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Hey guys, so i just read that there are some new macbook airs coming out pretty soon with the new sandy bridge processors. From what i heard they seem to be using the integrated gpu in the SB vs C2D with a nvidia 320m, how would the two compare?

I currently i got the latest gen macbook air (2.13ghz 4gb) and kinda wondering if i maybe made a bad choice in not waiting the extra 6 months?

Thanks for the help!
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Well with the integrated graphics, you can't do as much as say your 320M. Have to see what SB processors are available to the Air though.
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I'm assuming they'll be better, but I would doubt they'd be leaps and bounds better. For my needs though, I think the SB's will be better -- and if they're not, I'll probably get a better deal on the current-gen ones.
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It's going to be a massive increase in performance since they're skipping a generation, there will also be an increase in graphics performance.

**Not saying this because I have any insider information, but just going off of what is logical.
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post #5 of 19
Well what do you do with the laptop? If just browsing OCN, then obviously not.
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Originally Posted by NuclearSlurpee View Post
Well with the integrated graphics, you can't do as much as say your 320M. Have to see what SB processors are available to the Air though.
yeahh thats true .. i guess i was under the impression that everything about the new macbook air is going to trump the last one 10 times over at least how editors/reporters are talking about it. Although i would expect SB to have longer battery life (lower clock) and more processing power (i would think?). Surprising though that the 2nd gen hasnt been out a year yet and they are already planning on a revamp

anyways +rep

Edit: got ninjaed by 4 posts... @___@


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Well what do you do with the laptop? If just browsing OCN, then obviously not.
i just use it for notes in class, web browsing, movies videos etc.. desktop is for the gaming, video editing/riping and such.
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It should be a massive upgrade. Sandy bridge compared to a C2D is like going from a single core pentium 4 to an i5.

Maybe not quite that much, but still massive none the less. The graphics performance should also be matched or even possibly improved on. They will also cause less heat and allow for an even longer battery not that the macs need it.

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as far as graphics go, you can pretty much count on Apple not to downgrade you any noticeable amount (in terms of what the lappy is designed for)

For instance the Core2Duo 13" macbook pro had a GT320 in it, and the intel graphics they use now that sandy bridge is out are technically a slight amount slower, but you'd never notice in real life usage, and the processor more than makes up for it, even in games.

Now with the super low voltage the GT320 in the MBA was running, I doubt there will be any kind of downgrade going to integrated graphics.
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I'm assuming they'll be better, but I would doubt they'd be leaps and bounds better. For my needs though, I think the SB's will be better -- and if they're not, I'll probably get a better deal on the current-gen ones.
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It's going to be a massive increase in performance since they're skipping a generation, there will also be an increase in graphics performance.

**Not saying this because I have any insider information, but just going off of what is logical.
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Originally Posted by hellboy_101 View Post
It should be a massive upgrade. Sandy bridge compared to a C2D is like going from a single core pentium 4 to an i5.

Maybe not quite that much, but still massive none the less. The graphics performance should also be matched or even possibly improved on. They will also cause less heat and allow for an even longer battery not that the macs need it.

My 2 cents.
Dang it! >_>

by the sounds of it there might not have been one advantage to the c2d model *sigh*
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Dang it! >_>

by the sounds of it there might not have been one advantage to the c2d model *sigh*
If it helps, just remember apple do a 12 month refresh cycle. So the latest will always be beaten in 6-12 months.

My C2D MBP is still going after 3 years. It still does everything I need. I have my desktop PC for the latest and greatest. I wouldn't worry about it. Upgrade next year once the really good stuff hits

(Bad spelling and grammar, I'm at work. Don't judge)
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