2012 Pros - Optimus Support

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by minnus, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. minnus macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2011
    This is a very big feature for me ~ does the new Macbook Pro, in Bootcamp, support Optimus such that it turns off the 650m when it doesn't need it?
  2. minnus thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2011
    No one else is interested in this feature as well?
  3. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    They probably are interested, but nobody knows the answer yet. I'm sure that when the final reviews come out (especially the Anandtech one) we'll find out.
  4. borisiii macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    From the tech specs page:

    "NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching"

    I see no reason why it wouldn't in boot camp.
  5. TheRdungeon macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2011
    Because that's built into OSX, Optimus is NVIDIA tech
  6. minnus thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2011
    It is my understanding the the 2011 Macbook Pros did NOT support graphic switching in Bootcamp, despite having support on the OS X side.
  7. borisiii macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    I see; I assumed it was Optimus that did the switching, but if it's Apple's own implementation then it probably won't work in Boot Camp. Here's hoping...
  8. ///KM macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2009
    I doubt there'd be Optimus support in Bootcamp. Optimus support is something the manufacturer has to build into the laptop, and, as with the ATI solution before it (6750/6770) it is supported in OSX but not Windows.
  9. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    It will most likely not have Optimus support.

    Apple generally has poor quality drivers in boot camp... Battery life goes from 6-8 hours in OS X for me to 1.5-2 in Windows 7 with the same settings... graphics switching is not possible in Boot Camp. Wifi additionally doesn't work as well in Windows 7 for me.

    You never know though, maybe Apple might add it to this MacBook Pro or there is a way to add it yourself.
  10. minnus thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2011
    I think I'm inclined to agree :( I just placed an order for the base Retina too.
  11. Xcelerate macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    Sounds like an interesting programming project. I'm somewhat decent at rev. eng. I may give it a shot :)

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