Mac mini(2012) with OSX El Capitan(beta)?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by dizzyboy, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. dizzyboy macrumors newbie


    Jul 17, 2015
    Has anyone tried El Capitan on their mac mini(2012; any specs)? How is it holding up?
  2. batting1000 macrumors 604

    Sep 4, 2011
    I have a base model 2012 Mac Mini (4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 2.5 GHz core i5)

    Really no noticeable difference in performance versus Yosemite...maybe a slight increase but nothing major. Stability seems fine.
  3. dizzyboy thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jul 17, 2015
    That's really nice. I'm looking forward to buy a 2012 Mac Mini(i7 quad core; I know it's rare) and I just wanted to know if I'll go with it or the 2014 Mac mini.

    Thanks for the reply.
  4. loby macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2010
    Have a i7 mac mini 2012 and put El Capitan beta on it. Ran good, but a lot of bugs. Graphic issues and I am not sure if it is the graphics card or just because it is a beta. Had to delete the beta and go back to OS X Yosemite. OS X Yosemite runs great with the mac mini 2012 and "IF" and I say "IF" OS X El Capitan does not work with the mac mini 2012, OS X Yosemite is fine. El Capitan should work fine, but probably wait for the official release.
  5. dizzyboy thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jul 17, 2015
    Hopefully they test El Capitan on older Macs(early 2009, even 2007) before the official release.

    I just want a "future" insurance that El Capitan will also run great on MM2012 because I will primarily use it for iOS development.

    Well, let's just wait for the official release :)
  6. MistrSynistr macrumors 65816

    May 15, 2014
    I have a 2012 Mac Mini running Public Beta 3, no issues, quicker than ever. (I installed an SSD to it)
  7. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    10.11 B5 is running on my second drive in my 2012 i7 Mini Server w/ 16GB RAM and stock spinners, with 10.10 on my main drive. No issues with either OS, driving a Dell P2715Q at 2560x1440.
  8. iPhil macrumors 68040


    i'm running 10.11 Beta ( PB version ) on a '11 base mini and no issues -- just some quirkiness that I thought Apple would like to know and fix before GM'ing 10.11... spec on my machine - i5 2.3 / 8GB / 500GB 5400rpm ... I upgraded to 8GB ram like 6 weeks after purchase then later on I upgraded my boot drive via external SSD thru FW800... but my 10.11 beta is on the 500 spinner still inside of mini.. no video glitchiness etc on my end ..
  9. Sean869 macrumors member


    Nov 7, 2012
    Dorset, United Kingdom
    Has the HD4000 graphics performance improved ?
  10. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I'm experimenting with El Capitan.

    My platform is a late 2012 i7/2.6ghz Mini (quad CPU).

    I'm running El Capitan from a firewire800 hard drive -- also experimenting with Yosemite (on another partition of the same drive).

    Right now, El Capitan doesn't seem "as fast as" Yosemite yet, but I haven't tweaked it to the point that I have with Yosemite. But it seems to be "getting there".

    I will make the disclaimer that I've made some "under the hood" changes with Yosemite that most folks would consider to be "unthinkable", but I've done them anyway and the Mini runs fine with them, much better than it did BEFORE I made the changes.
    (Example: I've disabled VM disk swapping to reduce ins/outs to the drive)
  11. Crosscreek macrumors 68030


    Nov 19, 2013
    I've been running El Capitan with no problems. The last update seems to be very solid. I would not recommend as your dedicated OS yet because you can never tell what the next Beta brings.
  12. iPhil macrumors 68040



    Always to be prepared to nuke the partition and start fresh if need be ... its Beta there are bugs to be bound be found.... Backup either way ..
  13. beerzy99 macrumors newbie


    Oct 26, 2015
    Incredible speed improvement with Metal running HD4000 graphics drivers for Intel. Its like an upgrade from HD4000 to HD5000. Completely amazing.

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