GeForce GT650 and the new macbook pro

alehen

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the new macbook pro comes equipped with a GeForce GT650m, the difference being the screen resolution: 1440x900 vs 2880x1800. Since retina display works the same as the iPad, both models have the same "screen space".

Does that mean that in "practice", the old new macbook pro is much more powerful when playing games and dealing with graphical intensive softwares?
 

Hidendra

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They have the same video card so no, they're the same. If you see a performance hit, simply turn the resolution down and then problem solved ;)
 

Stetrain

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The Retina MBP has 1GB of video RAM standard, which should help with the larger resolution.

Games should look just fine running at a scaled up 1440x900, which would give you the same performance as the non-retina MBP.
 

henrikrox

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Well for one, apple used the right gt650m, not the one with GDDR3 Ram, but the one with GDDR5.

Also, ofcourse if u play for example diablo 3 in 2800x1800 vs 1440x900, it will go alot slower (fps wise on 2800x1800)

You can always turn down the resolution, but you should now that, playing a game on a 1440x900 native display is better, then using a 2800x1800 display and scaling it down to a lower resolution.
 

alehen

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I ask because I have the iPad 2 and the new iPad, and most iPad 2 games on the new iPad looks pretty bad, so I don't know what to expect..

Apple apps have support for retina display, but I need to use boot camp and I use softwares like Maya and Unity, and both softwares make heavy use of graphics card
 

mikeo007

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I ask because I have the iPad 2 and the new iPad, and most iPad 2 games on the new iPad looks pretty bad, so I don't know what to expect..

Apple apps have support for retina display, but I need to use boot camp and I use softwares like Maya and Unity, and both softwares make heavy use of graphics card
Bad compared to what? iPad 3 native apps?
Regular res games on the iPad 2 and 3 should look virtually identical.

The same can be said for the new Macbook Pro.
Running at the same screen resolution, 1440 x 900, the games should look identical and perform identically. Upping the resolution on the retina MBP will obviously decrease performance.
 

alehen

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Bad compared to what? iPad 3 native apps?
Regular res games on the iPad 2 and 3 should look virtually identical.

The same can be said for the new Macbook Pro.
Running at the same screen resolution, 1440 x 900, the games should look identical and perform identically. Upping the resolution on the retina MBP will obviously decrease performance.
iPad 2 games on new iPad gets a little ugly.. as if all the pixels decided to go crazy and get bigger and jagged.
 

mikeo007

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iPad 2 games on new iPad gets a little ugly.. as if all the pixels decided to go crazy and get bigger and jagged.
If got the 2 right now side-by-side running the same game right now and they look identical. iPad 3 is a bit brighter, that's about it.
 

darkeartg

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I believe when you scale down the resolution it will never look as good as a monitor that has the lower resolution.

Edit: so when you scale down to 1440x990, it will not look as good as a monitor with a native 1440x990 resolution
 

henrikrox

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I believe when you scale down the resolution it will never look as good as a monitor that has the lower resolution.

Edit: so when you scale down to 1440x990, it will not look as good as a monitor with a native 1440x990 resolution
Exactly!
 

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