How significant of an improvement..?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Raptura, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

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    You can see the MacBook Pro I own in my signature. It's an early 2008 2.5 Ghz T9300 Core 2 Duo, 4 GB Ram, 250 GB, GeForce 8600M.

    How much better would the $1299 MacBook Air be than my current MBP? :rolleyes:
     
  2. macrumors G4

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    Graphics would be a step back, but everything else would be significantly faster on the new MacBook Air. Think of the 1.7GHz Core i5 as like a 3.5-4.0GHz Core 2 Duo, and the SSD as a super fast hard drive.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. I just want a speedier machine overall. I'm not too concerned about graphics. But, I'm not too familiar with the Intel 3000 Graphics. How much of a step back would it be?
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    Not that much, check this review of the MacBook Air, it will help you to decide if you prefer the Pro or the Air..

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4528/the-2011-macbook-air-11-13inch-review/11
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    If you aren't a gamer you have no need for a dedicated GPU.
     
  6. macrumors 68030

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    I switched from a similar machine - this one is twice as fast at everything but gaming.. effectively

    Gaming is pretty much a wash for most things. now, when I say twice as fast.. that's crunching calculations.. it FEELS 3-4x faster imo due to the ssd.
     
  7. macrumors 604

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    Really? Compared to the OP's configuration? If I read Anandtech's performance numbers correctly, its actually quite a step UP...
     

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