While OS X Mavericks doesn’t require a tremendous amount of resources, it can be tricky to acknowledge a compatible Mac, especially if that Mac is based on a 32-bit processor, for instance.Just to get one thing out of the way, 32-bit Macs won’t be able to handle OS X Mavericks. And that’s even if the rest of the specs are a match.
Speaking of which, in order to upgrade to Mavericks this fall you’ll need at least OS X v10.6.8 Snow Leopard (for the Mac App Store download), Intel Core 2 Duo processor (with two cores), 1.86 GHz CPU speed, 2 GB of RAM, and 8 GB hard disk space.
You’ll also need one of the following graphics solutions: NVIDIA GeForce 7800, ATI Radeon X1600, Intel HD Graphics 3000, or better with 256 MB of video memory.
However, instead of firing up System Information on your Mac to rummage through the specs and see if you have a match, you can simply head over to GameAgent and use their nifty game-compatibility tool to confirm if your system can indeed handle Mavericks.
All you need to do is go here and look out for the “Will Run” checkmark. You’ll need to log in first (Facebook or GameAgent account).
GameAgent includes a disclaimer stating “All information provided is currently speculative. Features and system requirements are subject to change.”
OS X Mavericks is the latest version of the Mac operating system. Currently in development by Apple’s software engineers (with the help of the company’s registered developers), the software is scheduled to debut this fall.
A broad range of features and improvements is being introduced, including Maps, Tags, Finder Tabs, enhanced multi-display support, iCloud Keychain, and a desktop version of iBooks, just to name a few.