MacBook Air or old MacBook Pro for bioinformatics?

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  1. mac_user25 macrumors newbie

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    I am about to start a project on bioinformatics, so data analysis in R studio and running some simple Python scripts.

    I currently own two computers and am considering which to use for the project. So which of the following is more powerful / better suited for the task:

    Mid-2013 MacBook Air (13 inch)
    1.3 GHz Intel Core i5
    8 GB ram
    internal SSD

    or

    Mid-2010 MacBook Pro (15 inch matte display)
    2.53 GHz Intel Core i5
    4 GB ram
    regular harddrive

    Thanks!
     
  2. AFEPPL macrumors 68030

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    I'd get a pro, but not one with spinning rust or 4GB.
     
  3. mac_user25 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your response, however I am not looking to get a new mac. I simply wanted oppinions on which of my two current machines to use for the project.
     
  4. AFEPPL macrumors 68030

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    Performance will always be at mercy of the systems bottle neck.
    R needs cores and RAM, so, the MBA CPU is marginally better and you have more RAM in the MBA too. So that would be the direction id go if i had those devices.
     
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