Next MBA with Sandy Bridge Pros & Cons?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MacFever, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. MacFever macrumors regular


    Feb 1, 2007

    I figured we could analyze and break down the Cons and Pros of having a Sandy Bridge chipset over the current C2Duo ones.

    Add anything I might be missing...

    Sandy Bridge vs Core2Duo (current)


    - Faster Processors

    - GPU maybe be roughly the same peformance as the currently Nvidia ones.

    - Thunderbolt :D (that is a great add-on for this ultraportable with minimal data ports on it. There are quite a few external devices already coming out with Thunderbolt conectivity like LaCie.

    - 4gb Standard and 8 GB Ram optional ?? that would be cool :D


    - will they run hotter and noiser? :( Big Factor with these ultra thin machines..some report the new Feb. 2011 MBPros with the Sandy Bridge are running hotter than previous generation.

    - lesser performing GPU?

    - Speculation around Macrumors that it could be a slower overall performance in OSX

    Do we really have to wait to June??....come on Apple pull the trigger for April/May with Mac Mini, Macbook, Classic Ipod etc.. Most hardware manufacturers usually switch to new internals as soon as they are capable to to stay competitive.

    What say you Macrumors Fans? I would personally like to see

    Thunderbolt option, optional 8gb ram....that's the only thing holding me back from pulling the trigger of getting a 13" one now.....I don't like laptops that burn my lap though if they go with the SB chips.:rolleyes:
  2. Gruber macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2009
    The specs will probably be comparable to the 13in MBP. If that is true, we will not see the giant speed boost that happened for the 15in MBPs, but only a slight increment. There is little reason to do it before summer.

    Apple has left some room for differentiation by limiting the sizes of the SSDs. Perhaps that will be part of an argument to make us upgrade.

    So my best bet would be: get an MBA now, and throw in an SSD from OWC if you are not good with 128MB. The next reasonable upgrade will be next year.

    But I might be wrong - this is only an educated guess.
  3. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2010
    Reports are the GPU in the new MBP's runs hot, when it's being used.

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