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Thread: old i7 vs. new i5?
12-22-2018, 05:57 AM #1
old i7 vs. new i5?
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- Nov 13, 2007
Hi. My understanding of CPUs is somewhat lacking.
I have a mid-2012 MacBook Pro with a 2.9GHz Core i7. Would the new MacBook Airís 1.6GHz Core i5 be an upgrade or a downgrade from that?
Thanks for any help.
- 12-22-2018, 07:22 AM #2
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- May 20, 2008
- Your Mac's Specs
- 2011 17" MBP 2.2ghz, 16gig ram, OS 10.11.6
Just for clarity...there were two 2012 MacBook Pro model releases:
- Mid-2012 models
- Retina 2012 models
You have a "Retina 2012" MacBook Pro.
Regarding the Retina 2012 2.9 GHz MacBook Pro vs. 2018 1.6 GHz MacBook Air:
- CPU benchmarks are one way to compare. The 2010 Retina MacBook Pro has a CPU benchmark score of 6508 vs. 7379 for the 2018 MacBook Air. So a bit of an upgrade there.
- Then there's the difference in graphics hardware. The graphics hardware on the MacBook Air is at least 3 generations newer than the 2012 Retina MacBook Pro. This is probably the biggest difference between the two models.
- MacBook Air is slimmer & lighter.
- Both have a retina display.
- 2018 MacBook Air probably has a few more newer "bells & whistles" since it's 6 years newer than the 2012 Retina MacBook Pro.
12-22-2018, 03:00 PM #3I have a mid-2012 MacBook Pro with a 2.9GHz Core i7. Would the new MacBook Air’s 1.6GHz Core i5 be an upgrade or a downgrade from that?
Just to add to Nick's comment, everymac.com should have a listing somewhere of the differences, but at least the specs and speed and capabilities.
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