I currently have a 3-years old Lenovo x200s, which is Intel Core 2 Duo SL9400 / 1.86 GHz -
and I'm planning on switching to Macbook Air dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Core i7 with 4MB shared L3 cache.
I just want to know if I should expect a significant increase in the speed things get with the new computer, or not.
With the soo many architectures popping up every few years, I dont really understand what is the difference in processing power between the two.
I read this thread titled /cpus-104/core-2-duo-i5-or-i7-new-imac-help-deciding-648427.html (sorry it wont let me cant post links)
explaining a bit about difference between the processors on the technical level... but honestly- what's important to me is the speed it takes for the computer to do things-
I know the performance is so dependant on the type of work that you do- and probably on the efficiency of the underlying OS...
I'm a developer, so I usually do compiling, some image processing (mostly similar to photoshop filters), messing around with mysql, and intense internet browsing, which always gets to heavy swapping in my XP x200s (btw the Macbook Air has similar 4GB RAM).
Can anyone tel me if i should expect an increase in work speed? I'd really appreciate answers