2010 13" 2.4 C2D to 2013 Macbook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MacR5, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. MacR5 macrumors member

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    Hi Everyone,

    I could use some advice - my wife is using a 2010 13" 2.4ghz C2D, which I have upgraded to 8GB of RAM and a 240GB SSD. She plugs into a 24" monitor while at home but is on the road a fair amount as well so portability is a factor.

    I'm curious, assuming I get her an i5 MBA with similar size SSD and RAM, will there be much of a performance difference with the new processors and chipsets? Her primary tasks are lots of email, lots of tabs in Chrome/Safari with Youtube, Netflix and Hulu running, occasional photo editing, word docs, video viewing. She tends to keep quite a number of programs/tabs/emails open at one time.

    Attributes such as the lighter weight, long battery life, nice form-factor, will certainly help - but if it's mostly a lateral move than I may save the money and upgrade next year or the year after.

    Thank you all for your input!
     
  2. Buck987 macrumors 6502a

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  3. MacR5 thread starter macrumors member

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    Not particularly. It does hang a bit when using expose from time to time or switching between spaces. That said, it's 3 years old, if I get a new computer, I want it to last 3+ years and hence the questions about performance.
     
  4. yosemit macrumors regular

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    It would double the CPU performance. Geek benchmarks score here:
    http://browser.primatelabs.com/mac-benchmarks

    MacBook Air (13-inch Late 2010), Intel Core 2 Duo L9600 2130 MHz (2 cores) 1188
    MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2013) Intel Core i5-4250U 1300 MHz (2 cores) 2366

    Note the i5 is marked as 1.3GHz but it boosts to 2.6GHz.
     
  5. MacR5 thread starter macrumors member

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    Awesome, thank you for the reply!

    Any idea if the machine will be snappier running at 27" screen at 2560x1440? Her current machine's still pretty decent but not super smooth.
     
  6. WillFisher macrumors 6502

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    I went from a 2010 13" 2.4ghz to a 13" Air, 1.3/256/8

    This thing I would not trade for anything. Its light, super quick and does its job in every way.
    Mine personally ran my standard 1920x1080 monitor a little better, its now 100% smooth as apposed to 99%, so quite possibly will run smoother!
    Hope this helps!
     
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  8. calvol macrumors 6502a

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    Unless you really need to open apps a couple of secs quicker, I would hang on the 2010 Air, and upgrade next year, when there will most likely be a significantly redesigned Air--- rumored 12" with IGZO screen, DDR4 memory, smaller bezels, Broadwell chip, and Thunderbolt II. I have a 2010 running fine with a Dell 24" display, hang on to it a while longer.
     
  9. alphaod macrumors Core

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    My mother had a 2010 13" MacBook Pro; the issue was for photo editing it was getting slow, and it had a traditional HDD, so it wasn't terribly responsive all the time.

    I gave her a 2012 13" Retina MacBook Pro (i7 3.0GHz/8GB RAM/512GB SSD) as an upgrade. I no longer get complaints and service calls.
     
  10. MacR5 thread starter macrumors member

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    I think this is all good advice.

    I upgraded her MBP with an SSD and that made all the beach balls go away and had a huge impact on performance. I think she'll be able to make it another year, until the next Airs are released. Sounds like those will be sweet, I may pick one up for myself as well.
     
  11. Miltz macrumors 6502

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    I think it's worth the Upgrade. You'll see 3 time the performance increase when the system is stressed. Buy it today or tomorrow to save money. Best Buy has awesome deals.
     
  12. Buck987 macrumors 6502a

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    3 years is pretty good turnover...I would go for it. Your present system is not likely to get any faster.
     

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