1.86 GHz (4GB RAM) vs Ultimate?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by saintforlife, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    How does the 1.86 GHz with 4GB stack up against the Ultimate? Where could one see a performance gap between the two machines. Also is there any speed difference between the 128 and 256 gigs SSD?
     
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    I doubt most users could tell any difference from processor speed. I used a 1.86 with 4 GB RAM and a 256 drive and thought it was excellent.
     
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    No speed difference between 128 and 256 Gb. Small speed increase when going to 2.13 GHz.

     
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    Actually the 128GB drives being used right now are faster as they switched manufacturers. There is a thread about it somewhere.

    I would recommend checking out the refurbished MBA with 4GB RAM for $1189. Incredible deal with same great MBA and warranty. They show up in the refurbished section of Apple.com a few times per week but go quick.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I bought the refurbished one for $1189 yesterday. I missed it last week when I waited a day to make up my mind and it was gone the next day. This time I was not going to miss it :) I can't wait for it come.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Would you see a difference in performance between the two when you do "intense web browsing", iTunes, stream Netflix, use MS Office or run Windows using VMWare or Parallels?
     
  7. macrumors 68020

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    There would be a slight difference in CPU usage, meaning the ultimate will be less in use since it's more powerful. But again, only a slight difference.

    For me, I only bought the ultimate configuration because the refurb store never has any models with 4gb ram and 256gb ssd without the upgraded processor. I was thinking of going for the 4gb/128gb configuration but I decided to opt for the higher capacity, and it was a good enough price so I jumped on it.
     

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