When is the MacBook Pro getting a better getting a better graphics card?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Balli, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. Balli macrumors 6502

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    I know that ATI's and Nvidia's current powerful graphics cards are too hot / big / power consuming, to fit into Apple's 1" beauty, but there must be some information on a upcoming graphics cards that are thin, cool, and power efficient? (Preferably with DirectX 10 support).

    I know the X1600 is a good card, but the MacBook Pros deserve something cutting edge!
     
  2. Carguy172 macrumors member

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    They will probably be getting the x1700 when they upgrade to santa rosa in the spring.

    But whats with all you people bashing the x1600 thats a very powerful card you would know that if you would actually look at the specs.
     
  3. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    seriously... perhaps only like 5 percent of people here actually use the card to its max extend...
     
  4. Balli thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But what with games like Gears of War, Half-Life Portals, Alan Wake, Project Offset (to name but a few), all coming out next year, you have to forgive me for trying to future proof my computer, (at least for the next 2 years).
     
  5. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    Those will all have a directx 9 versions plus there just isnt any dx10 cards and wont be for another couple months. You wont see any new cards in macbook pro for at least 143 days.;)
     
  6. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    2.5 yrs ago i bought a thinkpad with one of the best video card then, with 64mb vram... and half yr ago, i can barely play any of the new releases...

    my point is, no video card produced today can sustain games out 2 yrs from now... even at lowest setting you'll struggle.
     
  7. DXoverDY macrumors 6502a

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    Correction. No Laptop videocard can sustain games for 2 yrs. Desktop video cards tend to play a bit nicer. I was still able to play Half-Life 2 on my 4 year old card at around 640x480 or 800x600 if i turned settings down a bit. Doom 3 even played on the GeForce 4 4400 Ti.

    Repeat after me. Laptops are not gaming machines... Laptops are not gaming machines. Laptops are not gaming machines. Got it? Good.
     
  8. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    Mobile DX10 graphics cards aren't going to be out until late into 2007.

    However, I'm pretty sure it's possible to squeeze a Mobility Radeon X1800 or GeForce Go 7800 into the MacBook Pro. We'll probably have to wait another 6 months for a graphics card update though.
     
  9. Balli thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for answering my question.
     
  10. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Watch the rumors pop up, GeForce MBP! I know it's coming on Tuesday!
     
  11. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    Don't plant the idea..!!!
     
  12. JohnMC macrumors 6502

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    Ban on MacBook Pro Rumors!!!

    I think we should have at least a two month ban on all MBP rumors. After that two months all rumors are fair game again (just before MWSF). Just a though for all the masses traumatized by C2D MBP rumors. LOL
     
  13. 4np macrumors 6502a

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    I agree; I would also like to be able to play all these games (and UT2007) on my MacBook Pro and kick my desktop pc out...

    Also, the x1600 was in there when the first MacBook Pro was introduced; I would have expected a GPU upgrade as well. But maybe Apple first wants to have a look at how the new C2D MacBook Pro's are holding up after their latest upgrade...

    I think I'm going to wait a little while longer until at least januari and perhaps march...
     
  14. NewSc2 macrumors 65816

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    *reads title* *does a double take a double take*

    anyways, it'll be out when it's out. it won't come out next week, or next month, and probably not even by January
     
  15. Clydefrog macrumors 6502a

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    i think the reason they don't have a better chip is becuase of heat. I mean putting a x1800 or somthing equivalent into a MBP would create huge heat issues. Even if they would add a x1700 the upgrade will hardly be worth it.
     
  16. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    If you are a gamer you might as well get a Macbook (for portability) and a Desktop PC for gaming, that will be upgradable to a new graphics card in 2/2.5 years and will probably cost no more than an MBP.
     
  17. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    Correction-some laptops are good gaming machines-I know a guy who has a nVidia GeForce 7800GTX in his laptop.
     
  18. Carguy172 macrumors member

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    What's the point of getting a laptop for games the only one that will last 2 years is the xps m1710 and your basically stuck by an outlet its so pointless. its not even a laptop if you have a high powered graphics card inside.
     
  19. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah and it's as thick as the yellow pages right?
     
  20. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    And it probably cost £2000, you might as well get a Macbook for £800 and a desktop PC for £800, that gives you portability and gaming for less money.
     
  21. Carguy172 macrumors member

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    The xps isn't that thick and it has a nvidia 7950 GTX with 512,mb of ram (not shared)and its only 1.6 inches thick
    but I don't know what model his was.
     
  22. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    Well the NVIDIA Go 7950 GTX anyway ;) That's the Dell XPS M1710, a 17 incher, and it's cheaper than the MacBook Pro, even after it's been specced up.

    Eww... I sound like a Dell salesperson.
     
  23. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    The XPS is quite a brick, although it's not significantly less 'portable' than the 17" MBP. Bearing in mind the furnace that is the MBP already, it's hard to squeeze a really decent GPU in there although undoubtedly Nvidia Go GPUs would be a better option heatwise.

    The XPS is a better machine than the MBP in that you can actually use the performance it offers without problems - but damn it's fugly.
     
  24. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    Better yet, people ought to get whatever computer they want + a console for their gaming!
     
  25. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    Well we're not asking for the top-of-the-range. Just something that ATI themselves don't class as a "Value" GPU.

    Agreed.
     

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