2.1ghz/128ssd noticeably faster than 1.8ghz/128ssd MBA ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by entatlrg, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Would the 2.1ghz/128ssd MBA be noticeably faster than the 1.8ghz/128ssd MBA doing common everyday tasks, emails, surfing, photo viewing, youtube playback...

  2. jrwmba macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2009
    I exchanged a two-week old 1.86 with ssd for a new 2.13 with ssd earlier this month. The difference is minimal but noticeable. Depends on what you do "everyday" that exercises the processor. For me, it is iMovie, iPhoto, and using visualHub. For photo editing/rendering and converting say an .avi to a mpeg-4 the 2.13 is maybe 10% faster. No big deal on a 4 minute clip of the toddler, but for something longer can add up. The 1.86 CPU got hotter but not by very much. I have noticed no difference with safari, mail.app, microsoft office, and most other things I do.
  3. penyekz macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2009
    I upgraded my 1.8/SSD Rev A to the 2.13/SSD. There is a slight increase in load speeds. Eg, office takes 2-3 seconds longer in rev A compared to rev C. This is perhaps due to a difference in memory speeds. Apart from that, there's not much of a difference.
  4. h1d macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008
    My rev A SSD took about 35 seconds to boot up, rev C 2.13 took 29 seconds to boot up (likely less difference on rev B SSD, probably around 31?), so even a big process like that has only such a difference. You could use my theoretical super simple (and not always accurate) formula of "N * 29 / 31" to measure the difference of rev B SSD and rev C SSD performance speed :D (ok, basically joking... but u get the point...)
  5. aleksandra. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2008
    Warsaw, Poland
    My rev B SSD takes 26 seconds to boot :p I don't think it's a good way of measuring performance, a few seconds of difference can depend on things like system caches and change depending on use...
  6. h1d macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008
    Possibly, I might've used Yasu before the reboot and it was my first time using iPhone timer thing... so, my finger could've got a bit inaccurate... but the points are said.
  7. Maven1975 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    If you are using bootcamp to game, it is significantly faster and more stable.
  8. TK2K macrumors 6502


    Jun 4, 2006
    gaming on an air is like trying to fry an egg on a geoge forman grill
  9. h1d macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008
    Though, NVidia GPU lets you play a few years old game at the lowest setting kind of good. I could play CoD4, Doom3 decent enough on low settings, possibly Half Life 2 series should play fine too. EvE got around 20 fps, unless in busy areas.

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