Will the new MBA 13" i7 cope?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by vat, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. vat, Jul 22, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2011

    vat macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2007
    Hi all,

    I ask quite a bit from my computers, on a typical day I'll have like 15 safari tabs open, Adobe Flash builder, Adobe Photoshop, TextMate, Mail, itunes and maybe Lightroom open. I don't like to have to wait when switching programs and I also don't like closing programs :). I kinda do a lot of stuff at the same time and I like it that way.

    My questions is, from your experience so far with the new 13" i7 MBA (or i5), can it cope with that sort of working style?

    Thanks a lot, I am really thinking hard on that one...
  2. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Your biggest issue is going to be the 4GB max memory from your usage, not the i7 processor. That's not a lot of memory to spread between a lot of heavy apps.
  3. vat thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2007
    Yes, you'r right, I am hopping that the SDD will be fast enough to quickly load back swap.

    Have anyone had a try with a harsh level of multitasking? Those geekbench numbers are not substitute for real human experience...

    Many thanks.
  4. LeakedDave macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2011
    Blegh. The 2010 core 2 duo model could do this. At least the 2.13ghz 4gb ram one. And the 2011 is substantially better. So.... Yes. And I run Parallels all the time too.
  5. activ8 macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2011
    I think it'll be fine. I have an i7 and run several apps at the same time which include Xcode and Photoshop. Both are memory hogs, about 1gb each, and 1gb swap used a lot of the times. It still runs fast. Photoshop sucks at memory garbage collection though.

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