Is the i7 any more future proof than the i5?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Mjmar, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. Mjmar macrumors 65816

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    I recently purchased a 2012 Air with a 1.8 i5, 8 gigs of ram, and a 256 gb ssd. I don't exactly need the 8 gigs of ram, but I got it so that my machine will last 4 years+. Now I'm wondering if I should change my configuration to the i7, but I'm not really sure that it will make the machine more future proof than the i5. I do some Aperture and Final Cut Express editing, along with the usual web browsing and iTunes. So basically my question is within the next 4 years will there be a point where the i5 will feel slow compared to how the i7 would feel, or will the difference never really be noticeable?
     
  2. 31rhcp macrumors member

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    If you haven't read this thread already, you may find it useful:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1383861

    The general consensus I got from it was that RAM is really key, but the usefulness of the i7 is more determined by the user. Regardless, I think I am going: 13"/256 GB/8GB/i7
     
  3. rygamble macrumors regular

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    According to early benchmarks of the systems, the difference in horse-power is minimal at best. Not worth the upgrade in my opinion.
     
  4. dona83 macrumors 6502

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    Jumping from the i5 1.8Ghz to i7 2.0Ghz is apparently not that big of a difference as others have said. For whatever reason, the 11"'s i5 1.7Ghz is quite a bit of a step down from the 13"'s 1.8Ghz and stepping up to the i7 2.0Ghz is worth it for that model.

    Future proof, who knows? I still use a 2006 iMac as a digital hub, it's a great computer. It does everything except play Diablo III.
     
  5. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Not really. 3-5 years from now, it won't really matter whether you have a 2.0GHz Core i7 or 1.7GHz Core i5. It will still be an old processor. The main differences are slightly more cache and a faster turbo boost.
     

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