Better Processor - 13in Macbook Air (top one) vs 13in Macbook Pro Retina (base one)

slumpey326

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which one would be able to handle a heavier load of running multiple applications, 13in Macbook Air top of the line model or the new 13in Macbook Pro Retina base model.
 

paulelgan

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i'm looking for the same answer :) can't decided to get which one for more intense work since both have very similar spec

MBA i7 2.0ghz vs rMBP i5 2.5ghz:confused::confused:
 

Jinzen

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which one would be able to handle a heavier load of running multiple applications, 13in Macbook Air top of the line model or the new 13in Macbook Pro Retina base model.
The 2.5 turbos to 2.9, while the 2.0 i7 turbos to 3.2ghz.

Under intense single threaded applications, the Air may actually be faster, but under most scenarios, the Pro should be faster.
 

paulelgan

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The 2.5 turbos to 2.9, while the 2.0 i7 turbos to 3.2ghz.

Under intense single threaded applications, the Air may actually be faster, but under most scenarios, the Pro should be faster.
thank you very much for your answer. i very appreciated :) do you have a recommendation? with student discount base rMBP 13" is almost $100 cheaper than MBA 13" with i7 2.0ghz, 8gb ram, and 256GB flash at $1699 trying to decided which will be more future proof
 

slumpey326

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thank you very much for your answer. i very appreciated :) do you have a recommendation? with student discount base rMBP 13" is almost $100 cheaper than MBA 13" with i7 2.0ghz, 8gb ram, and 256GB flash at $1699 trying to decided which will be more future proof
yes, but the base 13 rmpb only comes with 128gb SSD compare to 256gb SSD. This might be a deciding factor.
 

Jinzen

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thank you very much for your answer. i very appreciated :) do you have a recommendation? with student discount base rMBP 13" is almost $100 cheaper than MBA 13" with i7 2.0ghz, 8gb ram, and 256GB flash at $1699 trying to decided which will be more future proof
Yea, the base Pro is a no-brainer if you're deciding between the two. The display technology and resolution will make using Macbook Airs (the worst display Apple has ever used to date with awful viewing angles) seem like serious eye-sore.

The rest are just gravy - a few more ports, slightly more power etc.

However, you may find the actually user experience to be worse on the new Pro - the HD4000 handling Retina resolutions will likely encounter similar scrolling and UI transition hits that the 15" Retina Pro has to deal with, albeit not as severe. Who knows, it may even be at the threshold for the chip to deal with and not notice a performance hit.

To be perfectly honest though, if you are spending $1600, might as well get the $1999 base 15" Retina Pro (student discount). It's way more screen, power, and storage than the 13" Retina Pro.

The 13" Retina Pro is IMO, the currently most overpriced Apple product. Possibly the most overpriced one I've ever seen given the outdated CPU/GPU and low flash storage. A 128gb SSD probably costs Apple $50, it's a huge shame that they are doing this to consumers when a 256gb drive would probably not cost them much more than $100.
 

thekev

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since both have very similar spec:
That's not really true. They come from different processor families. The ulv versions found in the air will always be somewhat slower. You should wait for real performance tests, not just geekbench scores. They're typically a better determination than anything else.
 
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