Please help me decide, MBA i7 vs. i5

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jeme, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. jeme macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2009
    I am having trouble finding a comparison of the two in regards to heat and battery life in the new MBA. I will be doing your standard browsing, some email and simple word and excel and some very minor photo editing.

    Thoughts? Thanks in advance for the help.
  2. jeme thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2009
  3. FusionZero macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2011
    If that's all you're doing you really don't need the extra processor. If you did more heavy video editing/photo editing on a consistent basis you would probably be better served.

    But if you're doing standard use (which from your list you are) you're probably better served with the i5. You may end up seeing better battery life out of it, too.
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    For the kind of usage you describe, the Core i5 would be more than adequate and should serve you well for a long time. It will also get better battery life. Remember, we were all doing those same tasks you describe on Pentiums or PowerPCs a few years ago. Sure, software has gotten more complicated to take advantage of that processing power, but the Sandy Bridge is a brand new design (sort of like what the Core 2 Duo was in 2007), and should be "current" for the next few years. Ivy Bridge is only a minor update (sort of like the early Core 2 Duo vs the later models).
  5. trondah macrumors 6502

    Dec 1, 2008
    I'll do a lot more than that and settled on the i5. According to the Geekbench score you could compare it to a C2D 3.2 GHz in terms of raw power. Combined with an SSD and Lion it should be blazing fast for your purposes.
  6. drewyboy macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2005
    I'm still having a difficult time figuring out why ppl would go for the i7. I'm not trying to tell anyone how to spend their money, but for .1GHz more and 1MB cache extra. I only honestly see the cache doing something, because thinking about it, 4 virtual core, each 1MB rather than .75MB. 33% increase of cache per core. I know it's not how it technically works, but it helps separate things to look at it like that.
  7. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
  8. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    On the 11" it's not .1 ghz more. When turbo boost is enabled (when you are actually using the processor) there is a 600mhz difference (2.3 v 2.9) alongside the extra 1mb cache - means if you are doing more than light work on the machine the extra boost will certainly be felt.
  9. SaintsMac macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2009
    I like your explanation!
  10. Kingcodez macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2009
    You sold me on it.
  11. Oppressed macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    Don't forget the ability to fry an egg on the keyboard as well.
  12. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    Take it from me. I own both. Mine is the i7 and hers is the i5. Do I see a difference in speed? HECK NO! I've yet to do heavy work on the i7. But the iTunes, web, mail and photo edits I've done so far - I've yet to see a difference in speed. Maybe if I did some heavy 3D work or games I might get a benefit. But for daily task I just mentioned, no difference at all!
  13. Oppressed macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    Keep heat, battery power, and fan noise when choosing i7.
  14. MBABuyer macrumors regular

    May 4, 2011
    Just to let everyone know.

    Regardless of specs (I am sure the i5 is great)....the i7 is great also, don't be worried about fans or isn't an issue at all with mine. The fans come on occasionally for HD videos, but turn off once the video stops playing.

    Enjoy it!
  15. greenmountain macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2010
    Can anyone address the second half of the OP's question: battery life? How much mobility time is one likely to give up by upgrading to the i7, esp on the 11in?

    Thanks in advance.
  16. DJFriar macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2006

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