ATI 6490m slower than integrated GPU?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mark28, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    ATI / AMD Fusion CPU's use the 6550 as Integrated GPU and it's faster than the 6490m?
  2. jamisonbaines macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2007
    The integrated is the Intel HD 3000 on a MBP, I don't know anything of the card you mention.

    I admit it is kind of sad to open system profiler and see the integrated with more (albeit shared) RAM than the discrete but performance will be dependent on the task. Anyone who is in need of higher end graphics is going to (or should) choose the 6750 anyway so I don't see it as much of an issue.
  3. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
  4. shardey macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2010
    But how does the CPU performance compare?
  5. Icy1007 macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
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    6490m is faster than the Intel HD 3000.
  6. mark28 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    I'm talking about integrated GPU of the AMD / ATI Fusion CPU's ( which is faster than the Intel H3000 ).

    It seems to me that Apple put a GPU in a $1800 laptop that is slower than some integrated GPU's in the year 2011?
  7. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    Well it is because those Fusion GPUs are really fast.
    I think the only reason Apple uses the 6490 is because they want to give people a reason to pay more for the 6750 and they cannot put anything faster than a 6750 in so the make the slower one slower.

    256MB VRAM is the minimum req. on most games and really not enough anymore. Anybody who buys the Notebook with 6490 clearly isn't interest in Gaming and shouldn't believe he buys something that is more than some decent onboard solution.
    Come on it is 64bit GPU with hardly any shaders. Without GDDR5 it wouldn't stand a chance against the old 330M.

    The good thing about the AMD Fusion GPUs is that they push AMD and Nvidia to abandon the office GPU grade stuff. On future Roadmaps there are no 64bit GPUs anymore not even paired with GDDR5. It is a great boost for the whole market.
    The next MBP you will see with a GPU that definitely beats a Fusion again, because there isn't anything else available.
    The end of Office GPUs or "highend" office GPUs like the 6490.

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