Anandtech Review Up - Answers some of your questions

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AshStorm, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. AshStorm macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2010
    Now that we're a few days into the refresh, here's a review given that may help a few people

    It touches on some questions that have been asked often this week.

    1. Benchmarks - Comparison vs. prior MBP's
    2. Battery life comparisons
    3. GPU Comparisons using L4D2 and WOW
    4. Commentary on how hot it gets, especially on your lap

    Read it, apply it to your own situation, and make up your own mind :)
  2. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    It fails at the fact that it doesn't compare to the older 9600M GT.
  3. guitarfreak846 macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2009
    This review made me even more happy that I got a 15" i7 with 7200rpm HDD! I'm so excited!!! First mac baby!
  4. qwerty2k macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2007
    can anyone else with a new MBP comment on the head issue? my SR Whitebook (late 2007) gets stupidly hot so am looking to get a cooler laptop.
  5. Hazel macrumors member


    Aug 11, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    Agreed, the missing comparison is quite blaring.
    Anybody know any reviews with direct comparisons?
  6. paintballswimgu macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
    i haven't recieved mine yet. but from reading other peoples responses. It looks like these run stupidly hot as well.
  7. Scott6666 macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    Thanks for the post. I've canceled my order due to heat concerns. My 2008 MBP is hot enough. Thankful that my iPad is nice and cool.
  8. silversx macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2008
    with out the option to turn the 330m graphics completely off.. it's going to be hot.. and to add to the problem you have no way of knowing when the 330m is on.. you might have a flash video in the background and triggers it and next thing you know your lap is on fire...

    early adopters always pay the price..
  9. tputs001 macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2010
    isn't it possible that in future updates, Apple may give us the ability to turn if off manually?
  10. Patrick J macrumors 65816

    Patrick J

    Mar 12, 2009
    Oporto, Portugal
    Probably not. Apple is all about simplicity.
  11. Seraphx17 macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2009
    You can turn it off manually. I don't know why I reviewer didn't know that.
  12. vant macrumors 65816

    Jul 1, 2009
    Anand is a good guy. You might want to email him how to turn it off. He'll adjust his review.
  13. qwerty2k macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2007
    he mentions in his review iirc that if you 'turn it off' it turns off the intel chip and leaves only the nvidia chip running.
  14. xaquaticx macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2010
    So how do we turn off the 330M?

    How do we turn off the Intel HD?

    If we can't do either of these, that would suck and Apple should have given these options, how friggin hard would it be. Now they're going to have a bunch of returns and bad reviews because the MBPs run so hot. Stupid. I hope they fix this in an update as I imagine it'd be trivial.
  15. Spandexman macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2009
    You can turn the GMA HD off and just run the discrete, but it seems that apple don't trust the intel graphics, so this isn't an option to use this alone. They probably reckon that if someone turned the discrete off by accident and didn't know why the machine was lagging so in the graphics department that they'd get extra returns that way too.
  16. tputs001 macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2010
    I hope a future update gives you the option to turn it off or atleast have some form of control on which application uses which gpu. Hopefully....even a third party hack will be suffice....damn apple!
  17. jedivulcan macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2007
    The review fails to compare the 330m to the 9600m and instead decides to pit 330m discreet solution to the integrated 9400m.

    Anandtech will probably argue that they're comparing the BASE mid-2009 to the base mid-2010 MBP system. If they called in some common sense, they'd review the 13" MBP models separate from the discreet graphics driven 15" MBP... (pit the 9400m with the 320m and the 9600m with the 330m).

    I think the review is flawed and confusing to even the average reader.

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