Macbook Air vs MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by dojoman, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. dojoman macrumors 65816

    Apr 8, 2010
    I just ordered MBA 2011 model with i5 1.7 4GB DDR3 to replace my late 2008 MBP 15" 2.66 Core 2 Duo 4GB DDR3. Would the MBA be faster than MBP? I saw some benchmarks of MBA and it looks significant faster. Has anyone did similar to mine and found MBA to be faster? I haven't receive mine yet. I will use it mostly for web surfing and Adobe Lightroom for pictures post processing.
  2. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Yes, it should be significantly faster. The processor is faster, and also it has the SSD. The 1.7GHz i5 from last year is roughly equivalent to a 3.5GHz Core 2 Duo.
  3. riveting macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    It is a different league, you will be in speed heaven when compare to the speed of your mbp, mostly because of SSD, but the CPU is much faster as well. I don't have a MBP, but my wife's 2011 MBA is much faster than my laptop with spec. comparable to your macbook pro.
  4. mnsportsgeek macrumors 68000

    Feb 24, 2009
    Get a 2012 MBP and put an SSD and 16gb of Ram in it and he will destroy the MBA in terms of performance.
  5. riveting macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    Did you read OP? OP has an old 2008 MBP that has a core 2 duo CPU, not comparing to 2012 MBP. Even compare to 2012 MBP, the 2012 MBP is just slightly faster, + OP never ask whether he/she should choose 2012 MBP or MBA.
  6. silverjam macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2012
    You won't be disappointed by the MBA. For general stuff, it is actually more "instant" as opposed to "fast".
  7. dojoman thread starter macrumors 65816

    Apr 8, 2010
    I received my MBA yesterday. To my surprise I received better specd model. 1.8Ghz i7. The guy from ebay had the model number wrong. Anyway I haven't open it yet as I'm trying to sell my MBP. I'm not sure how much I can get for it. I used it mainly for desktop replacement and it's like brand new.
  8. mentaluproar macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2010
    Ohio, USA
    Summary: new air works smarter and therefore faster than the old pro. New pro has more muscle than the new air.
  9. dbrewster macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2012
    You will inform the seller & return the MBA, right?
  10. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    [MOD NOTE]
    The side argument on the OP's actions of contacting the ebay seller has been removed. It is not germane to the topic, please stay on topic.
  11. riley41090 macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2012
    how do you know this? always been intrigued as to how exactly the comparison works. I previously had a 2.93ghz Core 2 Duo MBP and now my 1.7ghz i5 2012 MBA and 2.7ghz i5 2011 iMac are so much quicker. Is there a table for comparison you know of or something i could see? :)


    i am assuming its a 13" MBA and therefore the 1.8 is the base model, 1.7 was surely just a misprint.
  12. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Went from a 2008 unibody macbook and MBP (both 2.4 c2d) to a 2011 i7 13" MBA.

    The difference? How do I put this in terms you'll understand....?

    Eh, do you remember when you first went from a dial up modem to highspeed internet? That's overstating it maybe just a tad, but it's almost that big of a difference.
  13. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    For starters, the 1.7GHz i5 can turbo boost up to 2.6GHz. Plus, the Ivy Bridge micro architecture is 2.5 generations ahead of the Core 2 Duo. The jump from Core 2 to Nehalem (the first generation Core) offered about a 20% boost on a GHz for GHz basis. The jump from Nehalem to Sandy Bridge was another 15% or so (these are all rough since they depend on the type of computation). Ivy Bridge is the same CPU architecture as Sandy Bridge. The main difference is that it is built on a smaller process, so they can boost the clock speed using the same amount of power.
  14. DaveWil macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2012
    Here are some benchmarks. The only problem is the oldest thing is the 13' 2010 MBP that used the last generation cpu so I would think that is the closest.

    13-inch Early 2010 Intel Core 2 Duo P8800 2.66 GHz (2 cores) 3,652
    11-inch Mid 2012 Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7 GHz (2 cores) 5,770

    Here is the link so you can read more about the test. BTW the test does not take advantage of the SSD drive.

    If there are better benchmarks out there please let me know as I am also looking around for a new Mac.

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