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> I’m using my relatively dinky 2012 MacBook Air - it has a Core i5 chip, an SSD, and 8GB of memory.

Slightly OT, but since when is 8gb of ram plus an SSD plus a quad core machine "dinky"?




When your production machines have 32GB of RAM, dual SSDs for OS and caching, dual terabyte drives for data, and dual octocore processors.

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32RAM? man, it's 2013 already

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The core i5 is a ULV part and it's dual core. Not quad core. Comparatively speaking it is a little bit "dinky" versus desktop parts.

I run a Mac Mini with a quad core i7 and 16GB of RAM. Beyond that consideration, desktop parts are almost always under less thermal stress then those on a laptop and can typically run at higher clocks.

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Hm, I was comparing it to a typical workstation machine in terms of raw specs - this is my personal laptop :)

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