El Capitan Mac specs — When OS X El Capitan ships in about three months we will get some big improvements in performance on our Macs thanks to Metal, Apple’s system for vastly improving how computers handle graphics. There isn’t any official word yet on which Macs will support Metal, but there is some idea of what to expect thanks to the efforts of developers who have been digging through the El Capitan beta. Basically, that’s:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 400 series and newer
Intel HD4000 and newer (Ivy Bridge or newer)
AMD HD7000 and newer
You can see which graphics card is in your Mac by clicking the Apple menu and choosing About This Mac. Look for the Graphics entry under the Overview tab. However, even if you can’t run Metal, all Yosemite-capable Macs will be able to run El Capitan.
But what’s missing from El Capitan?
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