will i notice difference between 1.6 and 1.86?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by heliocentric, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. heliocentric Guest

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    hi im looking into buying a macbook air and was just wondering if their is much difference in performance between the 2 cpu options when used with the sata hard drive?

    also any advice to consider before buying a rev 2 macbook air would be great

    thanks
     
  2. zer0tails macrumors 65816

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    I doubt you'll notice the difference between cpu/processors 1.6 to 1.86

    However, what you'll definitely notice is the difference in speed between the HDD and SSD
     
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    The difference in speed is negligible. Save yourself the $200.
     
  4. heliocentric thread starter Guest

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    i am going from an old 2.4ghz macbook

    the speed difference wont be to painfull with a 1.6ghz will it?

    considering the faster front side bus of the macbook air and fast ddr3 ram...
     
  5. danrel macrumors member

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    I don't think the speed difference will be painful at all really. I'm typing on a Rev A 1.6GHz MacBook Air and my last laptop was a 2.5GHz MacBook Pro with 4GB of memory. To be quite honest, I don't really notice that much of a difference in speed, besides opening programs. If you intend on using Photoshop or Illustrator for extended periods of time, I wouldn't suggest that, but if your using a Rev B Air with the much faster GPU in it(compared to mine) then you should be able to get away with more.

    Hope this helps,

    -danrel
     
  6. heliocentric thread starter Guest

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    oh yeah i forgot about the better gpu!

    might be even able to do some light gaming
     
  7. kvasir macrumors regular

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    I'm with danrel on this one. I'm on the $999 MBA 1.6 and I had a 1.83 CD MBP. I don't notice much of a difference in speed at all. I do notice that some programs take longer to load, but web browsing, word processing, and iPhoto work are mostly the same. The disk slows you down, but honestly, I love it.

    Plus the screen is magnificent. It kicks my MBP screen's rear. Save the cash.
     
  8. heliocentric thread starter Guest

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    cool

    also how loud this the fan on the macbook air rev b?

    same as a macbook? quieter?

    thanks
     
  9. Mactagonist macrumors 6502a

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    It can get loud if you are running something intensive or using it in a place with poor ventilation. (IE a bed)

    But I am using it on my lap now for browsing and it is at 2499rpm and is completely silent.
     
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