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  • Macbook Pro Capable of Dual GPU and Switching on the Fly


    Nvidia visited Gizmodo today and gave out a few juicey facts about the graphics in the new Macbook Pros. First of all the chips can support up to 8 GB of ram previously speculated by iFixit during disassembly.

    Next. The Macbook Pro is capable of switching between the 9400M and 9600M GT on the fly without logging out. This would provide some pretty cool power-saving options having the less powerful chip running when on battery and bringing in the big guns when plugged into an external power source.

    Last. Yes the Macbook Pro is capable of Hybrid SLI (using both chips at once). There isn't too many uses for such an operation but talk about cool factor.

    Will all these capabilities be enabled by Apple in a future software update? Will someone go in and figure out a way to make it happen without Apple?

    [via Gizmodo]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Macbook Pro Capable of Dual GPU and Switching on the Fly started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. boneheadxan's Avatar
      boneheadxan -
      Hmmm I still need to decide between a fully loaded Macbook and a low end Macbook Pro. I already have the 17", but its 3 years old Mostly for Audio productions though...
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      I want this LOL
    1. pingwhen's Avatar
      pingwhen -
      i love my macbook pro. i have a early 2008. trust me just get the 15 inch new pro, the pro's are where its at
    1. kLAcK's Avatar
      kLAcK -
      What do you mean not to many uses for SLI? What about games?
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      i can't wait until i can afford one.

      this will be my next computer.
    1. WillyDavidK's Avatar
      WillyDavidK -
      Wow, SLI in a laptop - the only thing crazier is that fact that it's an Apple laptop that's doing it! Anxious to see how it will perform.

      Altho, doesn't an SLI bridge usually require two identical GPUs? Wondering how this will work out...

      boneheadxan, sell your 17' on ebay to recoup some of the cost. If it's in decent condition you can probably still get roughly 70% of the intial investment back.
    1. haibane's Avatar
      haibane -
      Quote Originally Posted by boneheadxan View Post
      Hmmm I still need to decide between a fully loaded Macbook and a low end Macbook Pro. I already have the 17", but its 3 years old Mostly for Audio productions though...
      Be careful about the lack of firewire
    1. riku98523's Avatar
      riku98523 -
      What is this picture saying that its better to have two whores than one?
    1. thartman's Avatar
      thartman -
      Quote Originally Posted by riku98523 View Post
      What is this picture saying that its better to have two whores than one?
      ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!! Especially them two.
    1. dirkbreeuwer's Avatar
      dirkbreeuwer -
      Quote Originally Posted by kLAcK View Post
      What do you mean not to many uses for SLI? What about games?
      The only bad thing, is that Apple and Nvidia would have to develop drivers for Windows too, because...well there aren't many high end games for Mac.
    1. IvanB's Avatar
      IvanB -
      I bought this laptop last Friday, don't regret it a second!
    1. lostwhiteboyy's Avatar
      lostwhiteboyy -
      Quote Originally Posted by WillyDavidK View Post
      Wow, SLI in a laptop - the only thing crazier is that fact that it's an Apple laptop that's doing it! Anxious to see how it will perform.

      Altho, doesn't an SLI bridge usually require two identical GPUs? Wondering how this will work out...

      boneheadxan, sell your 17' on ebay to recoup some of the cost. If it's in decent condition you can probably still get roughly 70% of the intial investment back.
      Sager notebooks with windows vista have been able to run sli in a laptop for a long time now! but thats still awesome that it might be possible with a mac!
    1. Spastic909's Avatar
      Spastic909 -
      Quote Originally Posted by haibane View Post
      Be careful about the lack of firewire

      Someone sent that same complaint to Steve jobs and his response and I agree......all hd video cameras in the last few years all have USB 2.0....
    1. WillyDavidK's Avatar
      WillyDavidK -
      Spastic909: He said he is using it for Audio production. Any high end recording equipment is going to rely on Firewire (yes, pci too but we are talking about laptops here)

      lostwhiteboyy: I'm not much of a gamer, so I guess somehow I missed that! Never thought about a mobile SLI implementation. Awesome idea tho!
    1. imode's Avatar
      imode -
      Quote Originally Posted by Spastic909 View Post
      Someone sent that same complaint to Steve jobs and his response and I agree......all hd video cameras in the last few years all have USB 2.0....
      The new Mac Book Pro's still have firewire 800. Firewire was removed from the lower end Mac Book
    1. MaliciousScript's Avatar
      MaliciousScript -
      I might be getting one this week!!!!!
    1. khaoticsquirrel's Avatar
      khaoticsquirrel -
      wait, so there is still firewire with the new macs? that was going to be my only reason for not buying one..
    1. WillyDavidK's Avatar
      WillyDavidK -
      with the new macbook pros there is a FW800 port, which can also be used with FW400 devices by using an adapter. With the new macbooks there is NO firewire - unless you get the older white plastic macbook. o_0