Auto Cad and Photoshop on MBA 13"

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by thatin, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2010
    Hi, I'm between the MBA 13" i-5 and i-7
    Have anyone experienced Auto Cad (2d only), Photoshop on the new MBA?
    And, with auto cad, office app and photoshop, which core do u think I should get i5 or i7?

    Thank you so muchhhhhh
  2. macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2009
    I'm not entirely certain how CPU intensive Auto-CAD is when your'e in 2D. I have had no issues with Photoshop or Lightroom.

    In the 13" model, the CPU difference between the i5 and the i7 isn't huge. I believe ~8% is what Anandtech reviewed it as. If you were going from the 11" i5 to the i7, it would be a much larger performance boost, being around 30%
  3. MRU
    macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    ^ Yep exactly...

    Not sure you would notice 8% difference OP. Save your $ and put it towards something better :)
  4. macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2010
    United States
    I'm runing acad in the 13 i5, and it runs really well. I'm also using office 2011 and CS3 without issue (well, other than the adobe updater, of which part is a PPC application and wont run)
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2010
    oh, thank you guys so much for clearing my doubt :D
    Okay, then I will go with the i5 :)
    But I so love the 11" air :(, Do you find it uncomfortable doing lightroom and Cad on 11" screen?
    I have a 24" screen at home but for work, I need Cad and I dun have a spare screen at work.
    Can share your thought about it?
  6. macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2011
    Here's a little video I made of the 13" i7 processing a RAW file in both Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5. It'll give you an idea of the Air's performance.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2009
    Well, I don't have an 11" version, however--the i5 in the 11" doesn't turboboost as much as the 13" version. It may be worth it to upgrade the processor in the 11" to the 1.8 i7.

    As for workspace resolution--the 11" only has something like 70 less pixels horizontally, however vertically is where the larger loss is.
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2010
    thank you so much :D Finally I bought the Air 13" i5 :) and i'm loving it :D
    Installing windows via VMware now to run my CAD (my office only support CAD for windows). Hope it will work well.

    For Lightroom and photoshop, I think it is not bad at all, quite smooth actually :)
    Once again, thanks to all of you :D
  9. macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2009
    Enjoy your computer!
  10. macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2011
    hi thatin,

    how is the 13" i5 working out for you?
    I'm looking at the 13" i5 MBA to run:

    - autocad for mac (doing basic 2D furniture drawings)
    - sketchup to model the furniture
    - photoshop
    - lightroom

    Wondering if MBA could handle all that without it being a big struggle.

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