Is there a big difference between 1.4GHz and 1.6GHz?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mloffa, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. mloffa macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2009
    So I still haven't decided on which air I want yet.
    If I go for the 11.6in, is the upgrade from 1.4GHz to 1.6GHz worth $100?
    It seems very minimal to me but I'd like some thoughts.
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    go the 1.6ghz - will be much more beneficial initially and will give you added years for longevity.
  3. highscheme macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2009
    the difference is not going to add years of longevity to the computer

    As soon as 1.4ghz is too slow for your tasks so will 1.6ghz. It's about an 8% increase in overall MSRP for a 14% in CPU clockspeed which is only one of many parts of the performance puzzle.

    Anyway, I don't think it represents value in price/performance, but if $100 isn't much to you then you might as well go for it with an otherwise fully loaded machine.

    Personally, I feel that upgrading to a new machine 8% sooner would represent a greater value than that of a 0.2ghz performance increase over the life of the computer.
  4. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    I thought it was worth it when I was picking one up for my wife....
  5. phoneorpda macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2005
    All around the world.
    for 100 $, it's definitely worth the upgrade if you can afford it, despite the various CPU percentages that are being thrown around.
  6. sunburn macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2010
    i ordered a 1.6 because i plan to use it for my main computer and will use it for a while before i get another one.
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    i agree. i also agree that it will give higher resale value later on in life (if you wish to sell it) as its the "top of the line".
  8. coelacanth macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2004
    If you were gonna go for 128GB SSD model with 4GB RAM, why not?

    If you were gonna go with 64GB SSD model with 2 or 4GB, mmm, really worth it?

    I'm totally happy with $1099 1.4GHz 4GB Air. I don't think I'll get $300+ extra back from maxed out $1399 Air when I sell it, and I don't need 0.2GHz of extra CPU power.
  9. Jiten macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2008
    I would rather up the RAM then CPU. According to feedback I have read so far, the 1.4Ghz seem to be good enough for day to day computer tasks. Just buy it and use it as you need it then sell it when you want to upgrade next year.
  10. emotion macrumors 68040


    Mar 29, 2004
    Manchester, UK
    In 6 months if someone offered you a speed bump on your beloved MBA for just $100 I bet you'd take it.
  11. maerz001 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2010
    Do it. I have the 1.4 and regret it. Especially flash content is sometimes bringing the cpu to it's knees when you have flash adverts on a site and stream to a movie. but maybe 1.6 is also too week
  12. JD92 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2005
    If it's a choice between 4GB RAM *or* 1.6GHz processor then go for the RAM, but personally I went for both.
  13. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000


    Dec 20, 2009
    Precisely !
  14. gw1 macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2007
    Is there a big difference between 1.4GHz and 1.6GHz?

  15. Lifequest macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2010
    Don't you also get double SSD storage?
    $100 is a bargain.

    I also think that reselling a 64GB device will be difficult and some psychological need to break that 1.5Ghz barrier is big for me. Again it's a measly $100.
  16. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    As a percentage of your purchase price, $100 is minimal. Hopefully, that $100 isn't going to burst your budget (because if that is the case you should really look at the importance of purchasing the Air in the greater context of your finances).
  17. Jobsian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
    If you get the 1.4GHz instead of the 1.6GHz, you will become depressed.
  18. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    Clicktoflash is your best friend.

    A 1.6 will be just as burdened by this problem as a 1.4. It's much less the CPU's problem and much more flash on OSX which just plain sucks. I shouldn't need a core i7 just to look at ads on the internet, Adobe.
  19. snorkelman macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2010
    Personally, by the time the 1.4 becomes 'so slow that I just cant use it', the 1.6 will be at the 'so slow I wouldn't want to use it' stage.

    Both of which are likely to be long after I've given it away to someone else or dropped it under a bus anyway, assuming of course that the lazy slackers at UPS round here actually deliver it this side of OSX11 :D

    The only reason I'd have for buying the 1.6 is for worst case scenario where I unboxed the machine turned it on and thought 'ughhh gawd this is too slow for me'. At least with the 1.6 you'd know you gave it your best shot and it just cant deliver what you need, whereas with the 1.4 you'd always be wondering if that teeny increase in performance would have been just enough to see you through.
  20. AppleGoddess macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2010
  21. bossxii macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    Kansas City
    I agree with many of the comments, for $100 bucks a 14% boost in CPU power seems like a pretty good deal. The thing to think about is what your using your MBA for?

    Reason I say this is, if your not going to use your MBA for CPU intensive tasks such as video encoding, photoshop processing, number crunching etc... you will never see the benefit of the 14% speed. Unless both cores are running at MAX you won't really notice a difference. Daily tasks such as web, youtube, playing a movie from the drive or streaming from Hulu, Netflix etc... They simply don't even tax the CPU to 100%. They rely heavily on the GPU, which is a decent one. This is no different that those people that buy a quad core iMac and then do nothing more than web, email, FB and a few games. Rarely if ever even using the full power or all the cores of the CPU. The ram and solid state storage will be the biggest noticeable factors that let you "feel" the speed in the UI, switching tasks, having multiple programs running etc...

    The first upgrade I would do is ram, bar none will be the best 100 bucks spent on the 11" MBA, CPU is one of those, if you can afford it why not. Either way it's 1.4 or 1.6Ghz, it's not breaking any speed records decoding or converting something in Handbrake lol. It is what is it. :)
  22. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
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    This is a personal choice. FWIW I did it and am happy I did!
  23. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
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  24. rhinosrcool macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2009
    If something runs slow on 1.4, it will run slow on 1.6!

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