i5 or i7?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Faux Carnival, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    I read about i7 MBA's heating too much. Is this the case? Or is it just a lie?
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    Lies!
    My 13" i7 is as cool as refrigerated ground beef. Get it and forget it.
     
  3. macrumors member

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    I've had ZERO heat issues with the i7. It runs cooler than the 13" 2010 IMO.
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    Is this even a question? The i7 is obviously better if you can afford it.
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    I have the i5.. Would have loved the i7 - but I bought from BestBuy and they don't carry the i7s.. . :(
     
  6. macrumors 65816

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  8. macrumors 6502a

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  9. macrumors G4

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    The i7 runs a little bit warmer than the i5 at idle, but it is fine overall, and I'm not worried at all about overheating issues.
     
  10. macrumors newbie

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    I have the 11in i7 and have had absolutely no issues with excessive heat.
     
  11. macrumors member

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    It is really a dilemma for me. I am always torn between i5 or i7. Some people say i7 is too warm and not much faster and some people say they dont have a problem with the heat from i7. still thinking now.
     
  12. macrumors 6502

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    Some people are really OCD about heat on their laptops. If they can feel even a little warmth there must be something wrong.

    As for performance: There is a big jump from the 1.6 i5 to the 1.8 i7. Otherwise it's a marginal increase on the 1.7 i5.
     
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    tbobmccoy

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    It all depends on what you plan on doing with it. I have no problems with my i5 MBA 13" and the performance increase is less than 10%. I'm pretty sure that's not worth an extra $90... but that's me. It's all up to you!
     
  14. macrumors 6502

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    Getting the ultimate was tempting with the previous Air since it was weak to begin with, anything more was appreciated, but the i5 handles easily any "basic" use.
    I suspect lots of people are getting the i7 while not really needing it.
     

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