Did anyone order the 1.6 SSD Rev B or am I the only one??

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by HLdan, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. HLdan macrumors 603

    HLdan

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    I bought the Macbook 2.4 Ghz and hated the screen (as some others have too) so I returned it back to Apple and they were nice enough to waive the restocking fee. So I ordered the MacBook Air 1.6 Ghz with SSD to save some cash. I wasn't sure if it was worth spending the extra $200.00 for 260 Mhz. It hasn't shipped yet but it's in "Prepared for Shipping" and I am having second thoughts if I should go all the way and get the 1.86 Ghz with SSD. So far I have noticed that people that have bought the new Air bought the top model 1.8 Ghz with SSD.
    Did anyone order the 1.6 with SSD? Will there be a enough performance increase to justify the price? I will be doing web surfing, spread sheets, iPhoto and Photoshop edits and playing Need for Speed Carbon. Any replies appreciated. :)
     
  2. shokunin macrumors regular

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    I'm contemplating the 1.6 / SSD version Rev B. The Rev A's seem to ramp up to 1.6/1.8 based on workload and from what others have posted rarely stay at 1.6/1.8 until thermal throttling begins. What good is buying the 1.8 if thermal throttling drops the processor back down to 1.4 or 1.2ghz.

    I'm hoping Rev B doesn't have this issue and that the MBA is actually able to be pegged at 100% utilization at 1.6 or 1.86 without thermal throttling.
     
  3. HeadForTheHills macrumors member

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    The status of my 1.6GHz MBA2 CTO SSD has just changed from 'Not yet shipped' to 'Prepared to ship'. :)

    I did not think the 1.86GHz would yield much of a performance gain - perhaps less than 8%. I had already spent more than I intended by upgrading to SSD.
     
  4. HLdan thread starter macrumors 603

    HLdan

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    Great! Mine shipped last night. The SSD orders are coming sooner than the HDD's. Thanks for your reply, I was hoping someone would give me some insight on whether I should just keep my 1.6/SSD or return it for the 1.86, I just didn't want to pay another $200.00 to Apple if the speed increase wasn't worth it.
     
  5. conradmaya macrumors newbie

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    SSD worth the extra money?

    is the ssd drive worth the money? what are the benefits of this drive? i have the first MBA and have ordered the new one, but am confused about the SSD drive worth?
    thanks
    conrad
     
  6. macbook123 macrumors 68000

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    The main advantage should be improved reading and writing speed, which would also affect the opening of applications. However I can't point you to concrete benchmarks proving this (would love to see them myself though).

    In the past there were rumors of battery life being improved, but I think these have been debunked, and it's basically the same between SSD and HDD.
     
  7. ercanbas macrumors regular

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    I ordered the 1.6 hdd MBA 2.0 but then called and upgraded to the 1.86 processor. I did keep the hdd as I feel ssd is still coming down in price and will replace it later.
     
  8. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    I'll probably be cheaping out all the way and getting the cheapest new MacBook air for my wife. Maybe I'll swap it out to a SSD in the future one day.
     
  9. keantan macrumors regular

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    I ordered a 1.6GHz / SSD as well. Expected delivery is between 12 Nov and 17Nov. Can't wait :D
     
  10. phoobo macrumors regular

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    1.6 is the one for this machine

    Revision 2 or not, this machine has ventilation problems, so the 1.6 processor is a smarter choice here. You won't really notice the difference anyway - except maybe in your wallet. But your family jewels will thank you for it.
     
  11. keantan macrumors regular

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    I don't know about ventilation problems, I was thinking it was more a case of too much money for 260MHz. I guess it will help with the ventilation and stuff because it's a lower clock speed.
     
  12. HeadForTheHills macrumors member

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    Xbench Macbook Air 2 : 1.6GHz vs 1.86GHz

    Xbench Macbook Air 2 : 1.6GHz vs 1.86GHz

    128 vs 137

    http://db.xbench.com/merge.xhtml?doc2=317388


    Unfortunately I will have to return it as the USB door is not flush - bent plastic :mad:
     
  13. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    I posted this earlier, but still haven't bought an MBA yet for my wife. And now with the lowered price for refurbished MBAs on Apple's site, I'm wondering about Rev. A's too.

    Here's a list of my options right now:

    * $999 Refurbished 1.6ghz C2D Rev. A
    * the $1299 w/ SSD instead Rev. A
    * the new $1799 1.6ghz w/120GB SATA hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics Rev. B
    * $2299 for the 1.6ghz one w/ an SSD drive instead (also not adjusted for my education discount) Rev. B
    * $2499 for the 1.8ghz ghz w/ MacBook air Rev. B

    I really want to cheap out on this as much as possible. My wife probably won't be doing much with this.

    Seems there's mainly a speed benefit from this post:

    Does this mean that the 1.86ghz isn't that much better? or it is?:


    This post makes me more comfortable not doing any of the higher than 1.6 options:

     

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