I have 2016 mba

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nlr, Jun 22, 2017.

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Worth the upgrade?

  1. yes

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  2. no

    7 vote(s)
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  1. nlr macrumors 6502

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    Hello,

    I have the 2013 i7 macbook air 13 and I was wondering what would the benefits be if I upgraded to the newest 2017 macbook air 13 i5? Thanks

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  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Battery life, predominantly. Performance will be a little snappier but nothing mindblowingly better.
     
  3. Pugly macrumors regular

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    I think any older i7s are faster than the 2015/2017 i5. But everything else is slightly improved: graphics, ssd, battery life...

    I don't think it would be worth the effort to upgrade it.
     
  4. nlr thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sorry it was a typo its a 2013 i7? How faster would it be over the i5 2017 upgrade? My friend wants to swap his new 2017 i5 for mine 2013 i7
     
  5. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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  6. nlr thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you. I should probably keep my 2013 macbook air then! Do you know if I can replace the SSD to match the new 2017 speed? I think it's 50% faster.
     
  7. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    Not sure, there are very few options for SSDs that fit the 2013 MBA and they were rather expensive the last time I looked. 2013 was the year when Apple changed interfaces and started using some very fast SSDs in the MBA (although the 128gb model was much slower).

    AFAIK, the 2017 MBA still has the same interface but I don't know if there are any third party devices that are faster than your original SSD. I was also reading that the very fast (2gb/sec) SSDs that Apple is putting in the new laptops are their own proprietary chips instead of Samsung, etc.

    But really, what are you doing that requires a faster SSD? I have clocked my 2013 11" i7/8gb/512gb SSD at about 700MB/sec write and 720MB/sec read.
     

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