Macbook Air benchmarks

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by hoyaspook, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2008
  2. macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2003
    I have a hard time with people deciding between a MBP and a MBA. Total opposites! You guys that are trying to decide between these need to really think what you are going to use this laptop for. New is cool but sometimes you can shoot yourself in the foot.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2004
    London, UK
    Personally I was not expecting the MBA to be that capable. The 1.8 with SSD should be a really impressive performer!


  4. MRU
    macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    Madness isn't it. If you want raw power in a laptop get the MBP simple. The MBA isn't meant to be a powerhorse desktop replacement :rolleyes: When will people just 'cop on' :confused:
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006

    more of a real world test
    interesting result..

    pretty obvious the air won't be as fast especially comparing cpus a 1.6 ghz cant get as fast as a 2+ghz thats just common sense

    but it's nice to know it's not "THAT" slow lol and not too far off from the macbooks
  6. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2008
    What can I say? I'm a sucker for magnetic latches and back-lit keyboards.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2008
    I don't know why you would have a hard time seeing why people would be deciding between a MBA and MBP. Well its brought on another choice for someone who doesn't want a MB! Plenty of us who don't want the MB.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2004
    Exactly! Let's see how the 1.8 ssd does, then make a decision. People keep going back n forth about it not being a main computer. My 12" iBook g4 1.33ghz with 768mb of ram and a 4200rpm hdd has been my main computer for quite some time. I've made movies on it, pictures, internet, email, microsoft office, all with ease. Granted it's not as fast as I would like.

    But for someone like me, a macbook air is ALREADY going to be much faster than what I have. Most of the people crying are ones with MBP's or Macbook's saying oh man this thing is slow blah blah. Well ya, duh! It's slower than your computer, so what. Don't buy it, but it works for some people, and it's benefits to me outweigh what it's lacking. :D
  9. macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    Agreed. It benchmarked better than I thought it would. I am getting the SSD, so I expect even a bit more.
  10. macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    People deciding between the MBP and the MBA are people who don't need anything more powerful than the 2006 MB, but do want the aluminum shell/LED screen/backlit keys of the 2007 MBP.
  11. macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2004
    That describes me perfect. :D
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 17, 2007
    Camp Snoopy
    So while the MBA is horrendous on benchmarking tests, in real life, it lags by a few seconds? I don't see why everyone's complaining so much. If the results were with the 1.6 and HDD, it's bound to be absolutely stellar with the 1.8 and SSD.
  13. macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2006
    Well to be fair a lot of the "few seconds" were on relatively small samples. The moral of the story is, the MBA will be slower if you're doing a lot of things like transcoding video, ect.

    Personally I'd like to see a test on a 1.8 non-SSD machine, as thats what I'd be looking for should I decide to get one... and also think it's a more reasonable machine.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2007
    Edmonton Canada
    wow the 1.8 with 64 GB SSD I ordered should be fast.:D
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2008

    1.6 and 1.8 non-SSD probably isn't that much different.
    I think they did a great job on all the new tech they put into the machine. I'm glad to see what I thought when I read about the new tech in the MBA is really panning out.
  16. macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    Wow this thing performs pretty damn well! Actually I was even more impressed that the macbook beat the macbook pro in nearly every single test LOL
  17. macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2008
    I'm not a computer wiz, but I do agree that the 1.6 is obviously going to be a little slower (why are people making a big deal out of it?). Is there hope that the SSD 1.8 will be a lot faster? I will be looking for a notebook in June. I will be in uni, and I don't need a 'super fast' book. If money really isn't a prob (trying not to sound so arrogant), would the air be such a bad choice? suggestions?
  18. macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2008
    Like the guy who bought an MBA to replace his PowerMac G5, and wondered why his games didn't run so well on it.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2003
    Or the guy that just says "MacBook Air sucks!!!" just to get reactions out of people.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2006
    Given the benchmarks (which are adequate unless you need [insert standard requirements]), I'm still surprised at the visceral reactions the MBA provokes -- positive and negative.

    The similarity to the original iPod reactions are eerie, and with that in mind, I expect that not only will the MBA be a qualified success in its first iteration, but also have the same kind of impact on the ultraportable market that the iPod had with music players, and the iPhone with cell-phones.

    It ain't for me, but I still like it -- a lot.
  21. macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2005
    Yeah, but so are its similarities to the Cube, so it could still go either way.
  22. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2008
    That's exactly where I am! I have a 17" Powerbook G4 ! Ghz w/ 1GB of ram. There's no where for me to go but up!

    Also, more info on actual performance:

    It's definitely faster than the G4, but, honestly, not by much.
  23. macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2007
    Austin, Texas
  24. macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2008
    For $999 more, let's hope your expecting more :)
  25. macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2007
    Helena, MT
    I'm still waiting for another battery test. The newspaper reviewers gave some tests but I'd like to see more confirmation.

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