i7 on Air seems pointless...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Blackberryroid, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. Blackberryroid macrumors 6502a

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    What's the i7 for?

    The MacBook Air is built for everyday tasks, does that need i7?

    i7 is for intense stuff, but then again, you can't recommend the Air for that because it isn't built for intense stuff. So, what's the point of the i7?
     
  2. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

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    You seem to be on a roll of interesting posting.

    The Air is a very capable machine for it's size and weight. There are plenty of use cases (video manipulation, etc) where the i7 makes sense. I would agree that for the average user, it won't be worth the extra cost.
     
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  5. Blackberryroid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nope, that's proof that the Air doesn't need i7, unless you want a MacBook Pro with worse performance, more expensive but dramatically thinner, which is the reason I have a MacBook Air instead of the Pro.
     
  6. Mrbobb, Sep 28, 2012
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    Am going to be the devils advocate here, because it's fun. :)

    In high fidelity audio, there is a thing called HEADROOM, and it relates to how much reserve power an amplifier has WHEN IT NEEDS IT. Because NOBODY really play at hundred of watts of power all the time as some of these amplifiers are capable of delivering. But having extra Headroom gives an amplifier that "liveliness" that audio enthusiasts price.

    U may not need an I7 all-the-time, nor maybe the smallish machine is capable of delivering full I7 power all-the-time. But having an I7 means, for those occasions when an I5 is maxed out (choked) an I7 can still function without freezing.

    Am sure I took some snake oil liberty there somewhere. :)
     
  7. jbzcar, Sep 28, 2012
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    If you don't feel it is necessary, then stop worrying about it. It is not going to go away just because you feel it is unnecessary.
     
  8. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    Your assumption here is that a MBA cannot be used (or at least, is extremely unsuited) for higher-end tasks. This is simply untrue. A quick search on the internet turns up tons of examples of people using their airs for processor-heavy activities like music/movie editing, photoshop, programming and web development.

    The air is as thin as it is not because Apple cut corners in the hardware spec department, but simply through removing parts which they felt most people wouldn't miss and extremely efficient engineering (cd-drive, soldering ram), and these moves won't impact how well your laptop runs one bit.

    There's definitely this persistent misconception that the macbook air is somehow apple's version of the netbook. That is incorrect. The closest thing they have to a netbook would be the ipad. The air is definitely not inferior to any other laptop on the market performance-wise.

    There is clearly a market for people who prize both portability and high specs, and for this group at least, they would find it worthwhile to upgrade to a faster processor.

    tell that to all the other people who bought airs with upgraded processors, and are thoroughly enjoying the noticeable speed increase when encoding media. :)

    You are either very misinformed, or as your nick hints, some sort of troll (but to your credit, still a fairly mild and personable one).
     
  9. SuperJudge macrumors 6502

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    So that it's there when you need it.

    I went with the i7. Most of my heavy lifting is done in a data center or with my quad-core ThinkPad. However, when I'm compiling stuff locally, I like having that extra bit of horsepower on tap so that I don't feel like I'm waiting forever. It's probably all psychological, but it was only an extra $100. Seemed worth it to me.

    Besides, the Air is plenty good for more than just "everyday tasks." It's amazing how little machine you need for just "everyday tasks."

    :rolleyes:
     
  10. utahusker macrumors member

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    Unless you're in the low power tube amp combined with horns camp :). Sorry to stray off topic, carry on.
     
  11. Calot macrumors regular

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    Pointless if you only use your Air to watch porn and send confusing e-mails to supple young boys.

    If you ever dream of playing anything, converting videos, or editing large files, the i7 is PROVEN to be 15-20% faster than the i5.
     
  12. BigMcGuire macrumors demi-god

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    Wait, so you're telling me that my porn will be 15-20% faster if I had gotten an i7 instead of an i5?! DAMNIT!
     
  13. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Who says it isn't built for intense stuff?
     
  14. Blackberryroid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Would you recommend the Air to gamers? To people who renders in AE, Motion and FCPX? To people who are using Logic Studio? To Artists who needs real-time music processing (with hundreds of sound layers and tweaks) on MainStage? To 3D modelers with 3DS Max? To photographers with 5000 RAW pictures? To Photoshop-ers who needs to work with bill-board ads that are probably somewhere in 4096x2160 at 300PPI with hundreds of different layers at different opacity and hundreds more of filters?
     
  15. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Yes. They'll need a light travel machine to go along with their Mac Pro. :rolleyes:

    The only "intense" stuff I do is occasionally export videos from iMovie and rip things with Handbrake. The i7 gets the job done faster.
     
  16. jbzcar macrumors regular

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    I wish I had the free time to troll MacRumors like you are.
     
  17. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a

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    I'll take the extra power from the i7 for virtual machines and video encoding on the air when needed. Since I upgraded the ram I might as well do the processor as well too.
     
  18. pickleydoo macrumors newbie

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    Yes
     
  19. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Sure why not? :D
     
  20. kevinfulton.ca macrumors 6502

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    Exactly! If I can run FCPX, AE, and Strata 3D on my 2009 White MacBook, why wouldn't I do it with an MBA? Granted, I'd get the i7 model :p
     
  21. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Yup - Trusty-old-Core2Duo ain't totally useless yet :D
     
  22. Blackberryroid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That rendering time must be killing you, unless you have been trained by buddhists to learn the art of patience.
     
  23. Blackberryroid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Because you shouldn't. They should be using at least the MacBook Pro 13. If you can afford a MacBook Air with i7, you can surely afford a MacBook Pro 13, which is better in performance.
     
  24. aerok macrumors 65816

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    Actually for Aperture, the SSD makes a world of a difference vs the MacBook Pro 13...
     
  25. Blackberryroid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly. That's why I wouldn't recommend i7 on Air, because Air is truly an everyday computer, not a Pro computer.
     

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