Mountain Lion faster than Lion? (on Air with 2GB of RAM)

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by littvay, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. littvay macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2008
    Dear All

    My mom has a 3rd gen Macbook Air (2.13GHz, 2GB of RAM). Obviously no chance to upgrade RAM. We upgraded her to Lion when that came out and it is admittedly very slow compared to Snow Leopard.

    I saw a lot of discussion about ML being more snappy than L (on systems with 4-8-16GB of RAM). There is a lot of talk about ML not working well with 2GB of RAM (but neither does Lion). Lots of advice points to RAM upgrade (not possible).

    So in my specific situation, what would you recommend? I obviously cannot upgrade RAM. (New computer purchase might need to wait up to another 6 months.) Lion is already sucking with the 2GB of RAM. Will mountain Lion suck more or less (or the same amount in which case I'll probably just upgrade anyway)?

    Any thoughts?
  2. Nioxic macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2011
    I actually dont know, as i have 4GB in mine

    but the general talk here is, that mountain lion is faster

    but more features(although they are small) must require just a few more ram? i dont know for sure

    If youre already running lion, i dont see how upgrading can hurt
  3. scuttster macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2012
    would say go for the upgrade. my 1.86ghz mba is running much quicker and cooler since upgrading to ml. though i did a complete hard disk wipe and reinstall of snow leopard then updates through software update then installed ml from the app store
  4. mabaker macrumors 65816


    Jan 19, 2008
    One thing about ML is that its RAM management is better than Lion. Much better.
  5. PaulKemp macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2009
    No worries with ML and 2 gb for me personally at least. But I must admit that I use the iMac for the heavy duty work. iPhoto is an example of a application that is a little bit slow with 2gb. I haven't tried SL, but ML works fine for me. 2010 MBA.


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