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Hey guys

So currently i have the top end Macbook Air C2d 2010 model, and of course the new ones came out today. I got the mba becuase im a heavy traveler and it seemed to fit perfectly for my eeds, To be honest im kinda bummed that the new mba's came out not even a year after they refreshed it ..

Anyways i was wondering if the new one would be worth looking into or is the SB MBA pretty similar but just a bit more CPU power (and backlit)? From what i read it seems that the C2D model is really far behind.. in gpu and cpu (of course)..

or hmm.. any idea when the next one might come out (1-2 years)...

Dunno.. just really bummed out right now

Thoughts?
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The gpu isn't really better, just different. However, the cpu is better by quite a bit. You could probably fetch a good amount on ebay for your old one and get a new one for $200-500 more depending on the model you have and the model you want. One nice things about macs is they hold their value for a while.
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The gpu isn't really better, just different. However, the cpu is better by quite a bit. You could probably fetch a good amount on ebay for your old one and get a new one for $200-500 more depending on the model you have and the model you want. One nice things about macs is they hold their value for a while.
^^ This.

The 320m is maybe even a hair faster than the current graphics, but the new CPU really is twice as fast. It's faster even than the 1st gen i7s in the 15 and 17 macbook pros (rumors that I've heard, haven't tested myself, but I believe them because sandy bridge is amazing).

I think you can easily sell your current one and upgrade for... well, $200-500, more depending on the model you have and the model you want.

Basically, I can't improve upon Redmustang's post, so I say +1.
Edited by un1b4ll - 7/20/11 at 9:07pm
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I bought the new Macbook Air today and its pretty awesome. I haven't used it to much yet but I would definitely hold off a couple days - mine hit 95C watching Netflix earlier which is pretty worrisome to me.. maybe see if anyone else has similar issues.

I have a 13" base model.
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I bought the new Macbook Air today and its pretty awesome. I haven't used it to much yet but I would definitely hold off a couple days - mine hit 95C watching Netflix earlier which is pretty worrisome to me.. maybe see if anyone else has similar issues.

I have a 13" base model.
This is how macbooks work, its normal. If you change out the TIM for some AS5 you will see a couple degree drop.

Ive always called my MBP's chestnut roasters, never game or watch movies with a macbook in your lap your will not be able to have kids.
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This is how macbooks work, its normal. If you change out the TIM for some AS5 you will see a couple degree drop.

Ive always called my MBP's chestnut roasters, never game or watch movies with a macbook in your lap your will not be able to have kids.
My 15" MBP would never hit 95C even when not on the onboard GPU man! 95C just from watching some non-HD Netflix doesn't seem right.
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The gpu isn't really better, just different. However, the cpu is better by quite a bit. You could probably fetch a good amount on ebay for your old one and get a new one for $200-500 more depending on the model you have and the model you want. One nice things about macs is they hold their value for a while.
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^^ This.

The 320m is maybe even a hair faster than the current graphics, but the new CPU really is twice as fast. It's faster even than the 1st gen i7s in the 15 and 17 macbook pros (rumors that I've heard, haven't tested myself, but I believe them because sandy bridge is amazing).

I think you can easily sell your current one and upgrade for... well, $200-500, more depending on the model you have and the model you want.

Basically, I can't improve upon Redmustang's post, so I say +1.
Ah okay very good info guys, i talked to my GF and she doesnt want me to sell my current macbook air since we dont use it for anything above web browsing and music (other things, thats what the desktop is for ) but maybe ill wait till the next gen before i get a new macbook

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Originally Posted by Lyfskills View Post
I bought the new Macbook Air today and its pretty awesome. I haven't used it to much yet but I would definitely hold off a couple days - mine hit 95C watching Netflix earlier which is pretty worrisome to me.. maybe see if anyone else has similar issues.

I have a 13" base model.
Yeahh, from what i hear the design is similar (not exactly the same) internally to the 2010 model, I went to the apple store to repair my macbook air 3-4 times because of a fan issue and a mobo issue (heres the thread on that).

But the macbook they use hulu streaming as a benchmark to stress test macbook airs since it uses flash Player but i steam netflix all day on my last macbook air (had it since the first day the second MBA revision came out) and never had an issue with it (even when i had a faulty mobo). So i wouldnt worry about it.

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Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
This is how macbooks work, its normal. If you change out the TIM for some AS5 you will see a couple degree drop.

Ive always called my MBP's chestnut roasters, never game or watch movies with a macbook in your lap your will not be able to have kids.
:O i swear the unibody is almost like a flatplate stove top sometimes >_>

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My 15" MBP would never hit 95C even when not on the onboard GPU man! 95C just from watching some non-HD Netflix doesn't seem right.
macboook pros have better cooling (at least from when i took apart my macbook pro 2008 model) in comparason to what i saw of a macbook air tear down
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I'll never understand those who are surprised when Apple releases new products. If you're savvy with the Internet, then it's easy to know the yearly cycle that they're refreshed; give or take a month in some cases.

And for the post that mentioned how hot their new MBA was running: if you were watching Flash-related content or had Flash-related content running somewhere, this is probably the cause: http://www.macrumors.com/2011/07/21/...-in-os-x-lion/

EDIT: Adobe withdrew that claim about Hardware Acceleration - http://www.macrumors.com/2011/07/22/...-acceleration/
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I'll never understand those who are surprised when Apple releases new products. If you're savvy with the Internet, then it's easy to know the yearly cycle that they're refreshed; give or take a month in some cases.

And for the post that mentioned how hot their new MBA was running: if you were watching Flash-related content or had Flash-related content running somewhere, this is probably the cause: http://www.macrumors.com/2011/07/21/...-in-os-x-lion/
=\\ usually i keep up with apple news and such, but i didnt expect them to come up with a pretty big overhaul after 8 months (according to what my warranty states) after it had just been updated. even asked ppl on ocn the first week it came out if there would be SB version anytime soon and they though it would be over a year, so i wouldn't be the only one that didnt expect it at the time

But i didnt buy the macbook air last month.. i bought it in October~November 2010 ; apple gave me a new replacement last month, since the one i had originally ordered had a voltage problem on the motherboard

rumors have been around for 3-4 months (i believe one of the first was in January) of a SB model But from what i noticed from Wikipedia and cnet apple does minor revisions every 6-12 months (usually faster processor but still same family, add ram to gpu etc) and about 16-24 months they do an overhaul on their laptops.
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