Retina MBP 15" 2012 8gb RAM and Yosemite

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by Valkyre, Jul 24, 2015.

  1. Valkyre macrumors 6502

    Dec 8, 2012
    Good day to all.

    I have a 15" rmbp (mid 2012) with 8 gb RAM and at the moment I have Mavericks as my OS.

    I am very very very satisfied with Mavericks, I saw a tremendous improvement over Mountain Lion. UI lag that I had with Mountain Lion was completely eliminated, the machine is faster, snappier, with better battery life and very nice memory management.

    Because of all of the above I was hesitant to make the move towards Yosemite, especially since I was reading a lot of things like UI lag returning to some retina models and of course reports that Yosemite is more RAM hungry than Mavericks and 8 GB RAM might be just not future proof for the OS.

    So I thought I better wait it out a bit, at least until new firmware updates and refinements are released that perhaps render these above issues (UI lag / responsiveness and memory management) obsolete.

    So here I am and I am just asking what you good folk of this community think I should do. Are there still people with my kind of machine suffering from UI lag? I am extremely sensitive about this. I hate jerkiness when for example resizing/moving windows or when using spaces etc. And I am also extremely sensitive about memory management. I despise beachballs and constant swapping to occur.

    My kind of usage is I believe in the middle of a casual user and a pro user.

    I will browse the net with quite a few tabs (10 or so) due to my work, I will use pages and numbers very often, the occasional (but simple) photoshop job, big collections of photos (using Aperture extensively now - yes I know its gone) the occasional (again simple) video editing thing and movie/music playback.

    Your help will be highly appreciated.

  2. You are the One macrumors 6502a

    You are the One

    Dec 25, 2014
    In the present
    I'd say if you are happy don't change anything. :)

    If you want to check out 10.10 create a partition on your disk and test how it works and feels on your machine. Research the issues people have with 10.10 and check if you are affected.
  3. zoneee macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2014
    I was really happy with mavericks, same situation as you.

    I decided to upgrade to yosemite 2 days ago, and i am very satisfied. things go as well as mavericks, its prettier, and in some cases its better (for example before firefox and flash in the background totally killed my cpu, now it consumes was less (dont ask me why), and in general it seems smoother.

    this is my opinion tho. you can do a backup and try it, if you dont like it downgrade.

    i dont have any ui lag, and i didnt have it with mavericks as well. i am also very sensitive to it.

    but again, its not predictable, different people have different experiences and judgements ,you are the only one that can decide and value which system is better FOR YOU. they are both great.
  4. Valkyre thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 8, 2012
    Thanks a lot for your reply.

    I assume you also have a retina macbook pro with 8 gb ram? Could you be a bit more specific with the exact model you have?

    Also, you have no issues with RAM usage? You dont feel like the OS requires more RAM?

    Again thank you.

    PS: Should I consider moving directly to El Capitan skipping Yosemite? Based on the so far claimed performance increases?
  5. Significant1 macrumors 6502

    Dec 20, 2014
  6. You are the One macrumors 6502a

    You are the One

    Dec 25, 2014
    In the present

    Yes, sure. But don't replace your main OS with a Beta. :)

    Just curious, do you have a SSD in your MBP?
  7. Valkyre thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 8, 2012
    Ofc! Its a retina mbp like i said :)

    256 ssd 15" 8gb ram :)
  8. zoneee macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2014
    You are welcome. I have a 16 gb macbook pro early 2013, i7 and 512 gb, i didnt notice any difference in ram allocation.

    also, you might want to consider that after summer el capital will be available, so you either stick to mavericks forever or, if you want to upgrade at some point, right now yosemite is mature enough to be your choice
  9. chevalier433 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2011
    Yosemite in its 10.10.4 release is snappier and more efficient than mavericks but plagued with uncured wifi and bluetooth issues after some time of usage

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