New MB vs MBA Ultimate

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by driphone, May 16, 2015.

  1. driphone macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2008
    Hi everyone,

    I have an 11" mid 2011 MBA Ultimate i7, 4 GB RAM, 256 GB HD. I picked up the 1.2 GHz, 8 BG RAM, 512 GB HD new MB. I really love the "thinner than Air" form factor, the beautiful Retina display and the powerful built in speakers (always hated the weak MBA speakers).

    My question is the following. Is my 4 yr old dependable MBA still faster than this new MB? Considering this is a $1600 machine, should I just wait for either the Retina MBA or a more robust MB?

  2. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
  3. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000


    Mar 19, 2011
    Trollhättan, Sweden
    Nope. I had/have the exact same 2011 11" MBA as you. It is around 2475/4900 in the Geekbench single/multicore scores.

    The MB with the 5Y51 you picked up gets around 2600/5375 on the same benchmarks.
  4. drjsway macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2009
    Plus a much faster GPU. The 2011 was the first year of Intel GPUs and wasn't faster than the 2010.
  5. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    I doubt there will ever be a rMBA. Also, the rMB likely has faster storage than your old Air. So it has a faster CPU, GPU, and SSD.
  6. danielwerner macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2012
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I agree. I think Apples strategy is to have only the Macbook and the Macbook Pro.
  7. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    In a few years, that'll be great.
  8. J.C macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2008
    I have the same two machines and the old MBA feels faster for everything. Simple things like scrolling in a browser, selecting text, click and drag, opening and closing browser tabs etc all feel like utter garbage on the new MacBook. It's infuriating to use and I'm not sure I can wait for a fix.
  9. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    The performance is probably very close, but the rMB is driving a retina display and the 2011 is pushing a lot less pixels.
  10. driphone, May 18, 2015
    Last edited: May 18, 2015

    driphone thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2008
    I appreciate everyone's comments. It appears that the new MB will be an overall improvement over my MBA which means I'll keep it and pass the MBA to my son.


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