Besides Processor: What's faster on rMBP over new MBA?

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  1. legaleye3000, Jun 22, 2013
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    legaleye3000 macrumors 65816

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    Besides the processor, does the 15 inch rMBP have a faster bus speed, ram speed, etc., over the new MBA that just came out? Thanks.
     
  2. leman macrumors 604

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    No, actually the MBA should be slightly faster. It has a better memory controller and everything. And benchmarks I have seen appear to reflect this (MBA getting slightly better memory scores than the rMBP despite lower CPU performance).
     
  3. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is it worth it to upgrade to the i7 on the new MBA?
     
  4. falconeight Guest

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    I haven't heard or seen that. The rMBP has twice the processor speed 8gb of ram. Its a totally different animal.
     
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    MUCH better graphics, more ram by default, more SSD space by default
     
  7. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Space doesn't matter to me. 128gb is enough for me... Is the integrated graphics good enough for playing command and conquer type games?
     
  8. B... macrumors 68000

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    Why would you compare 15" to 11/13"? The MBA has better graphics than a 13" Pro.
     
  9. leman macrumors 604

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    Twice the processor speed?? The 13" base model has the i5-3210M CPU which is maybe 15% faster then the MBA's i5-4250U. And the Haswell CPU is a new architecture with an improved memory controller.

    P.S. I am obviously not talking about the 15" rMBP here.
     
  10. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is the new MBA MUCH faster than an early 08 MBP? Since the 08 MBP has the gpu... Thanks.
     
  11. Livewings macrumors regular

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    Everything is faster on the MBA.
     
  12. leman, Jun 22, 2013
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    The MBA is MUCH faster then the 08 MBP.. that dedicated GPU is slower then the previous-yen Intel integrated graphics... and the new MBA has the current-fen one, which is 30-40% faster

    Edit: read both yen and fen as gen :p
     
  13. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    just answering the OP's question. I agree the comparison is pretty silly.
     
  14. falconeight Guest

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    I understand that haswell is the new buzzword. Its a cpu for the facebook crowd. People who want long battery life but don't need power. There is nothing wrong with that.
     
  15. leman macrumors 604

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    Haswell is the fastest consumer CPU architecture on the planet :D
     
  16. falconeight Guest

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    true so if the processor in the macpro's were 1.3ghz then the haswell would be faster.
     
  17. leman macrumors 604

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    I have no idea what you are talking about. The fact is, Haswell is faster then Ivy Bridge (the previous fastest architecture) clock-by-clock. Go and look at the benchmarks before you post nonsense.

    P.S. And yes, it makes sense to use a slower clocked, cooler running CPU if the performance is sufficient. Or do you insist on going for groceries in a racing car? If you need performance, pick a higher-clocked model, it will outperform any other CPU.
     
  18. falconeight Guest

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    The I5 processor in the rMBP is 10 to 15% faster than the I5 haswell in the MBA.
     
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    Battery drainage isn't.
     
  20. falconeight Guest

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    Thats true the battery is great.
     

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