Paying for 1.8 GHz over 1.6 GHz

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by NewGenAdam, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. NewGenAdam macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    Is there any point in paying £190 = $380 for an extra 0.2 GHz processing power? As is, the lower end MBA is already almost at the top of my budget.
    Would investing that bit more really pay off?
  2. trentiles macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2008
    Washington DC
    I don't think it's worth it. It's such a small bump in speed.
  3. nintendude macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2008
    definitely not thats almost double the price for upgrade in the US
  4. Cyburnclassic macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2008
    Cambridge (UNI), London (Home)
    isnt it techinally 0.4Ghz more as its Core 2 Duo

    1.6Ghz Core 2 Duo = 3.2Ghz
    1.8Ghz Core 2 Duo = 3.6Ghz
  5. NewGenAdam thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    Ooh, maybe! I don't get the maths of dual core processors though. I don't know how a difference in GHz would relate to a difference in performance. Or power needed.
  6. NewGenAdam thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    Yes, we pay a double price premium for no apparent reason, here in the UK.
  7. ScottFitz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2007
    I'd say not worth it, based upon my user profile (road machine that only uses internet, spreadsheets, word proc., customer database stuff).

    This 1.6 mba is way snappier than my 17" white imac core 2 duo 2.0ghz w/ the same amount of ram (2 gb).
  8. rom macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2006
    Check again. Apple reduced the cost of 1.6 to 1.8 upgrade by USD100.
  9. MooCow macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2007
    just wow...
  10. iSpoody 1243 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    its funny how people think this is the way dual core processors work.
    its to hard to explain but in the end you will only get a 200mhz increase in performance, you might see the 400mhz if you are doing heavy multitasking, such as vmware fusion with photoshop.
  11. MatthewStorm macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2003
    Chapel Hill
    I paid the extra for the 1.8 andim glad I did. This pup is snappy!
  12. nintendude macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2008
    do you mean the CTO option or the SSD Model cause if you choose b, the SSD is the main reason

    as mentioned in past threads .2 ghz really doesn't make a noticeable difference
  13. teh0ne macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2008
    I have a 1.8GHz HDD Air. Originally it was a 1.6 and really there is no noticeable performance difference for everyday tasks. It's possible that during more CPU intensive activities (rendering video, encoding, etc) you'd notice a difference but IMO the difference would be negligible.

    As mentioned earlier, if you're going with the 1.8GHz, the performance difference is almost entirely due to the SSD rather than the marginal CPU upgrade.
  14. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    Most people won't notice the difference. So use the money for something else.
  15. NewGenAdam thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    NICE you're right ^_^ . Well, it's gone down by £50 = $100 so yay!
    But is this a sign that the Air/MacBooks are about to sign changes, or is it a sign that they're not planning on changing anything?
  16. idyll macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    I've used both, and depite the 1.8GHz having the SSD there was very little difference performance-wise between the two... I'd get the 1.6GHz model (if you are set on the MBA, personally I'd rather get a MBP) and use the rest of the money on something else.
  17. Tom B. macrumors 65816

    Tom B.

    Mar 22, 2006
    It probably won't make much of a difference on your decision, but the upgrade to the 1.8GHz processor had just dropped from £190 to £130, as expected.

    The SSD has also dropped from £699 to £389.

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