Will the new MBA 13" i7 cope?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by vat, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. vat, Jul 22, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2011

    macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2007
    Hi all,

    I ask quite a bit from my computers, on a typical day I'll have like 15 safari tabs open, Adobe Flash builder, Adobe Photoshop, TextMate, Mail, itunes and maybe Lightroom open. I don't like to have to wait when switching programs and I also don't like closing programs :). I kinda do a lot of stuff at the same time and I like it that way.

    My questions is, from your experience so far with the new 13" i7 MBA (or i5), can it cope with that sort of working style?

    Thanks a lot, I am really thinking hard on that one...
  2. MRU
    macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    Your biggest issue is going to be the 4GB max memory from your usage, not the i7 processor. That's not a lot of memory to spread between a lot of heavy apps.
  3. vat
    thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2007
    Yes, you'r right, I am hopping that the SDD will be fast enough to quickly load back swap.

    Have anyone had a try with a harsh level of multitasking? Those geekbench numbers are not substitute for real human experience...

    Many thanks.
  4. macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2011
    Blegh. The 2010 core 2 duo model could do this. At least the 2.13ghz 4gb ram one. And the 2011 is substantially better. So.... Yes. And I run Parallels all the time too.
  5. macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2011
    I think it'll be fine. I have an i7 and run several apps at the same time which include Xcode and Photoshop. Both are memory hogs, about 1gb each, and 1gb swap used a lot of the times. It still runs fast. Photoshop sucks at memory garbage collection though.

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