# Benefits and Drawbacks between OpenCore Legacy Patcher and other patchers

With OpenCore Legacy Patcher we recommend users go through the below table to understand what the benefits and drawbacks are compared to other patchers. There are positive and negatives to each and we feel transparency is most important when patching another users machine. There should be no grey areas where users may be mislead.

Features OpenCore Legacy Patcher (opens new window) Patched Sur (opens new window)
Over The Air Updates Native System Preferences, additionally supports Deltas (~2GB) for Metal GPUs Inside Patcher Sur app (~12GB), only available when InstallAssistants release. InstallAssistants generally available same day as System Preference updates, however developer betas will lag behind by 1 day compared to OTAs
FileVault Fully supported on all machines Not supported
System Integrity Protection Fully enabled on Metal GPUs Disabled for early 2013 and older during the patching process and first boot afterwards, otherwise enabled
APFS Snapshots Fully enabled Disabled
User facing TUI interface SwiftUI interface, more user friendly
Supported OSes 10.7-12 10.15-11
Firmware Patching None required Required for models without native APFS support
BootCamp Switching Requires EFI Conversion for Start Disk support, otherwise still supported Native
Non-Metal GPU Acceleration In active development, see Acceleration Progress Tracker: Link (opens new window) Currently not researching
El Capitan-era Wifi cards Supported Not supported
WPA Wireless Support Supported Minority may experience issues on early 2013 and older Models
Personal Hotspot Support Native Often requires extra steps to achieve on early 2013 and older Models
HEVC/H.265 Support for Mac Pros and iMacs with Polaris+ GPUs Supported Not supported
Big Sur-styled Boot Picker Available, though as a shim to the original boot picker Not available
Hibernation Support Supports 3rd party SATA SSDs on 2011 and older models in addition to stock drives Only supports stock drives on 2011 and older models
Sidecar Support Supports any Mac with Metal Intel iGPU, artifacting way exhibited on high movement screen content Not supported at all