Intel H3000 sucks?

mark28

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Today I was testing the 2011 MBA and the 2011 MBP 13" in the Apple Store. Both the MBA 2011 Sandy Bridge and the MBP 2011 13" simply couldn't handle the website I was trying to visit. Only the 15" 2011 MBP and the 15" 2010 MBP were able to scroll smoothly after trying out those machines.

That's just crazy, in 2012 paying $1000+ for a laptop that can't handle a simple website?
 

thekev

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That does seem weird. While Intel's integrated graphics suck in general (remember how Apple used to try to use Nvidia for that reason pre Intel lawsuit?), I would question how much of an effect the gpu has on the overall speed/smoothness of web content. That being said the only Apple laptop I'd ever even consider purchasing for work would be the 15" mbp. Laptops aren't really ideal for me in general. I max out everything (cpu, gpu, ram, storage, multiple displays, tasks running in the background while I actively work in the foreground). Until laptop gpus and ram capacity improve, I'll never consider one as a main machine.
 

Krazy Bill

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Instead of condemning an entire product line... most people would at least post the problem website in question first.

Ya think?
 

edk99

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If you are going to complain about the performance of a web site at least post what web site you were having problems with.
 

thundersteele

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deadline.com is programmed so badly that it locks up the browser for a few seconds. No point blaming a whole line of CPUs over a badly written webpage.
 

153098

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I was on a forum and someone posted 6 or so very high quality pics (can't remember the size of each pic) but they loaded very slowly and even when loaded when I scrolled past the pics it would slow down. This is the intel hd card at work.
 

WarpSpawn

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The only time mine seems choppy scrolling through a web page is if the page is still loading at the time, which seems reasonable to me. Otherwise, it seems plenty smooth.
 

Quinoky

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I don't think the HD3000 sucks that badly. I use it at least half the time on my 15" MBP, always forcing integrated only while on the road. Never had any issues with slowdowns, even when compared to my dedicated GPU. I can even play WoW on "Good" with the HD3000, which is pretty amazing considering it's an integrated GPU.
 

WarpSpawn

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It is of course hardly spectacular, but it does seem more or less equivalent to low to mid range Geforce chipset of a couple of generations. So certainly capable of acceptable performance.
 

saberahul

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The only site I have problem with is gmail video chat but that is to do with Safari - it works perfectly fine in FF and Chrome and Opera and Camino and blah blah blah.
I have never had any problems with the 3000. I play COD 4 quite often, GTA III and Vice City, Modern Domination, etc. and have never ran into any lag or similar problems. I'm assuming that website was poorly designed.
 

AppleMacFinder

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If the website contains a lot of Flash advertisements and other crap, then sure it will not scroll smooth!