MBP i5 2.3Ghz or wait for MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Pyrophor2011, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. Pyrophor2011 macrumors member

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    The current MBA's are too underpowered for me but the MBP i5 is good enough. Is it likely that the new MBA's supposedly coming out this month would be anything near as good as the current MBP i5?

    I know the rumor is that the MBA will be ULV and therefore a small upgrade from the current model. That situation would most likely still leave me needing more power.
     
  2. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

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    Get the MBP. It seems like that CPU will help you more than the MBA.
     
  3. reputationZed macrumors 65816

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    hard to say without knowing more about how you will use it and how you weigh portability against power
     
  4. Rend It macrumors 6502

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    I have the 13" MBP i5 2.3 GHz. But, I added a 128 GB SSD. It's an amazing machine. I've run parallelized MATLAB scripts that utilize all four virtual cores, and they run in less than half the time of an iMac 3.06 GHz C2D. The SSD makes a profound difference in the overall responsiveness.

    If you can afford it, go MBP + SSD.
     
  5. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    I'm wondering this myself man, the Air's got a real appeal about it.

    I'm going to wait until AnandTech and Geekbench have got hold of the new models before making a decision. I love the 13 MBPs also, but the thought of carting it between towns for Uni compared to the weight of the MBA is making me think that I should wait a couple of weeks more.

    That said, it wouldn't be a primary comp for me, so I don't know whether that's a consideration for you.
     
  6. islanders macrumors 6502

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    Those are my two choices also. The MBP 13 is very tempting. The screen resolution and SSD is the only reason I'm holding out for the Air.
     
  7. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

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    Add a ssd to the MBP. That will make it faster than the MBA.
     
  8. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    Screen resolution still takes a hit on the MBP though, unless you trade up to the 15".
     
  9. islanders macrumors 6502

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    I ordered the MBP 13 base i5 at a nice discount from the Apple Store.

    As long as I'm ok with the resolution that looked fine at the Apple Store, the MBP will be just right for me.

    The rep was really cool and assured me I could send it back if it isn't right for me. Can't go wrong with that. :apple:
     
  10. 42streetsdown macrumors 6502a

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    You're gonna have to pay $1,699.00 or $1,799.00(depending on if they offer 4GB RAM standard) to get a MBA comparable in specs to the current base MBP 13in for $1199. I think we'll be seeing the Intel® Core™ i7-2649M in the highest prices 13in MBA it has a clock speed of 2.3 GHz
     
  11. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    If a 2.3 i5 is only good enough for you, not overkill, why would you consider a machine that is likely to have about 2/3 of the raw performance?
     
  12. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

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    Not to mention you would have to buy a $450-550 third party ssd to match the MBA.
     
  13. Monkeychemist macrumors member

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    Lies! The MBA has been optimized for SSD technology so it will still be faster. I remember a website comparing the MBA vs 15" MBP with a sandforce SSD (which is way faster than Apple's SSD) and the MBA won across the board.

    Now, I'm just being super nitpicky because it was something like 14.1s MBA to 15.3 MPB startup, 1.0s MBA to 1.5s MBP wake, etc... but still, the point is that MBA will always be faster because MBP is optimized for HDD and now SSD
     
  14. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

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    Can you please provide your research that proves this?
     
  15. Monkeychemist macrumors member

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    Sure, here it is: http://www.anandtech.com/show/3991/apples-2010-macbook-air-11-13inch-reviewed/4

    ...and just to be clear (since internet does not portray emotions) I was just being a smartass, I wasn't seriously being a jerk. In fact, I don't know too much about the technical aspects, I've just done a lot of research lately when trying to figure out what my ideal mac would be.
     
  16. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    No the CPU will be weaker. But are you sure you need so much CPU power?

    With the Kingston V+ 100 in my MBP 2011 i5 I also get 14 seconds boots. So it's not really the MBA vs. MBP that's making the difference.
     
  17. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

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    No offense taken at all. But that's comparing a 2010 MBP vs 2010 MBA. I think most people are in the market for the current model of MBP. This video shows the two in direct competition.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp720fEnuRs
     
  18. Monkeychemist macrumors member

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    cool video, though I wish they had compared the 13in MBA because the 11in is crippled by the slower CPU. It would have been a better comparison in my opinion.
     

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