it has turbo to 2.6 ghz..
the stock clock is set for prolonged battery life
at 1440x900 i would think this is finally the gen where games can be played ok
turn down some settings (which you wouldnt really notice at this resolution) and you should be ok
i want to get rid of my desktop for a laptop..and the only game i play is d3.....
in for real benchmarks at mp1+ inferno fields of misery with 4 players in game
Turbo only works in that mode if the CPU is able to shut off its additional cores. That is how it maintains viability without burning out the machine from overheating. It's part of the SpeedStep specification. And because WoW uses two cores on multi-core CPUs, it would still be bottlenecked because it is then locked to a single core. The CPUs in the MBAs are dual core
, and thus when Turbo kicks in, that second core is shut down. You'd actually see worse
performance under Turbo on a single core than you would under regular speed with two cores.
These machines just aren't made for games. They're meant for general purpose computing. They aren't even powerful enough to play Blu-Ray movies back properly in either OS X or Windows. That pitiful 1.6 Ghz i5 and 1.7 Ghz i7 just aren't up to the task of being a gaming machine or media hub.
I can not believe this, that he had to run World of Warcraft Low with a Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.6Ghz with the 11inch standard Model, and even the i7 core has the Hyper Threading feature, which enables 2 more virtual cores. And don't underestimate the power of the Intel HD5000. Which is 40% faster than the IntelHD4000.
I still would wait a few more days, and wait till actual benchmarks are released.
The HD5000 is an improvement yes, but WoW and D3 are not GPU bound, they're CPU bound
. That means that you could have an nVidia 680 GTX inside the machine, but if your CPU was either one of the CPUs available for the MBA, you'd get worse performance than I would ever see on my seven year old Mac Pro 1,1 with Radeon 5870 and 2x 2.66 GHz Xeon 5150 CPUs. My GPU is older than that of the MBA by far, but my CPU is more powerful than it is even though it's seven years old.
Haswell improves a lot, but it cannot overcome CPU dependent games such as D3 and WoW. You should avoid these MBAs like the plague if you want to game.
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