Thinking about upgrading from MBA Rev A

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Maui19, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    I am thinking about upgrading from my MBA Rev A which I've had for nearly 5 years. This is by far the longest I've had a CPU, and it is still filling my needs fairly well. I do wish that it ran vids better and didn't run so hot, but I've never had such a reliable computer.

    So I'm thinking about upgrading and have some questions. The first is about speed. I'm assuming I'll get a big bump in speed. Can anyone give me an idea how much faster the current MBA is than my old Rev A?

    Configuration: I'm going with the 13" and 128GB SSD. Coming from my 64GB SSD, 128GBs will seem huge. I plan to use an SD drive for backup and additional storage. The question is RAM: I am leaning toward getting the 8GB upgrade. I use the MBA mostly for Internet, music, video, email etc. However this is my "road" computer, so from time to time I have a need to use Dreamweaver, Photoshop, InDesign and VM Fusion. Is 4GB good enough or will I do better with 8?

    Lastly, I am hoping the new MBA runs MUCH cooler, without the attendant fan noise. True?

    Thanks for your help!
  2. macrumors demi-god


    got the MBA11', 2011, my road machine as well, accompanied by an ipad3 as extra monitor. Doesn't really run very hot, unless overworked with all the CS6 suite running, 3 browsers, win7 & xp virtual machines.

    You should be just fine.
  3. macrumors 601

    5 year is a big jump, so yes, it will make a noticeable difference.

    The reason it runs hot probly because you are running 2007 hardware with 2011/2011 software. The latest software tend to require more horsepower. Also web pages get more complicated all the time, again asking for more horsepower from your machine.

    I have a 2011, Surfing is cpu cool 46 degrees, I can't hear the fan at all. CPU gets up to 76 degree when I run a video, but still runs pretty quiet, case gets warm but not hot.

    8G if u can swing it, but the occasional home photoshop what not, 4G should be OK if ur on a budget.
  4. macrumors regular

    ...the Rev A had problems with overheating from day one. But you're right, things didn't get easier for the machine in the last five years.
  5. macrumors member

    I think you should get the extra RAM if you can afford it. You're gonna be using some intensive programs.

    You will notice a huge speed bump from your current Air. I have relied on my 2007 iMac for 5 years and adding my 2012 Air has given me a more reliable setup, although I tend to use my Air more.
  6. macrumors 604


    You could probably get by with 4GB, but 8GB would be a much better option, especially if you're going to be using it for another five years.
  7. macrumors regular

    Absolutely! I used to have the rev A too and now using the 13" Mid 2012, so first hand experience. :D

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