MBA 2.16GHZ SSD VS MBP 2.4GHZ i 5, which is faster?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by montblanc1, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. montblanc1 macrumors member

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    Condition is that MBP 2.4 GHZ i5 model has a normal mechanical hard deive, 5400rpm
     
  2. jw nyc macrumors 6502a

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    Depends on the task.
     
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    What are you benching?
     
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

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    What JW NYC said. On CPU-intensive tasks, the Core i5 will blow away the Core 2 Duo. That's why Intel came out with it. On something disk intensive, like copying huge files, the Air will win by virtue of its SSD. A Core i5 MB Pro with SSD would outperform both.
     
  5. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    It will perform better, but not blow away. One generation old hardware isn't outclassed just like that by the next generation. Now, you can say that for 2 generation old Core Dous.
     
  6. WardC macrumors 68030

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    If you are compressing a video file or encoding an audio file in iTunes, the 2.4GHz i5 will be much faster than the 2.13Ghz Core 2 Duo. For Application loading, booting, navigating your machine, and surfing the web the MacBook Air will be faster due to its hardwired Flash NAND-based storage, it can access data faster and cache files faster, but it cannot crunch numbers and data faster. For pure CPU-intensive tasks like converting or compressing audio or video, which can take hours, you would be much better off with an i5 or i7 because the little Core 2 Duo is going to leave you waiting. But still it's an excellent machine for light use and browsing the web.
     

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