Graphic card switching macbook pro 17"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by keerf, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. keerf macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2008
    Hi All,

    This is probably going to sound like a dumb question, but I figured I would ask.

    Being that you can switch the graphics card in the mac, will switching the card around a lot be detrimental to system? What I mean is, lets say I switch the graphics card nightly, for gaming, then back to normal will that affect the system adversely or is it designed for that.

    Sorry for possibly the noob question, but this is my first laptop of any kind that offers that option.

    Thanks for any help!
  2. bphillips macrumors regular

    May 31, 2009
    Apple designed their 17'' MBP's to handle graphics card switching.

    Switching graphics cards won't hurt your mac whatsoever.

    What will is if you play a game with the switched GC for a while because your mac will heat up like crazy. (Trust me, I have a new 17'' uMBP)

    This is because the new uMBP's have an aluminum casing.

    Anyway, trust me, you're fine.

    You shouldn't worry about things like these.

    (I worried a lot when I got my 17'')

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