MBA 13 Ultimate vs RMBP Ultimate Benchmarks

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ckeck, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. ckeck macrumors 6502a

    ckeck

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    I've been struggling for weeks now on which machine to keep and in the course of using both I decided to benchmark both with Geekbench and Unigine. Figured I'd post the results here for anyone else who is in the same predicament.

    I love the retina display at native resolution but I hate native resolution. The air is a great size and the Samsung display is pretty good, but still no IPS. Damn you Apple for doing this to me. I don't need to play games often, but when I do I want it to work...

    RMBP Geekbench Results
    http://c3450601.r1.cf0.rackcdn.com/RMBP Geekbench Text.txt

    Ultimate Air Geekbench Results
    http://c3450601.r1.cf0.rackcdn.com/MBA Geekbench Text.txt

    RMBP Unigine 3D Benchmarks
    http://c3450601.r1.cf0.rackcdn.com/unigine_20120703_rmbp.html

    Ultimate Air 3D Benchmarks
    http://c3450601.r1.cf0.rackcdn.com/unigine_20120703_air.html
     
  2. mikeray macrumors regular

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    If the only complaint you have for the Air is when you play games, why don't you just used a console for that??
     
  3. BlueOcean macrumors member

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    With the same size SSD, the difference in price between the Air and the rMBP should let you buy a console easily, even a next gen PS/XBox I reckon. In my opinion, this is a better option for gaming, but I know it doesn't suit everyone.
     
  4. ckeck thread starter macrumors 6502a

    ckeck

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    Console gaming is not gaming IMHO...I play some casual games there but no FPS (except for Halo) and obviously I can't play StarCraft and Diablo 3 on my Xbox.

    Nor my older games like Quake 2/3...but these should be fine on the Air. Not ideal at all but just when traveling.
     
  5. macbook123 macrumors 68000

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    Very informative stats. Does anybody understand why the retina is disproportionately better in the unigine tests?
     
  6. GBlansten macrumors regular

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    It's called discrete graphics.
     
  7. asting macrumors 6502

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    It has a much faster dedicated graphics card (and they're both run at the same resolution).
     
  8. dojoman macrumors 65816

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    Right!!!! Genius!!!!
     

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