In layman's terms, why two graphics cards?

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  1. Widgetal macrumors newbie

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    Why the need for two, what's the difference and what's the benefit?

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  2. colmaclean macrumors 68000

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    One's faster than the other but uses more power, so sucks more out of your battery.

    The faster one also raises the temperature more dramatically, which can be a good thing on a frosty morning.
     
  3. Ricanlegend macrumors 6502a

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    It only a benefit if you going to be doing alot of heavy graphic works , like gaming , photo editing , if all you do is use the internet and itunes and macbook pro will do it just fine
     
  4. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    The 9400M is sufficient 95% of the time, and draws a minimal amount of power as an integrated graphics solution.

    The 9600M GT provides extra power when needed but has the drawback of drawing extra power when in-use, lowering battery life and increasing heat output.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    In layman's terms?

    The 9600 is faster but it consumes more power so it isn't great if you're using the battery.

    The 9400 is slower but is battery friendly.
     
  6. Widgetal thread starter macrumors newbie

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  7. RKpro macrumors 6502

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    No. This may or may not change, it depends on software drivers.
     
  8. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    No, it won't change, and isn't dependent on drivers. The 9400M and 9600M GT don't work together on any platform.
     
  9. reallynotnick macrumors 6502a

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  10. picklesmand macrumors member

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  11. reallynotnick macrumors 6502a

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    Nope read it again, it does talk about on the fly switching but it mentions running both cards at the same time working together.
     
  12. picklesmand macrumors member

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    yeah you're right.
     
  13. oligore macrumors member

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    I can see an advantage here with Open CL but nothing for old apps/games
     
  14. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    Well I suppose it may be possible through a driver update, but it doesn't look like it's even enabled under Windows, so I doubt it will happen at all.

    Clicking here takes you to a page on Nvidia's website listing compatible chipsets with GeForce Boost. Note that the 9600M GT unfortunately does not have a check mark next to it.
     
  15. DAMNiatx macrumors 6502a

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    when we can do that ?, its already 6 month from first unibody mbp released.
    :(
     
  16. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    That has never been promised or even possible.
     

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