OS X El Capitan to High Sierra on 2011 MBP?

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by laguna6512, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. laguna6512 macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2019
    Southern California

    I’ve recently been thinking about upgrading my late 2011 13” MBP to High Sierra but I’ve seen mixed reviews at various online locations about the end result; some users have said it granted the gift of speed upon their machine while others have said it slowed it down tremendously. I did upgrade my system from 4 GB to 16 GB of RAM a few years ago, but I haven’t touched the 750 GB disk as a comprable SSD would be quite expensive. What are your recommendations - do any of you have similar machines on High Sierra and thoughts on whether to upgrade or not?
  2. bbfc macrumors 68040

    Oct 22, 2011
    Newcastle, England.
    Unless you’re willing to upgrade to an SSD then you won’t see any noticeable changes in performance. High Sierra wasn’t great on my MBP Early ‘11, until I put an SSD inside it.
  3. Kamolas macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2018
    A 1 TB SSD is now $150.
    El Capitan is no longer supported. High Sierra is the last OS compatible with your Mac and it shall have updates up to 2020.
    An SSD will gave your Mac a new life, so I think it's definitely worth the upgrade.
    I don't have a pro but a mini from 2012, and I went from Mavericks to High Sierra when it was still 10.13.2, on the original HDD, and so far I had zero issues. (I'm planning to upgrade to an SSD, when we get to know what's the last OS compatible with this mini, if Mojave or newer)
  4. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2008
    USA (Virginia)
    I have an Early 2011 15" MBP that I recently upgraded from El Capitan to High Sierra. I saw no performance difference, but it does have (the original) SSD, so that might not tell you much. I also upgraded two other Macs with Fusion drives with no noticeable performance change.

    Personally, I wouldn't expect a slowdown by going to High Sierra, and I would recommend it (whether or not you move to an SSD) in order to get (and keep getting) the security updates. Make a clone backup first, and if you're not satisfied with High Sierra, you can restore the system back to El Capitan.
  5. Sabretooth78 macrumors member


    Nov 13, 2012
    Western NY
    I just updated my 2012 MBP (which has long since been upgraded with an SSD) from El Cap to High Sierra and so far so good.

    Regarding SSD upgrades, you could do what I did initially which is install the disk doubler that OWC sells. Keep your 750 GB and put a 120 GB SSD in the optical drive bay - unless of course you use the optical drive often, but even then they also sell a kit which effectively turns it into an external drive.
  6. Eithanius macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2005
    Won't your MBP fans kick in way earlier on HS compared to El Cap...? Mine 2010 does when comparing Sierra to HS, even with light browsing...

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