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gman901
Sep 25, 2011, 08:39 AM
I was hoping someone with some experience with gaming on the Windows side could tell me how much of an increase in terms of Fps I can get from getting the i7 version over the i5? For instance, I know I could get between 19-25 fps playing Crysis 2 on my old 2010 Air...would it be possible to get close to the same on a 2011 Ultimate? I would keep the resolution at 1024 x 560 and low settings. (BTW- I do not want a Windows only notebook due to constant QA issues and a 15" Pro is too much for me). Thanks!



KPOM
Sep 25, 2011, 09:12 AM
Crysis 2 wasn't tested in this set, but this should give you some sense:

http://www.macworld.com/article/161424/2011/07/bto_macbook_air_2011.html#lsrc.mod_rel

The GPU is pretty similar between the i5 and the i7. Both have a base speed of 350MHz. The i7 and the i5 in the 13" Turbo Boost to 1.2GHz. The i5 in the 11" Turbo Boosts to 1.15GHz.

gman901
Sep 25, 2011, 09:45 AM
Wow! I think the 2010 13" ultimate may be an all-Around better fit for my usage based on those framerates. Thanks for sharing that link.

KPOM
Sep 25, 2011, 09:52 AM
Wow! I think the 2010 13" ultimate may be an all-Around better fit for my usage based on those framerates. Thanks for sharing that link.

If gaming is what's important to you, then the best advice may be to hold out for the Ivy Bridge version next summer. It holds the promise of a 60% improvement in graphics.

gman901
Sep 25, 2011, 10:09 AM
Yeah, I would like to but I made a bad decision selling my 2010 11" for a Windows gaming notebook with defective USB 3 ports. I am sending it back today for a full refund. Not sure if I should get a 2010 13" ultimate refurb or a maxed out 2011 11"? The price difference is about $500.