What would be faster?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Monkey194545, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. Monkey194545 macrumors member

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    2011 13 inch i5 MBP with the 128gb SSD option from Apple
    -or-
    2010 13 inch 1.86 C2D MBA with 4gb of ram.

    Both (with edu pricing) come to the same exact amount.
    I know the MBA has a higher res screen and better graphics but the "pro" has the much faster i5.

    My uses are: web browsing, light photo editing, some imovie, hulu, and the occasional game (sc2, civ). Any insight would be nice! I feel a lot of people are in my position.:confused:
     
  2. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    The MacBook Pro.
     
  3. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    Yeah, I think the Macbook Pro would be the fastest.
     
  4. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    MBP+SSD of course. I almost wonder if you are joking.
     
  5. Monkey194545 thread starter macrumors member

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    No, actually I'm not joking. According to cnet, the 13 mbp can't even play Civ V and can barely play COD 4. The MBA does both of these (while not with the visuals turned past high) relatively well.
     
  6. vincenz macrumors 601

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    Faster how? Processing power or games and everyday use? If you encode things, get the mbp.
     
  7. Monkey194545 thread starter macrumors member

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    less for games more for apps like imovie.
     
  8. ls1dreams macrumors 6502

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    Is this a serious question? It's only remotely close for games.

    i5 is ~ 4x faster than the c2d
    A newer 128gb SSD (buy 3rd party) will be maybe 25% faster than a MBA SSD or mroe
    The MBP gpu is maybe 10% slower than the MBA one.

    Easy game.
     
  9. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    My mistake. You're completely right.

    It used to be that the Macbook always had lame graphics and the MacBook Pro always had dedicated graphics. I keep forgetting that there is now a Macbook "Pro" that is really just MacBook guts in an aluminum case.
     

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