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Re: New Macs With M1 Chips

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 6:36 pm
by Smith1776
By never purchasing warranties/apple care I figure I save enough money to afford a replacement if ever on the off chance one of my devices kicks the bucket prematurely.

Re: New Macs With M1 Chips

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:03 pm
by vnatale
Smith1776 wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:27 pm
vnatale wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:04 pm

Three or four years ago I bought for $500 this used computer with an i7 and 16GB RAM with a four output monitor video card (and I do have four monitors connected to it). What would it cost me now to buy an equivalent used Apple computer?

Vinny
4 monitors is awesome! Hehe, so I have to admit though, I really like having an odd rather than even number of monitors. I like having one monitor in the center and the same number of monitors on either side. Having an even number of monitors either means a given setup will have you staring right at the bezel between two monitors or something otherwise lopsided.
I am always using two computers. Four monitors are are on this one and two are on the other one (though one of them is hidden). Therefore, effectively, I am using an odd amount - five. When I am doing payroll for our organization I am using both computers and all five monitors. No scrolling around or opening and closing windows for me!

Vinny

Re: New Macs With M1 Chips

Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:38 pm
by Smith1776
One of my best friends just bought the Macbook Air today. 1TB and 16GB of RAM! Here it is next to a 2015 15" Macbook pro.

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Will be running some fun benchies soon.

Re: New Macs With M1 Chips

Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:14 pm
by Hal
Looking forward to the benchmarks.
Will be interesting to see how far things have progressed from 2017 :D

Still remember my Winstone 97 benchmark of 33 for a 200Mhz Pentium classic back in the dinosaur days.....

Re: New Macs With M1 Chips

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:26 pm
by Smith1776
I'm currently investigating the GPU performance delta between the low end MBA and the high end MBA. The high end machine has 8 cores active while the low end machine has 7.

People on forums have been benchmarking the different units, but I have yet to see a thorough comparison from a very reputable source. By most accounts the performance difference should be about 5 to 10%, but there's one fellow in this thread who has been clocking fairly substantial double digit performance deltas. The community seems to suspect that this is due to a difference in thermal throttling rather than the discrepancy in core count per se. It's possible that thermal throttling impacts the 7 core machine more substantially than the other.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/ho ... 457/page-2

All told, the difference in price between equally specced 7 vs 8 core machines is 50 bucks or so in most markets. I would take the 8 cores.

Re: New Macs With M1 Chips

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:52 pm
by vnatale
Smith1776 wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:26 pm
I'm currently investigating the GPU performance delta between the low end MBA and the high end MBA. The high end machine has 8 cores active while the low end machine has 7.

People on forums have been benchmarking the different units, but I have yet to see a thorough comparison from a very reputable source. By most accounts the performance difference should be about 5 to 10%, but there's one fellow in this thread who has been clocking fairly substantial double digit performance deltas. The community seems to suspect that this is due to a difference in thermal throttling rather than the discrepancy in core count per se. It's possible that thermal throttling impacts the 7 core machine more substantially than the other.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/ho ... 457/page-2

All told, the difference in price between equally specced 7 vs 8 core machines is 50 bucks or so in most markets. I would take the 8 cores.
I regularly use what I find here to make extremely quick decisions as to whether or not I want to buy a given computer. My main interest is in the actual power rating of the CPU.

https://www.cpubenchmark.net/

Vinny

Re: New Macs With M1 Chips

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:48 pm
by Smith1776
Geek Bench scores. Just to reiterate, this is the MacBook Air with 8 active GPU cores, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD.

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Re: New Macs With M1 Chips

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:47 pm
by Hal
For comparison
For fun https://www.redhill.net.au/ig.html

Re: New Macs With M1 Chips

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:49 pm
by Smith1776
Holy crap.

Re: New Macs With M1 Chips

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:53 pm
by Mark Leavy
Okay. I'm sold. I've setup my apple cart with a mac air 16gigs of ram and 2Tb of storage.
Now, I just have to figure out where I will be mid December so that I can place the order.

Re: New Macs With M1 Chips

Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:02 am
by Smith1776
Mark Leavy wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:53 pm
Okay. I'm sold. I've setup my apple cart with a mac air 16gigs of ram and 2Tb of storage.
Now, I just have to figure out where I will be mid December so that I can place the order.
YES. ALL HAIL APPLE SILICON.

Re: New Macs With M1 Chips

Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:17 am
by Hal