2012 Pros - Optimus Support

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

  1. minnus macrumors 6502

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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

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