1.7GHz vs 2.0GHz

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mrbrycel, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

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    How noticeable is the a difference between the two? I'm trying to decide whether or not its worth an upgrade. I'm mainly a desktop user, and edit video on a Mac Pro, but am looking to get an 11" MacBook Air as a portable device for doing necessary computer tasks I can't do on my iphone. I won't be doing any real editing on it, but I would like to put FCP on it for the rare occasion I want to quickly edit some 1080p h264 footage.
     
  2. macrumors member

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    LOL
    You won't be able to quickly render anything in FCP on the MacBook Air 1.7 or 2Ghz because there is only 2 cores with HT. There is not such a big difference in speed between 1.7 and 2Ghz MacBook Air.
     
  3. macrumors member

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    Hardly any difference, I've tried both and benchmark scores do vary but in my actual use I honestly wouldn't have known which is which.
     
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    The difference is minuscule. I would suggest to save your money.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    Awesome, thanks for all the replies! What about RAM? 4GB of RAM seems like more than enough for what a MacBook Air would generally be used for, so it seems as if 8GB would be overkill, right?
     
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    ka-spot

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    If You decide in near future to run virtual machine You'll be better with 8GB of RAM :) Just spend a $100 before You need the RAM or $1000+ after (for the new model) :)
     
  7. macrumors member

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    I would absolutely recommend the RAM upgrade. Much better to spend the extra 10% or whatever it is to add not only additional performance now but to also give you peace of mind regarding the useful life of your purchase. For me it was a no brainer, even though I'll rarely use 8 GB in day to day use for the next year or so, who knows what future system requirements to be right?
     
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    the cpu isnt worth the update and i dont regret having the 1.8 ghz on my 13 inch. I do think the 8 gb ram upgrade for 100 usd is totally worth it. The few people i know that have gotten the 4 gb of ram on their air regretted it later.
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    Two very good cores. Depends on what one's definition of quick is but it will probably have more than tolerable render speeds for basic editing in full hd.
     

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