2016 MBP non-TB i5 vs MacBook Air 2013 i7

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by packeted, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. packeted macrumors newbie

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    Hey folks,

    I recently purchased a MBP TouchBar 13", pretty much maxed out. It set me back $2500 and for a number of reasons I'm a little disappointed. The build is awesome, the reduced footprint is fantastic and the screen is a huge step up from my old MBA however the TouchBar really feels like a gimmick (and is quite glitchy) and the battery life feels like half of what I used to get on my MBA after a couple of weeks of use. What's more, this machine was significantly more expensive.

    I've decided to return it and am considering just getting a 2016 MBP 13" non-touchbar as the battery life is supposed to be better and I wouldn't be paying hundreds extra for the touchbar, that I simply don't think is worth it (thus far anyway).

    My main question is how does the performance of the base i5 model compare to that of a 2013 MBA i7 (both 8GB RAM). Has anyone seen any benchmarks comparing the two? How does it hold up when driving a 4k monitor at full res (something my MBA doesn't support).

    Cheers,
    Francis
     
  2. laidac macrumors newbie

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    I would love to know the answer to this as well – let me know if you find out any more.
     
  3. chabig macrumors 68040

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    The loaded 13-inch MacBook Pro is about 10% faster than the non-touchbar MacBook Pro, which is about 10% faster than the 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air.

    Single core performance
    MacBook Air 13-inch 2013: 3271
    MacBook Pro 13-inch non-touch bar: 3604
    MacBook Pro 13-inch loaded: 4001

    https://browser.primatelabs.com/mac-benchmarks
     
  4. newdeal macrumors 68020

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    that is pretty pathetic that intels CPU is only 10% faster than one from three years ago. I love my 2013 air I just wish they would make one with an IPS screen and larger colour gamut
     
  5. thadoggfather macrumors 604

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    still, that is enough reason to get an rMBP 16 for P3 IPS screen,

    apple is aware,
     

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