Macbook pro Early 2011 - Which OSX version?

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  1. fake.user.user3, Sep 22, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2016

    fake.user.user3 macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2016
    Hi all.
    I use a MacBook Pro with OSX 10.7.5 for work and relax.
    I would like to update to an higher version of the OS, because a lot of software and updates require it.
    Which version of OSX should I update to with this hardware:

    MacBook pro, early 2011,
    Processor: 2,3 Ghz Intel Core i5
    Memory: 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    Video: Intel HD Graphics 3000 384 MB

    I obviously will upgrade only if it to run smoothly ;)

  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    If you want to use either El Capitan or Sierra, I suggest you put an SSD into it, and bump up the RAM to 8gb...
  3. satinsilverem2 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 12, 2013
    Richmond, VA
  4. fake.user.user3 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2016
    Thanks for your responses.
    Have you any experience with Mountain Lion and Mavericks? They will probably suffice. If I could install one these and avoid to update the hardware it would be better...
  5. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    I had Mountain Lion on a late 2011 MBP with 4 Gb RAM & the stock 5400 RPM spinner and it was fine. I also moved on to Mavericks on the same MBP, but felt performance was lagging so I increased the Ram & added a SSD and it worked great. Like previously suggested by satinsilverem2, I got the biggest performance boost from the SSD.
  6. fake.user.user3 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2016
    Ok, I understand. I will opt for mountain lion then, at least for now.
    Thank you all for the info and the help guys.
  7. mjohansen macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2010
    I have the same spec. I replaced the HDD with a SSD and Sierra is running very smoothly.

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