2009 MacBook Pro Vs new MacBook Air performance?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macnerd93, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. macnerd93 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2009
    United Kingdom

    So i've finally just sold my immaculate 2009 13" MacBook Pro. What I wanted to know was, is a current gen 13'' MacBook Air's CPU going to be faster than the Core 2 Duo CPU in my 2009 13'' MacBook Pro clocked at 2.53Ghz.

    I Know the flash storage etc will all help performance, but I shoot with a Go Pro Hero 3 black edition 1080i for capturing my rowing training videos and sometimes edit on the move. My current MacBook Pro is very choppy and sluggish at compiling out. Today it was stuttering on playing a 2.7K cinema file of a rowing session. Is the MacBook Airs 1.4Ghz CPU going to be able to do this. I know its an 'i' series CPU mind.

    I'm swaying more towards the Retina 13'' MBP though to be honest. Max budget is about £1,100.

  2. sebseb macrumors 6502


    May 24, 2014
    Intel doesn't just improve clock speeds. It's about architecture of the processor that really matters. So yes the macbook air 13" should handle the videos better than your 2009 model! However check the apple refurb store to see if you can find any Macbook Pro deals there.
  3. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Firstly, does your Macbook already have 8GB of RAM and a SSD? If your video playing is stuttering it can be I/O bandwidth. 5400rpm HDDs can't provide speeds much faster than 70MB/s in the best case (sequential reads). Otherwise, they're much probably fetching data at around 10% of this rate. VLC was stuttering a lot with a HDD in my Macbook. When I upgraded to a SSD, it proved being a nice video player option.
  4. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    The current-gem MBA is more than twice as fast compared to a 2009 15" MBP. So the performance difference to your old 13" will be significant.
  5. lionkin macrumors regular


    Nov 8, 2014
    West Hollywood
    I would pick macbook air 2014 over 2009 macbook pro. The current macbook air 13 2014 is faster and better screen resolution.
  6. macnerd93 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2009
    United Kingdom
    I'm not choosing a 2009 MacBook Pro, I've just sold that. I've owned it for five years, just got rid of it on Monday.

    I've settled for a 13'' Retina maxed out to 16GB RAM in the end.
  7. blooperz macrumors 6502

    Dec 10, 2013
    Id pick up a refurb retina 13" they have a 8/256 variant on there for 1159 atm....retina screen blows the air's out of the water.
  8. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2010
    I agree, get a refurb rMBP. Really good specs on mine and saved me 500 dollars. Love it.

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