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  • Old Macbook Pro vs new Macbook Air

     Nico Jones updated 10 years, 11 months ago 39,244 Members · 2 Posts
  • Nico Jones

    July 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Hello all,

    I currently have an old Macbook Pro, which I barely use any more for AE work. I’m thinking of getting one of those new MAcbook Airs, because portability is a bigger factor than power for at the moment.

    However I’d still like to be able to do a spot of AE work on the Air if I get one. So my question to the tech-gurus is: my existing Macbook is a 2.4 GHz Core Duo. How would a new Macbook Air 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 stack up against that performance-wise? 4GB of RAM in both.

    I know 2.4 GHz is more than 1.7GHz, but I wasn’t sure if that was an accurate reflection of performance any more. And i presume the SSD will make things a little nippier anyway.



  • Nico Jones

    July 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Ah yes of course. Thanks for the reply. Render speed isn’t a dealbreaker really. I’d primarily use it for prep work or personal stuff, not hardcore HD epics. My MB Pro as it is isn’t great for rendering.

    I suppose I was just looking for a general point of view as to the suitabilty of the new Airs for AE work. If they can handle moderate projects but take an age to render, I could probably live with that.

    I know the early Airs were barely able to do anything; just wanted to see if the speed increases since then have made much of a difference…

    Nico J BB

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