External display and new MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by hops0rz, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. hops0rz macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2011
    Hi all!

    I'm pretty decided to pick one of those MBA 13" i5 256ssd but there is something that concerns me. I came from a 2007's MacBook equipped with that piece of crap called GMA 3100 as graphic card and it really bothers me when I do expose in my 24" screen, the framerate during the transition slow down to ~1fps. Maybe it's a dumb question but knowing that the new integrated graphics card isn't a big deal, could anyone tell me if with the Intel HD3000 that kind of transitions go smooth using an external display?

    Thanks in advance and sorry for my english.
  2. hops0rz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2011
  3. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    There are a couple of other threads I recall seeing that discuss the performance using a monitor. I'm using a 27" ACD with the new 13" MBA and all I can say is that it works great. No issues or slowdowns observed.
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    The HD 3000 is far superior to the GMA 3100 that was used in the old MacBooks. While it isn't great for gaming, it is adequate for just about everything else. I'd suggest reading the Anandtech review, which has several tests of the graphics.
  5. hops0rz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2011
    oh, sorry if it was previously discussed, I did various searches but I didn't find anything. Thanks for your replies, they were very helpful. I hope to order my MBA in the next two weeks :)

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