How is macOS Sierra running on older Macs?

saintforlife

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I have a 2010 MacBook Air on its last legs. Wondering if installing macOS Sierra will make it worse or inject some fresh life into the old machine.
 

Riptide62

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I am running on a 2011 MacBook Pro and for me there is no discernible performance difference. I have an SSD and 16MB RAM though which may help.
 
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BeforeTheMeds

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I have a 2012 mac mini base with ssd and 16 memor and it runs very well. Maybe even a little better than el capitan, I'm quite surprised as this is usually the buggier part of the release cycle. I'm very happy with it.
 

seb.wagner

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Running Sierra on a MacBook Pro Mid 2009 (unsupported, via dosude1's hack). Doesn't feel different in any way, as far as speed is concerned. I have maxed out RAM to 8 GB and installed an SSD two years ago. Even with filevault encryption turned on, I find it perfectly usable for mail, text processing, internet, occasional photoshopping and media organization and consumption (handbrake encodings do take their time, but that's not Sierra-specific).
 

ceezy

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Stock mid2010 mbp (4 GB RAM) HDD...seems to be doing as well or better than El Cap at this stage, I would say a bit better overall. Playing with it over the weekend.
 

colourfastt

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Any version of OS X from 10.9 onward is miserable on a Mac bought stock from the Apple store.
 

Tarek

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I have a mid-2010 MacBook Pro with a mechanical hard drive and it is running just as good as El Capitan runs, if not a tad better.
 
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didieffe

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Typing this on Sierra on 2010 13" MBA. In truth, 4gb is not enough to do any real work on this computer as it swaps very quickly.
Hi,
I have same configuration than you.
Can you please say me if you suggest to update it or not?
many thanks,
pdf
 

thekayman

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I installed Sierra on an unsupported Macbook Pro 5,1 (early 2009) and it runs very well, similar to El Cap. Only 4GB of RAM but with and SSD.
 

dogslobber

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Hi,
I have same configuration than you.
Can you please say me if you suggest to update it or not?
many thanks,
pdf
This is the computer I keep bleeding edge so I've been running Sierra on it for a good few months. My experience is that half a dozen tabs open for long duration leads to swapping. E.g. gmail. There's also a big memory leak in softwareupdated process. Apart from memory being low, I don't see anything else of concern so I'm happy to be running Sierra. I'm typing this on it now. FWIW, I tried SL last week and it feels pedestrian compared to Sierra.
 

MacBAir

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Typing this on Sierra on 2010 13" MBA. In truth, 4gb is not enough to do any real work on this computer as it swaps very quickly.
Well, since I have 4GB of RAM on a MBAir from 2011 with:
- 7 Chrome tabs;
- Spotify open;
- iTunes open;
- Endnote open;
- world, excel and PPT open;
- VLC open;
- whatsapp open;
- Dropbox open;
- Mail open;
- Preview open;
- Plex opened.

without turning off my Mac on the last 7 days. I have 177MB of Swap, and a green memory pressure graph. So let me call BS on your statement.

10.11.6.

Swapping less than 1GB on a SSD on regular usage is completely irrelevant for every user, too. No one notices that at all.
 

vince22

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2010 Macbookpro 16gb ram, Samsung Evo-SSD-raid0 screaming right now with MacOs Sierra.