to share drives even though keychain had the password and all I had to do was hit enter. Then permission on shared drives has been a problem. Sometimes I can't move files from my MP to the share drive but I can access the MP and it's files from another computer and move it that way. Makes no sense to me.

    I also had to update the drivers for the Canon copier and now some apps will not print correctly.

    Everything worked perfect in El Capitan but I am a glutton for punishment so I keep trying to figure out workarounds and fixes with Sierra.
  9. thadoggfather macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2007
    i prefer el cap to 10.12.1 at least, haven't tried 10.12.2,

    sierra works but

    better battery on el cap, and a bit smoother imo

    base 2015 12"
  10. asoksevil macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    Taipei, Taiwan
    I prefer El Capitan, I just don't like to update that fast when Sierra is still rolling out bugs and performance improvement things.

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