MBA i5 vs i7 - Will I notice the difference?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mbeckman03, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. mbeckman03 macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2008

    I have decided on purchasing a MBA with 8GB of memory and 256 GB SSD.

    With that said, I am hoping to get some advice on the processor.

    My main use of the computer will be:
    - Photo and Video storage and editing
    - Multiple programs open at the same time
    - Streaming to Apple TV
    - Average downloading and streaming

    I know the i7 is about 15% faster but is that 15% truly noticeable?

    I do plan on having this computer for about 4 years.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Based on the usage you describe, it's unlikely you'd notice much of a difference, if any, between the i5 and the i7. RAM will impact that usage more than a faster processor will.
  3. jksu macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2009
    i originally went i5 but for none other than the geek bench results that showed an impressive jump with the 11" i7, i decided to just spring for the i7 to future proof the computer a bit more....

    if you're pinching pennies, the i5 is surely the better deal for non-cpu intensive day to day work.
  4. mikeytrend macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    Would anyone recomend the i7 over the i5 for VMWare and compiling code? I'm looking at getting the higher end 11" MBA and upgrading the RAM for sure, but I'm on the fence about the i7.
  5. snapper64 macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2007
    As compiling code will be fairly processor intensive and the i5 on the 11" is 1.7GHz (rather than 1.8GHz on the 13") I'd recommend upgrading the CPU.

    Looking at GeekBench scores the 11" i5 scores ~5700 and the i7 does much better at ~7000.
  6. mikeytrend macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    Oh wow, that is quite the jump. Looks like I'll be getting an i7 as well. Thanks for the geekbench scores!
  7. hardax macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Don't get too hung up on he numbers. The difference between 5700 & 7000 is not going to be noticeable.
  8. Cliff3 macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2007
    SF Bay Area
    My use of VMWare formed my rationale for choosing the i7. Not because of the higher clock, but rather the extra 1MB of L3 cache.
  9. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    When it comes to i7 vs i5...

    1. How much does it affect battery life?

    2. How much does it affect heat?


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