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thecharlesmoore
Feb 1, 2011, 05:10 PM
I'm looking at the 2010 MacBook Air and comparing it to my 2002 Desktop Dell PC. Please somebody tell me which one is better-and if i'll feel a difference of speed in the MBA

DELL:
-Intel Pentium 4 3.06GHz
-2GB of RAM
-NVIDIA Galaxy 7200 GS. (In 09' I had to go to geek-squad to get this Graphics card and it's causing my favorite game, The Sims 3, to lag) :/

MacBook Air
-Intel Core 2 Due 2.13GHz
-4GB of RAM
-NVIDIA 320M (I have NO idea about what this graphics card is capable of)

Thanks to All who choose to help me.



altecXP
Feb 1, 2011, 05:14 PM
I'm looking at the 2010 MacBook Air and comparing it to my 2002 Desktop Dell PC. Please somebody tell me which one is better-and if i'll feel a difference of speed in the MBA

DELL:
-Intel Pentium 4 3.06GHz
-2GB of RAM
-NVIDIA Galaxy 7200 GS. (In 09' I had to go to geek-squad to get this Graphics card and it's causing my favorite game, The Sims 3, to lag) :/

MacBook Air
-Intel Core 2 Due 2.13GHz
-4GB of RAM
-NVIDIA 320M (I have NO idea about what this graphics card is capable of)

Thanks to All who choose to help me.

The Air should be faster all around. in CPU, GPU and Memory speed. Also in drive speed.

thecharlesmoore
Feb 1, 2011, 05:18 PM
The Air should be faster all around. in CPU, GPU and Memory speed. Also in drive speed.

Thanks! Do you think this will last long?

MacRumorUser
Feb 1, 2011, 05:34 PM
Thanks! Do you think this will last long?

We don't know your usage to make a definitive comment in that regard.

thecharlesmoore
Feb 1, 2011, 05:43 PM
We don't know your usage to make a definitive comment in that regard.

Understandable :) Thank You though.

DudeMartin
Feb 1, 2011, 06:05 PM
By last long do you mean long until it's specs are too weak, or long until parts start breaking down?

thecharlesmoore
Feb 1, 2011, 06:07 PM
By last long do you mean long until it's specs are too weak, or long until parts start breaking down?

Until it's specs are too weak

C64
Feb 1, 2011, 06:13 PM
Until it's specs are too weak

Depends on your usage. Apart from games and pro-tools needing more memory/cpu power, most applications don't change that much anymore. If the Air suits your needs now, and these don't change, you'll be able to use it for many years.

thecharlesmoore
Feb 1, 2011, 06:18 PM
Depends on your usage. Apart from games and pro-tools needing more memory/cpu power, most applications don't change that much anymore. If the Air suits your needs now, and these don't change, you'll be able to use it for many years.

Awesome! Thank You.

2IS
Feb 1, 2011, 06:30 PM
Considering you've been able to survive this long with a Pentium 4, then I would say the MBA will last you a very long time. The P4's were not very good processors particularly in mobile applications. Even though it's clocked higher than the MBA, it's actually quite a bit slower. Add to that the fact that you're going from a single core to a dual core, each core being more powerful then the P4 and you got your self quite a jump in performance. This is before you even factor in how much faster the MBA SSD is compared to your old laptops HDD.

bobobenobi
Feb 1, 2011, 06:41 PM
A nine-year-old Dell being compared to a brand new MacBook Air? I think I've seen everything.

thecharlesmoore
Feb 1, 2011, 07:15 PM
Considering you've been able to survive this long with a Pentium 4, then I would say the MBA will last you a very long time. The P4's were not very good processors particularly in mobile applications. Even though it's clocked higher than the MBA, it's actually quite a bit slower. Add to that the fact that you're going from a single core to a dual core, each core being more powerful then the P4 and you got your self quite a jump in performance. This is before you even factor in how much faster the MBA SSD is compared to your old laptops HDD.

Exactly what I was hoping! Thank You :)

thecharlesmoore
Feb 1, 2011, 07:15 PM
A nine-year-old Dell being compared to a brand new MacBook Air? I think I've seen everything.

Sorry. I had no idea about clock speed and the graphics card

impulse462
Feb 1, 2011, 07:23 PM
Both the 1.4ghz CPU and 320M in the MBA are way more powerful than your current computer specs. You'll be fine.

Coupled with the SSD in the MBA, youll notice and immediate difference.

Jman14
Feb 1, 2011, 07:29 PM
Most defiantly the MBA. It will be like night and day!

thecharlesmoore
Feb 1, 2011, 07:39 PM
Both the 1.4ghz CPU and 320M in the MBA are way more powerful than your current computer specs. You'll be fine.

Coupled with the SSD in the MBA, youll notice and immediate difference.

Thanks! I just learned about clock speed so this is gonna be a good purchase

thecharlesmoore
Feb 1, 2011, 07:39 PM
Most defiantly the MBA. It will be like night and day!

xD Thanks!