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Barefeats Shootout: MacBook Air Vs. MacBook Pro
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 9 comments

Barefeats has released a new performance comparison test, this time examining the differences between a 15" MacBook Pro 2.6GHz "Penryn" and a 13" MacBook Air 1.8GHz. The test compares the speed of the two machines using a variety of programs including several game tests.

As you can see, though the MacBook Air costs more, it is way behind the MacBook Pro 2.6 in performance. I know it's thinner and lighter but if you think the two are in any way close in performance, you are mistaken. Not only is the CPU in the MacBook Pro much faster but the graphics processor (GPU) is also much faster.

I don't just mean that the MBP runs games faster. Take a look at the last graph above. That's the speed at which both laptops render Core Image effects. The MacBook Pro is 7.5 times faster. Being addicted to speed, that was the last straw for me. Thin might be "in" but speed is what I crave.

But the distinctions are more than about speed. For example, when I ran the Halo benchmark, I realized that there were was no support in the MacBook Air's integrated GMA X1300 for advanced shaders such as transparency and reflectivity.
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Barefeats: MacBook Pro Vs MacBook Air
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