MBA mid 2011 or MBA 2012

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Mirari, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. Mirari macrumors newbie

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    As the title may suggest what do you all think of the performance of the airs from 2011 versus the ones in 2012? Any real noticeable difference ie gaming,processing speed, video playback that sort of thing.
     
  2. robvas macrumors 68020

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    Gaming will be a huge upgrade - Intel 4000 vs 3000
     
  3. KPOM macrumors G5

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    As the second poster mentioned, gaming will be improved significantly. It might not be quite the 60% improvement per Apple's website, and it will vary from game to game, but games that were marginally playable on the 2011 will likely be better on the 2012.

    As for the CPU performance, it is definitely better. However, it isn't anywhere near as big a leap as the jump from Core 2 Duo to Sandy Bridge i5/i7 was last year. To put it into perspective, the slowest i5 this year is about as fast as the i7 was last year. Next year's version should offer a bigger CPU boost, as Intel is introducing a new CPU micro architecture. Ivy Bridge is mostly a refinement of the Sandy Bridge chips.
     
  4. lannisters4life macrumors 6502

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    USB3 is also a significant boost considering how expensive Thunderbolt external drives are at the moment. If you're a legit gamer I'd say don't go for the MBA, spend a bit more for a 15" MBP, it would make such a significant difference.
     

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