(Video) 2011 MacBook Air Core i5 vs. 2010 MacBook Pro: Performance & Benchmarks

Arcadia310

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A lot of people here have been wondering about the performance of the new i5 MacBook Air vs. an older 2010 Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro. Well, I just so happened to have both in hand and decided to make a video for you guys! Enjoy! Feel free to request any videos you'd like to see! ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iS7pBOFz8A
 

zbarvian

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Good video. I just picked up an i7 13" MBA as well, and I'm shocked at just how zippy this thing is. It's really an awesome machine. I read that these models actually benchmarked higher than every 2010 MBP model, which is pretty unreal.
 

Arcadia310

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Good video. I just picked up an i7 13" MBA as well, and I'm shocked at just how zippy this thing is. It's really an awesome machine. I read that these models actually benchmarked higher than every 2010 MBP model, which is pretty unreal.
That's pretty crazy. I didn't how how awesome SSDs were until I got this MBA. :D

I'm thinking about taking this back and getting the i7 though. Is the performance increase noticeable?
 

FAsnakes

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Nice vid... I also have a Dual Core MBP & was considering running similar benchmarks..
Thanks,
 

zbarvian

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That's pretty crazy. I didn't how how awesome SSDs were until I got this MBA. :D

I'm thinking about taking this back and getting the i7 though. Is the performance increase noticeable?
I wouldn't know since I haven't used the i5, but the performance should be generally slightly better. Also, the GPU in the i7 model is clocked slightly higher, and there is more cache. So it should perform considerably better in demanding situations.
 

Roman2K~

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@Arcadia310
Thanks for the video, that was quite enjoyable to watch and listen to :cool:. Can you comment on fan noise differences between the two throughout the whole test suite?

I'm thinking about taking this back and getting the i7 though. Is the performance increase noticeable?
I wouldn't do that if I were you:
  • The i5 1.7 GHz (with a +1 GHz Turbo Boost ;)), to me, is the best value out of all processors in the 2011 MBA line.
  • The i7 1.8 GHz is only marginally faster, only noticeable in super intensive tasks like video encoding. Considering the substantial price difference (+$100 or +€150 [that's right, +$215] for us lucky european), I think it's not worth it at all.
  • Consider fan noise issues. From this thread, it seems the i5 runs generally cooler than the i7.


 
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Arcadia310

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@Arcadia310
Thanks for the video, that was quite enjoyable to watch and listen to :cool:. Can you comment on fan noise differences between the two throughout the whole test suite?
The MacBook Air's fans kicked in much sooner and louder than the Pro's did, but it was clearly much faster. I wonder what would happen if I stuck an SSD in the Pro. :eek:
 

haruhiko

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A lot of people here have been wondering about the performance of the new i5 MacBook Air vs. an older 2010 Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro. Well, I just so happened to have both in hand and decided to make a video for you guys! Enjoy! Feel free to request any videos you'd like to see! ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iS7pBOFz8A
A really good comparison! Anyway C2D is already two generations behind. This result should be expected but it's really impressive that a ultra portable thin laptop in 2011 can be twice as fast as a 300 pound gorilla MBP just one year ago ( or two years ago considering Apple didn't upgrade the 13-inch MBP's CPU in 2010 )
 

Adidas Addict

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Good video, but the first thing I noticed was how much better the MBP screen looked, especially the colours on your wallpaper.
 

Arcadia310

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Good video, but the first thing I noticed was how much better the MBP screen looked, especially the colours on your wallpaper.
In real life I'm finding quite the opposite. The MBA's screen has softer, more natural colors and blocks light much better. Not to mention the resolution increase is great.
 
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