i5 or i7?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Faux Carnival, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. Faux Carnival macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2010
    I read about i7 MBA's heating too much. Is this the case? Or is it just a lie?
  2. chibamac macrumors 6502


    Jan 10, 2009
    My 13" i7 is as cool as refrigerated ground beef. Get it and forget it.
  3. sloan47 macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2011
    I've had ZERO heat issues with the i7. It runs cooler than the 13" 2010 IMO.
  4. LeakedDave macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2011
    Is this even a question? The i7 is obviously better if you can afford it.
  5. FAsnakes macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2007
    I have the i5.. Would have loved the i7 - but I bought from BestBuy and they don't carry the i7s.. . :(
  6. Pipper99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2010
    Fort Worth, TX
  7. Chopstick217 macrumors regular


    Apr 11, 2011
    Huntington Beach, CA
  8. steve dave macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2010
  9. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    The i7 runs a little bit warmer than the i5 at idle, but it is fine overall, and I'm not worried at all about overheating issues.
  10. adamsium macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2011
    I have the 11in i7 and have had absolutely no issues with excessive heat.
  11. macjacky11 macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2011
    It is really a dilemma for me. I am always torn between i5 or i7. Some people say i7 is too warm and not much faster and some people say they dont have a problem with the heat from i7. still thinking now.
  12. misterneums macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2009
    Some people are really OCD about heat on their laptops. If they can feel even a little warmth there must be something wrong.

    As for performance: There is a big jump from the 1.6 i5 to the 1.8 i7. Otherwise it's a marginal increase on the 1.7 i5.
  13. tbobmccoy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2007
    Austin, TX
    It all depends on what you plan on doing with it. I have no problems with my i5 MBA 13" and the performance increase is less than 10%. I'm pretty sure that's not worth an extra $90... but that's me. It's all up to you!
  14. Kafka macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2011
    Getting the ultimate was tempting with the previous Air since it was weak to begin with, anything more was appreciated, but the i5 handles easily any "basic" use.
    I suspect lots of people are getting the i7 while not really needing it.

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