1.86GHz or 128GB SSD???

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by guymarble, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. guymarble macrumors member

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    I am about to buy a MacBook Air and was going to go for the cheaper model as I can't afford to get the higher spec one. However I am wanting to either upgrade the processor or the hard drive to the SSD option.

    Since I can only afford to upgrade one of the options I was wondering which is the best to upgrade. I would be using the laptop for general use and the occasional game.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks :)
     
  2. Doju macrumors 68000

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    SSD without doubt.

    SSDs are what, 40000 rpm (in realistic comparison to HDDs) and the MBA has a 4200rpm HDD. Do the math. :)
     
  3. Chundles macrumors G4

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    I don't think the SSDs used in the Apple laptops are those ultra fast ones, pretty sure the 7200rpm drives still out-gun them in a lot of tasks.

    That being said, you'll notice a great deal of difference between the stock drive and the SSD, more so than the tiny little processor speed bump.
     
  4. elppa macrumors 68040

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    SSD

    Apps load faster, system boots quicker, memory pages in/out quicker, no moving parts and as far as I am aware less power drain as well.

    1.6 -> 1.86 is barely noticeable.
     
  5. guymarble thread starter macrumors member

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    Cool thanks for all the advice guys....think I know what i'm goin for now :p lol
     
  6. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    I have the 1.86 and SSD, but I can tell you that it's the SSD that makes my MBA the fastest Mac I have ever owned... the 1.86 isn't making much of a difference at all for the extra $200. The $500 SSD, is making the MBA rev B an incredibly fast computer. Really the 1.6 and 1.86 GHz CPUs both have 6 MB L2 cache which makes it a really nice CPU.

    Best wishes with your new MBA! Go rev B!
     
  7. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

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    SSD no doubt!!! The SSD that is in my MBA is what makes it so good.

    Hope you enjoy it!! :)
     
  8. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Get the SSD definitely. I was in the same boat as the OP. I bought the 1.6 Air with SSD because that was all I could "afford" and when it arrived I changed my mind and went for the 1.86 with SSD and couldn't be happier.
    Come on OP stop being a cheapskate, you KNOW you can afford the extra $200.00. If you've got the money to buy an Air and you're already spending over $2000.00 then an extra $200 is miniscule. This Air is an ultra portable machine and although it's the fastest ultra portable on the market that extra 260 Mhz can still make a difference so in this case it's best to get the fastest.

    I realized I was being a cheapskate too, I honestly thought I couldn't afford it but in reality I just didn't want to give Apple all of that money but if I'm spending $2000+ then I can spend an extra $200 for the top of the line.
    Don't try and convince anyone here that you can't afford an extra $200.
     
  9. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    I agree that for the extra $200, it's less than a ten percent increase on an already very expensive computer. As a processor calculation only, the 1.6 is 86% as fast as the 1.86 (1.6/1.86=86%). And the 1.6 GHz costs 92% as much as the 1.86 GHz when calculating in the SSD ($2299/$2499=92%). So, for 8% less money, you get a 14% slower MBA. That would tell me the speed difference is a greater percent than the cost to upgrade. That would tell me as a "value" the upgrade is yielding a higher percentage of speed difference than the cost to upgrade.

    If keeping long term, it will be worth it for time saved over years of computing. If planning to upgrade as soon as the rev C is released, the 1.86 GHz will have a higher resale value. So, if just being "cheap," think about the upgrade. If really cannot afford it, and you must make a decision between SSD and 1.86 GHz, the SSD is going to make the MBA a much faster computer.

    Cheers... and good luck with your decision. The truth is any way you configure a rev B MBA, you are getting a really nice computer.
     
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