13 inch vs older 15 inch with dedicated graphics: performance comparison?

DoNoHarm

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Hello Everyone,

I'm trying to gauge the level of graphics performance of the new 13 inch with integrated graphics. If I were to compare it to one of the older 15 inch MBP's with dedicated graphics, at what point would they equal out? In other words, does the new 13 inch MBP play games at the speed of a 2010 15 inch MBP?

I don't know a lot about benchmarks, but from what I can tell, they test processor speed while graphics is really the key criteria for games.

I'd really appreciate some advice, links, etc. especially those with solid numbers/tests to back them up instead of simply stating that one is "better".

Thanks.
 

hellstorm12345

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It would be slightly slower than the 15 inch 2010 MPB, about equal to the 6490m in the base early 2011 15.
 

DoNoHarm

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Check out this website, awesome place to look at mobile cards: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benchmark-List.844.0.html
nothing comes up when i search for macbook or apple.

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It would be slightly slower than the 15 inch 2010 MPB, about equal to the 6490m in the base early 2011 15.
thanks for that info. is that your guess or are there tests out there that explicitly show that to be the case?
 

hellstorm12345

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Jun 24, 2012
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thanks for that info. is that your guess or are there tests out there that explicitly show that to be the case?
Look at this link but focus on the right side column with the list of GPUs. The HD 4000 is in class three and is highlighted.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-HD-Graphics-4000.69168.0.html

Notebookcheck is not extremely accurate but gives a decent judgement of a GPU's performance. Considering that the 330m in the 2010 15 inch is actually underclocked, the HD 4000 may actually perform on par with it depending on the game.
 

T5BRICK

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nothing comes up when i search for macbook or apple.
You'll have to figure out what two graphics cards you're comparing and look them up.

Keep in mind most benchmarks are performed in Windows, with different drivers than you'll be using in Mac OSX. Also, benchmarks are not always accurate measure of performance.