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  • New MacBooks to use NVIDIA Optimus Dual Graphics?


    Apple is testing NVIDIA's Optimus switchable graphics to improve performance, according to a leak reported by AppleInsider. Currently, switching from the energy-efficient Intel integrated graphics to the dedicated card requires users to log out and log back in. The Optimus technology would allow this switchover to happen in the background. The next refresh to the MacBook Pro line is anticipated to use new NVIDIA chipsets that enable this functionality, according to AppleInsider's sources.

    Since the changeover from integrated Intel graphics to NVIDIA's CPU-supporting chipset in 2008, MacBook Pro users have had to make a selection in the Energy Saver pane in System Preferences to switch between the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics processor - which offers longer battery life - to the high-performance GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics processor. As Intel began rolling out chips based on its Nehalem architecture, which includes integrated graphics processors, it sued NVIDIA to prevent it from developing compatible chipsets. As a result, NVIDIA halted all development until the case is resolved. The US Federal Trade Commission took Intel to court in December for allegedly using its dominant position in the market to stifle competition. AppleInsider's source asserts that this uncertainty is the cause of the lack of major updates to the MacBook Pro line since the unibody models with NVIDIA graphics appeared in October 2008.

    "Just as a Hybrid car chooses between the gas-powered and electric car engine on-the-fly and uses the most appropriate engine, Nvidia Optimus technology does the same thing for graphics processors," according to NVIDIA's white paper. Any application that is graphics-intensive and taxes the integrated graphics will trigger the high-performance discrete processor. If the leak holds water, it's likely that new MacBook Pros will use the GeForce 300M series, which is the follow-on to the GeForce 9600M GT chipset in current MacBook Pros and supports Optimus technology. The GTS 360M has 96 cores with a 128-bit bus width and 2GHz memory clock, and is rated at 413 gigaflops. The midrange GT 335M has 72 cores and the 330M and 325M have 48 cores, while the low-end 64-bit GT 310M and 305M both have 16 cores.

    Neither Apple nor NVIDIA would comment on the reports.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New MacBooks to use NVIDIA Optimus Dual Graphics? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      This would make me happy.
    1. alz0rz's Avatar
      alz0rz -
      awesome image haha
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      man. that means that my macbook is soon to be considered. "old ****"
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I was hoping they'd use the Bumblebee Dual Graphics
    1. Nehal3m's Avatar
      Nehal3m -
      If MacBook Pros actually have these, I would get one (Hopefully) but wouldn't there be a chance where Apple may raise the price a bit? Honestly, I think they would.

      Btw, nice picture!
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      LOL. Love the pic.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      a goood...a gooood
    1. dhruvmalik's Avatar
      dhruvmalik -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nehal3m View Post
      If MacBook Pros actually have these, I would get one (Hopefully) but wouldn't there be a chance where Apple may raise the price a bit? Honestly, I think they would.

      Btw, nice picture!
      No Apple wouldn't change the price as its a market trend pattern that they must follow. Its not the consumers responsibility to pay the difference for a standard feature. Meaning you an I dont have a choice with the type of GPU/Chipset technology they are providing, hence its not my responsibility to pay for you spending more or less for it.
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      I'll be pretty disappointed if this is true. Not because background switching isn't awesome...but because Apple is again working with Nvidia. they are now far behind the technology curve. ATi is where it's at.

      Sigh.
    1. flippy's Avatar
      flippy -
      i only went to this link cos of the pic
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by adrian1480 View Post
      I'll be pretty disappointed if this is true. Not because background switching isn't awesome...but because Apple is again working with Nvidia. they are now far behind the technology curve. ATi is where it's at.

      Sigh.
      I was thinking this. No DX11 cards yet, and their upcoming DX11 card is proving to be a shambles...
    1. darkcloud28's Avatar
      darkcloud28 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      I was thinking this. No DX11 cards yet, and their upcoming DX11 card is proving to be a shambles...
      i never try ATI , i use Nvidia for 3D glasses with games , no one does this ....right ?
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by adrian1480 View Post
      I'll be pretty disappointed if this is true. Not because background switching isn't awesome...but because Apple is again working with Nvidia. they are now far behind the technology curve. ATi is where it's at.

      Sigh.
      ATi? pfft those video cards don't even work well with intel motherboards. ATi is not where it's at. NVIDIA is not behind the curve in video technology.

      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      I was thinking this. No DX11 cards yet, and their upcoming DX11 card is proving to be a shambles...
      So what games and videos do you have that use DX11?
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      ATi? pfft those video cards don't even work well with intel motherboards. ATi is not where it's at. NVIDIA is not behind the curve in video technology.



      So what games and videos do you have that use DX11?
      Bad Company 2 uses it. I'll probably be buying Crysis 2 as well once I get my new PC... Medal of Honor will probably have it as well...
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Nvidia, I think are awesome and better for the MBP than ATi!!
      Anyway I use a PS3 for gaming.
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      cool, my laptop is getting old anyway...