MB Pro 13 with SSD vs Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by OSMac, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. OSMac macrumors 65816

    Jun 14, 2010
    Anyone use a MB Pro 13 with an IntelSSD?
    Can you comment on heat and fan noise while browsing ?

    I already have the SSD and am considering buying a MBP 13
    or one of the Air models.

    Cost and maximum performance wise the MBP, seems best but if the fan runs loud even while browsing and the machine heats up I might regret the choice?

    13 MacBook Pro Used with my SSD , 4gb ram, 2.4ghz, line in ... $1000

    13 Air 1.86ghz, 128 ssd, 2gb ram 1349

    11 Air loaded 1.6 128 4gb ram 1449
  2. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    You may get more responses posting this in the MBP thread.

    The MBP won't heat up to boost the fan at high speed during web browsing, with or without SSD. Generally, loud fan kicks in during processor-intense processes: video conversion (Handbrake), or stream long clips of flash video. The results won't be too much different with the SSD.
  3. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    If you already have the SSD, and the used 13" MBP is only going to cost $1000, you'll obviously be saving money going that route.

    But even then, a 2.4ghz 13" MBP is going to underperform a 2.13ghz MBA in several areas. Check out these two links for examples:

    CPU performance: http://barefeats.com/mbpp29.html

    Graphics/Gaming performance: http://barefeats.com/mbpp30.html

    Now if you keep your comparison to the 1.8ghz MBA, I think you'll feel better about your MBP choice.
  4. OSMac thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 14, 2010
    Great links....

    Why would the Air beat a faster CPU in the pro?

    I assume they had a traditional HD in the pro, probably fragmented from use.
    So the results may be comparing fragmented HD vs fresh SSD?

    I wonder how the results would compare if the Pro had a new SSD?
  5. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    Take a close look at those test results again.....

    They are measuring CPU and Graphics performance mainly. Other than speeding up load times for game scenes, the SSD is going to offer very little performance boost versus a stock MBP. And no, I wouldn't factor hard drive fragmentation into these tests at all.....the top end MBA just plain outperformed a 2.4 MBP.

    CPU clock speed isn't everything.
  6. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    The MBA's 6MB of L2 cache (versus 3MB in the MBA) may have something to do with it.

    As for graphics, it's just the 330m in the MBA versus the 320m.
  7. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010

    The MBA's have Nvidia's 320m.....at least this is what mine says in the system profiler and what Apple advertises in the specs for the MBA's.

    Isn't this the same graphics card that comes in the current-gen 13" MBP as well?

    The cache would make a performance difference....thanks for the reminder of that difference.
  8. OSMac thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 14, 2010
  9. Perdification macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2010
    I'm really looking forward to see how the next MBP updates compares to the MBAs.

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