Mountain Lion vs El Capitan for mid 2010 mbp?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dk808, Sep 12, 2015.

  1. dk808 macrumors 6502a

    May 13, 2015
    I've been using mountain lion for a while now because i tried mavericks once and it was kind of slow. I did upgrade the ram to 8gb but I still like how Mountain Lion performs. Do you guys think El Capitan will run well on an older mbp or should I just stick to ML? Ive heard a lot of good things about El Capitain and how it will run much better but im not sure if it applies to my situation
  2. BrettApple macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2010
    Heart of the midwest
    If you're still using a spinning hard drive, it'll probably seem slower. If you have an SSD installed, it should be just as quick if not quicker. The HDD is the real bottleneck in these older Macs. Plus the drives themselves are getting old.

    For what it's worth it runs perfectly fine on my 2007 iMac, which is a base model from 8 years ago but with an SSD installed and 4GB of RAM.

    You can stay on ML for longer if you want but El Capitan has a lot of security fixes that aren't in 10.8. And it'll be getting more updates. If you plan on keeping this MacBook I would highly suggest an SSD. If you don't have a lot of data it's really attractive with 120GB ones going as low as $45 on Amazon and 256GB ones aren't that much more. They help an awful lot with booting up and loading apps. Plus if your HDD is 5 years old it would be a good preventative measure. Always have backups though!

    From my experience with my iMac (128MB 2400XT) and 2008 MacBook (9400m) Yosemite was a bit slower than Mavericks/ML graphically (dropped frames with some apps due to the translucency), but not much different performance wise when using applications.

    I'd say give it a shot with either the GM or the final when it comes out soon.
  3. dk808 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 13, 2015
    Sorry, I did forget to mention that I have upgraded the HD to an ssd. I think I will try the GM for El Capitan. Thank you!

    Also, where can I find the download?
  4. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    FWIW, I've been running all the betas on a 2007 MacBook Pro (2.2GHz C2D, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, GeForce 8600M 128MB), and it runs like a champ!

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