Originally Posted by born2bwild
I disagree. I have a friend who has the 2010 MBA (Macbook Air) with a Core 2 Duo and a Samsung SSD, and I have the 2011 model with the Intel SB ULV and a very smiliar Samsung SSD. Everything in the computers is affected by the CPU difference. Mine boots faster, loads pages faster, opens applications and files faster, encodes music and videos to iPod much
faster, is quicker at installing, updating and etc. All things that are very commonly done by your everyday user.
Those saying that CPU peformance doesn't matter in everyday applications are in denial. Maybe with an HHD the differences are not seen so clearly, but with an SSD, they are very very easily seen.
At this time, GPU performance will only interest gamers, and while Trinity will be excellent for that, its uses as a consumer laptop will be low as heavy gaming on PC (let alone an ultraportable laptop) is pretty far from the desirable mainstream consumer market. And let's face it for light gaming, the Intel SB and IB ULV handle things just well.
I'm sorry, but even with an SSD I'm yet to notice the difference between two CPUs in the stuff you've mentioned...Especially since there's differing hardware other than the CPU in both, all of that could come down to the RAM being accessed through the FSB on the 2010 model and the IMC on yours, there's way too many other differences to really say it's definitely the CPU causing yours to be faster. Which may or may not be a placebo, unless you're actively timing it. You'd also need to have the exact same OS version and programs installed for it to be a fair comparison. Your SSD may also be faster, even if it is the exact same hardware due to newer firmware being optimised for more realistic use. It might also be due to OS X's BSD origins vs Windows' NT origins? Still, there's way too many variables to say that it'd be the CPU that is his bottleneck.