How is macOS Sierra running on older Macs?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by saintforlife, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. saintforlife macrumors 65816

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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.
     
  2. Riptide62 macrumors member

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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.
     
  3. BeforeTheMeds macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  4. seb.wagner macrumors newbie

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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).
     
  5. ceezy macrumors member

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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.
     
  6. colourfastt macrumors 6502a

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    Any version of OS X from 10.9 onward is miserable on a Mac bought stock from the Apple store.
     
  7. border terrier macrumors regular

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    Fine so far. 2009 MP 4.1 flashed to 5.1.
     
  8. macagain macrumors regular

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    Runs fine on late 2009 mb white ub w/ 4gb, SSD (samsung 840 evo, if you're wondering...) Might be my imagination, but feel just a tad more responsive that el cap.
     
  9. Tarek macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  10. dogslobber macrumors 68040

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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.
     
  11. tromboneaholic Suspended

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    Start the Arabesque screen saver. It stutters.
     
  12. didieffe macrumors newbie

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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
     
  13. thekayman macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  14. janitor3 macrumors regular

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    Installed on 2010 mac mini,8GB Ram and 1TB HDD. So far no problems.
    Also installed on 2011 Macbook Pro 13" with 8GB Ram and 240gb SSD.
     
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  16. dogslobber macrumors 68040

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    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.
     
  17. Traverse macrumors 604

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    Retina or no? I'm curious about how Metal advancements have helped system fluidity.
     
  18. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus

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    No, mine is not a Retina model.
     
  19. MacBAir macrumors member

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    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.
     
  20. vince22 macrumors regular

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

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    Am I really the only one who notices that Arabesque screen saver now stutters under Sierra, unlike El Capitan?
     
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  23. vince22 macrumors regular

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    Arabesque screen saver works just fine.
     
  24. pdxmatts macrumors 68000

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    I am running it on a stock late 2011 MBP. It is kind of sluggish now especially waking up.
     
  25. tromboneaholic Suspended

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    On a 2010 machine it does not.
     

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