Which One Is Better??

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by thecharlesmoore, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

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    I'm looking at the 2010 MacBook Air and comparing it to my 2002 Desktop Dell PC. Please somebody tell me which one is better-and if i'll feel a difference of speed in the MBA

    DELL:
    -Intel Pentium 4 3.06GHz
    -2GB of RAM
    -NVIDIA Galaxy 7200 GS. (In 09' I had to go to geek-squad to get this Graphics card and it's causing my favorite game, The Sims 3, to lag) :/

    MacBook Air
    -Intel Core 2 Due 2.13GHz
    -4GB of RAM
    -NVIDIA 320M (I have NO idea about what this graphics card is capable of)

    Thanks to All who choose to help me.
     
  2. macrumors 65816

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    The Air should be faster all around. in CPU, GPU and Memory speed. Also in drive speed.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks! Do you think this will last long?
     
  4. MRU
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    We don't know your usage to make a definitive comment in that regard.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    Understandable :) Thank You though.
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    By last long do you mean long until it's specs are too weak, or long until parts start breaking down?
     
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    Until it's specs are too weak
     
  8. C64
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    Depends on your usage. Apart from games and pro-tools needing more memory/cpu power, most applications don't change that much anymore. If the Air suits your needs now, and these don't change, you'll be able to use it for many years.
     
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    Awesome! Thank You.
     
  10. 2IS
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    Considering you've been able to survive this long with a Pentium 4, then I would say the MBA will last you a very long time. The P4's were not very good processors particularly in mobile applications. Even though it's clocked higher than the MBA, it's actually quite a bit slower. Add to that the fact that you're going from a single core to a dual core, each core being more powerful then the P4 and you got your self quite a jump in performance. This is before you even factor in how much faster the MBA SSD is compared to your old laptops HDD.
     
  11. macrumors regular

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    A nine-year-old Dell being compared to a brand new MacBook Air? I think I've seen everything.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors member

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    Exactly what I was hoping! Thank You :)
     
  13. thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry. I had no idea about clock speed and the graphics card
     
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    Both the 1.4ghz CPU and 320M in the MBA are way more powerful than your current computer specs. You'll be fine.

    Coupled with the SSD in the MBA, youll notice and immediate difference.
     
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    Most defiantly the MBA. It will be like night and day!
     
  16. thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks! I just learned about clock speed so this is gonna be a good purchase
     
  17. thread starter macrumors member

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    xD Thanks!
     

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