How's my current laptop compared to the 13" Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by iLive, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. iLive macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2012
    I have a 4-5 year old laptop, and I am thinking about a MacBook Air. I don't know that much about graphic cards and processors, so if I tell my current laptop's specs, can you tell me if it's worse or better than the base model of MacBook Air 13"?

    Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT
    Intel Core 2 Duo CPU P8400 @ 2.26GHz
    4 GB RAM (3 GB useable)
  2. Zzari macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    The Macbook Air will blow your current laptop out of the water.
  3. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    I've got a P8600 2.40GHz currently so I'm also interested in this thread...
  4. amd is the best macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2011
    +1. The new Air's (2011+) are snappy machines!
  5. ihonda macrumors 68000

    Sep 17, 2009
    my 2011 air blows my 2010 mbp out of the water 3 times over. so it would wipe the streets with ur p8600
  6. kjgilligan macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2008
    My 2008 MacBook is super slow compared to my new MacBook Air. The Air is heaps faster and a pleasure to use. I'm very glad to decided to upgrade.
  7. iLive thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2012
  8. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I upgraded from a 15" 2008 MBP with specs almost identical to yours (my CPU was 2.4ghz) to a 2011 13" MBA i5 1.6ghz 4GB/256GB. The MBA is almost twice as fast for CPU bound tasks and maybe 4x or 5x faster for disk access.

    You will notice a huge difference in speed, especially with the 2012 models which are even faster than mine.
  9. kobyh15 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2011
    Geek bench for the 2.26 P8400 is about 3200. Geek bench for the baseline 1.8 i5 in the 2012 13" Air is about 6200. The Air is roughly double the CPU power. Very significant upgrade.
  10. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    And the speed difference between the MBA's flash memory and the OP's hard drive is even more significant.

    iLive, I assume your old laptop is running Windows. Will you be running Windows on a new MBA?

    It will smoke your old laptop on Windows in bootcamp, but in virtual machines you'd be fine for processor-intensive things, but not for games.
  11. dyn macrumors 68030

    Aug 8, 2009
    That's exaggerated...overly. If it is the 13" model than the specs are nearly the same except for the ssd (but you can upgrade the hdd to ssd on the 13" MBP model). If it is the 15" model than forget it, the 330M videocard in it blows the Intel HD3000 out of the water by miles. All of the 2010 MBP models have faster cpus and can be upgraded to 8GB of memory whereas the 2011 can not (4GB max). If you want something that really blows the mbp out of the water then get the MBP Retina.

    The difference between the Air and the 13" Pro is getting smaller with every new Air it seems. The 2012 model can be upgraded to 8 which will be enough for the coming years for most of the users, even power users that use things like virtualisation. It now also has the ability to use Gbit ethernet anywhere because of the thunderbolt adapter. The memory on the Pro can be upgraded to 16GB and you can have the same ssd options as the Air. In the end it's only the memory and the optical drive that really sets the 13" Pro apart from the Air. I quite like where it is going: portable (read: less bulky) yet very powerful and capable notebooks.
  12. kobyh15 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2011
    No doubt.
  13. eidsvold, Jun 18, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2012

    eidsvold macrumors newbie


    Oct 21, 2011
    I have almost the same specs as you, with the 9600GT, 4GB (333mhz) RAM and a slightly slower C2D-processor. I also have a slow, old 5400 rpm harddrive.

    I'm going to buy the 256GB 13 inch Air with added 8GB ram, and have tried to find out how much faster it will be by checking different benchmarks like Geekbench and PassMark.

    For my specs:

    Processor: 2,5x faster
    Graphics: 0,7x faster (not bad against a dedicated graphics card)
    RAM: 4,8x faster (as in clock speed)
    SSD: 4,5x faster (writing)

    Screen: 1,25x more pixels
    Weight: 3,75x lighter (Haha, I know...)

    To sum it up you get a badass computer in a small package!
    Jeg tror ikke du kommer til å bli skuffet! ;)

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