New PB's ---> Processer Performance gone???

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by tekmoe, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2005
    This subject seems bare to say the least. I have only read 1 or 2 comments in regards to people saying they can no longer adjust the processor performance in the Energy Saver settings under system preferences.

    someone else posted a link to the developer notes for the new pb's. it basically states this:

    it almost sounds like apple has taken away the ability to set the processor performance and they are doing it for us. i am not sure if i like this.......

    anyone else have anything to chime in?

  2. macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    NOT COOL! (pardon the pun)

    I thought the PowerBooks always had this feature. If the user can't force or turn off power stepping though, that could be very bad news.
  3. macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2005
    sound very much like the "cool n quiet" of the athlon cpu's. Helps a lot, i think its much better than having to manualy set it
  4. macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    #4 my experience with any Mac with the power adjustment features, the difference between Highest Performance and Automatic is actually quite a bit. I'd hate to see the option to put it on full power taken away, and always have to wonder if your computer is slyly shafting you of its full processing power...:p
  5. macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2005
    Nelson, BC. Canada
    I'm sure my Centrino does the stepped processor speed thing...
  6. macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2005
    Bay Area
    Wow... That sucks balls. Damn... So when on battery power the PB will decide for you what your needs are? What if you quickly need to render something and don't have your power adapter with you? While you'd think apple just set it on automatic performance and just hid the option for you to change it, I wonder if its always on reduced so they can claim an extra hour of battery life? Either way, that sucks royally...
  7. macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    I'd probably say anything that gets the new DDR2/Freescale chipset will lose the ability to set the processor performace.

    Still got to see if the same thing will happen with the eMac, Mini, and iBooks when they get their chipsets upgraded to the "Intrepid2."
  8. macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    The stepping itself is great but not if you can't control it...
  9. macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2005
    I have the new 17" and there are no options in the power menu to change the performance like my old 15" had. I haven't noticed anything running poorly though. I'm just happy to get the whole extra hour of battery life!

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