Which 11" MBA ?? - Early 2014 or early 2015 ??

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  1. igmolinav, Mar 13, 2015
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    igmolinav macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    Apple has updated the 11" MBA.
    I always thought that when Apple
    updated its model, I would buy
    the earlier model, (2014), at a
    lower price. However, would it
    make sense to buy the newer
    model? I am getting quite a good
    price on the older model, ($760).
    What would you do? Why would
    you lean towards one or the other
    model?

    I have an early 2011 MacBook Pro
    with 2.3 GHz and Intel core i5
    with 4 GB of RAM. How does any
    of the two MBAs compare to this
    MBP with regard to performance?
    Is there much difference in perfor-
    mance between the 13" MBP and
    the 2015 11" MBA?

    THank you, kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
     
  2. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    Either model will show a significant gain in performance especially if your old machine still has a standard hard drive and not an ssd. Even though the processor clock speed is less than your old machine and the ram is the same, the more efficient processor and ram will make a huge difference. The pcie ssd will blow you away as well.

    As far as 2014 vs 2015, it's all up to you. Do you have to have a new model? If not, you might consider looking for a refurbished or even used 2013 model. It is literally the same model as the 2014 except the .01ghz speed increase which you would never be able to notice. If that's not an option, I'd go with the 2014 model.
     
  3. tmarks11, Mar 13, 2015
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    $760 for 2014 vs. $900 for a 2015?

    So what is the $140 buying you?
    1. An extra year of battery life (worth $25).
    2. Probably about 10% longer battery life (that is what Broadwell really gets you).
    3. <5% performance increase... although with the lower heat output of the CPU, you might end up with less thermal throttling under load = even better performance. The Haswell->Broadwell was mostly about shrinking the die size, giving better battery life, not improving performance.
    4. GPU is noticeably faster, so if you do anything graphics intensive... which I don't.

    I (personally) would buy the new one. I keep my laptops forever, and a year newer means a year longer until EOL. I currently have a 2011 and 2012 MB that see daily use and are going strong.
     
  4. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    I was thinking about the same conflict. Really cheap deal on 2014 Air and sell my 2010, or get the 2015 and sell my 2010.

    The intel graphics is the biggest difference I guess?

    So...how much better is Intel 6000 versus Intel 5000?
     
  5. newellj macrumors 601

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    I posted the following in another thread. I'm not really wowed by the difference:

     
  6. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    Thank you for your messages : ) !!!

    Yes, it is the graphics question. At
    the moment I am not using graphics
    so strongly. Is the 2015 MBA stron-
    ger with graphics than my 13" 2.3 GHz
    MBP ??

    Kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
     
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  8. Appurushido macrumors member

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    Personally I would get the 2015 MBA. As tmarks mentioned, less wear and tear with the newer model. Especially when it comes to the battery life.

    I'm not sure where you are from, but if you are in the US, look out for Apple deals at BestBuy. I picked up a brand new 11" MBA (early 2015) for $699. $100 off from an Apple sale they had, and an extra $100 off on education pricing. Not bad at all.

    Although it was only a base model, its perfect for my needs. Especially the size. I've owned an iPhone and an iPad for several years, and this is my first Apple computer (OS X product). If I were you, I would dish out the extra $140, if money isn't a factor.

    Hope this helps on your decision. Cheers!
     
  9. poematik13 macrumors 6502a

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    Wrong, the 2015's have thunderbolt 2, better SSD, and much faster graphics
     
  10. EdwardC macrumors regular

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    Just bought a 11.6 / 1.4 / 128g air from Microcenter. $699.00 new in the box!!
     
  11. Appurushido macrumors member

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    Got mine for the same price, but at Bestbuy. Sweet deal and sweet little computer.
     
  12. Melrose Suspended

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    Go for a 2015. It has 4 channel PCIe which is a major improvement in R/W speeds. :)

    = the biggest reason why I went with the 13". I love the tiny size of the 11" but can't justify the tradeoff in speed.
     
  13. motrek macrumors 68020

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    What do you read or write that anything over 400 MB/s makes a noticeable difference???
     
  14. MacBoook160 macrumors 6502

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    I'm curious as to what igmolinav ended up purchasing!

    And, out of curiosity, in any particular model year, how much of a difference is there between i5 and i7 for the average user?
     
  15. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Re: i5 and i7: hardly any. The chips are 99% the same. Basically the only difference is clock speed, with the i7 models running a few 100MHz faster. So the performance difference is a small percentage, maybe around 10-20%. Almost certainly not noticeable to typical users doing typical things.
     
  16. MacBoook160 macrumors 6502

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    Oh, poor motrek. Aren't you sick of having to respond to my questions? I'm getting ready to pull the trigger as it seems the 2015s are starting to come into the refurbished market, so I'm finalizing my would-like-to-have vs. must-have list. All right, maybe I'm taking planning a bit too far. :-D
     
  17. motrek macrumors 68020

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    LOL. I'm sure you'll be happy with whatever you get... basically any 2013 MBA or more recent is an excellent machine.

    I know what it's like to be excited about an upcoming purchase. I just found a rack-mounted server on eBay from 2010 that has 24 CPU cores for only $200. Should be arriving middle of next week. The anticipation is nearly killing me. :)
     
  18. MacBoook160 macrumors 6502

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    I'm surprised that I haven't sprained my "refresh" fingers yet. I tend to buy electronica infrequently, but what I get generally lasts me for a long time. My poor iPhone 5 is losing battery power fast these days!

    Congratulations, and enjoy!
     
  19. Melrose, Jun 19, 2015
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    I bought what I wanted. No offense but four question marks just seems a bit.... ____

    At any rate, if you'd bother to read reviews you'd know there is a discernible difference.
     
  20. motrek macrumors 68020

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    I just googled for 2015 13" MBA reviews and can't find any with benchmarks. Maybe you could help with a link.
     
  21. newellj macrumors 601

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    The Ars review had a pile of benchmarks.
     
  22. Splitbolt macrumors regular

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    He only posted 3 questions marks. Lying about what someone posts just seems a bit.... ____

    Anyway, you said there are "major improvement in R/W speeds" and that's why you went with the 13", because you can't justify the tradeoff in speed. But the truth is that there is no noticeable difference, none. I feel sympathy for you since you've been mislead, but please don't continue misleading others.
     
  23. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Oh, interesting. Thanks. I hadn't seen that review before.

    But they don't have any non-synthetic benchmarks that test disk performance. Geekbench and Cinebench are all 100% CPU, Gfxbench is graphics, the battery life test obviously isn't going to show any effect of storage performance, and there is one synthetic storage performance test that shows a huge improvement, but that's what one would expect from a synthetic benchmark that only tests the exact thing that's better.

    I would be startled if I ever met anybody who could tell the difference between the drives in a real-world scenario, hence my curiosity.
     
  24. Splitbolt macrumors regular

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    This would be the same person who feels the huge bump in performance while surfing the web and reading e-mails with 8gigs of RAM.
     
  25. newellj macrumors 601

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    I couldn't agree more. I have owned the 2014 and 2015 MBA, as well as a late 2013 and early 2015 rMBP. The *only* time I have been able to tell the difference is running disk benchmarks. In real life, there are too many other system components to deal with.
     

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