New Macbook Air to Old Macbook Pro???

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hwrdrrk, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. hwrdrrk macrumors member

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    If I switch from an a new macbook Air to a refurbished quad core macbook pro will I notice a huge speed difference, especially noting the fact that the air is a 128 SSD while the the pro is a 500 HD?

    Air:
    11-inch : 128GB
    1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    processor
    4GB memory
    128GB flash storage1
    Intel HD Graphics 3000

    Pro:
    Originally released February 2011
    15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1440-by-900 resolution
    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Intel HD Graphics 3000 and AMD Radeon HD 6490M

    Thanks in advance for your responses!

    Side question: What is our current most accurate estimate as to when new pros/airs will be released: April? June? As early as March?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Processor speed won't make much difference to most users. RAM being the same, you'll likely see a notable decrease in performance going from the SSD to a HD. Of course, you could always buy a SSD for the MBP.
     
  3. hwrdrrk thread starter macrumors member

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    But what about the Benchmarks?

    I would probably up the RAM to 8, but keep the HD.

    What does it mean then that the pro scores a: 8756
    And the Air scores a: 4608

    according to:
    http://www.primatelabs.ca/geekbench/mac-benchmarks/
     
  4. The-Pro macrumors 65816

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    Thats just the pure processing power the machine has. The more data it can calculate the higher the score will be. You probably wont notice this difference though unless you do a lot of video editing, dvd ripping or other things which are mainly dependent on the CPU performance.

    You will have a discrete graphics card in the MBP so you will have far better graphics performance than in the air. So when you play games for example, the will run much smoother.
     

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