MBA Update 2.0

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Calot, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2012
    It says that it improved graphics and performance.

    Any measurable improvements?

    I played The Witcher and Diablo 3 and could not feel any improvements at all. They still run great, but not noticeably better.

    i7 8GB 256SSD Air here.
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2012
    Have you tried visiting a graphics heavy website and compared it? (Ex. The Verge)

    The VRAM incrased from about 384MB TO 512MB.
  3. macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Actually, it appears that 4GB RAM models got the bump up to 512MB shared ram. But if you have an 8GB model, it stayed at 512MB. I think this is a shame since the HD4000 can handle 768MB. From what I understand, if you have 8GB RAM in your 2012 Air, you will not get a graphics performance boost. Correct?
  4. macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2010
    Wow! Lol. It's like the new update brings an upgraded video card to your MBA. :D
  5. macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    For real? Can anyone confirm this disappointment?
  6. Skoopman, Nov 9, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2011
    Hm, The Verge seems to be the only site I saw since the update which has not improved at all, if not, it's even worse now. It lags a bit on the main page. works great, even, which is heavier than The Verge, scrolls super smooth. Also scrolls smooth, but Facebook lags, weird.
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2012
    To be fair, it's always lagged a little bit. A very little bit at that... but it's there.

    This is extremely sad. Now the dudes with 4GB of RAM will get the same vRAM as me.

    Maybe with the 3.0 update we will get 768 MB of vRAM?

    A little bit more power would be awesome. But I have not found any improvements anywhere.

    The shut down time still is around 20 seconds sometimes. While the fastest it can shut down is around 1-2 seconds.

    I don't know why it varies.
  8. macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2010
    i've notice the battery draining quickly in sleep mode. Does anyone else?
  9. macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2012
    Is this only for the 2012 MBAs? I would love to have 512mb vram on my 2011.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2012
    They should increase the vRAM to 1 GB for those with 8 GB RAM lmaoo. All jokes aside, 8GB RAM people should really get that much vRAM as it would nearly eliminate the lag and create a much more smoother experience. Also, is there no way to manually increase vRAM, i always thought RAM could be allocated..
  11. thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2012

    We could only dream.....
  12. Skoopman, Nov 11, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2011
    I think the Intel HD4000 only supports up to 768MB VRAM.

    Anyway, did anybody notice lagginess in Sparrow and Mail? I might have to restore a time machine backup, it's really annoying.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    Is there a way to hack the 8gb MBA to get 768MB VRAM? If Apple can do it in an update it should be possible for anyone to do, right?
  14. thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2012
    Not that I know of...

    There is no software for Mac to control integrated graphics, I think.

    If you find anything please let us know.
  15. macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2012
    just checked my macbook air 2012 11" 4gb ram, and to my surprise, lists the "intel HD graphics 4000" at 512 MB wow! thx apple

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