Intel HD 3000 & 1080p via External Monitor

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by c.dub, May 21, 2011.

  1. c.dub macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2009
    I'm going to be buying a new Mac soon (to replace my '09 13" MacBook Pro) and it will probably be a 13" MacBook Pro or Air (when they get Sandy Bridge update).

    Most of the stuff I do will work perfectly fine without a dedicated GPU, but my major concern is how capable the Intel HD 3000 graphics will be with 1080p video. I frequently connect my MacBook to my 46" HDTV via HDMI and watch 1080p video files (usually .mkv 8-16gb in size) in full screen. Also I like to stream 1080p flash video in fullscreen as well.

    Anyone with a new MacBook Pro try this? Will it work smoothly and flawlessly?

    If it does, I'll go with a new unit. If not, I'll grab a refurb with a 320m.

    I look forward to the responses :) thanks in advance!
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    I do not have any personal experience with this, but I can assure you the 3000HD is plenty capable of doing this.
  3. gr8whtd0pe macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2008
    Belle, WV
    Also didn't they get the sandy bridge update a few weeks ago?

    I just got the base model 13" today, but I don't need it for all your trying to do lol
  4. TXBDan macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2008
    Boston, MA
  5. KwanMan macrumors regular

    May 12, 2011
  6. darrellishere macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2007
    My MacBook air 11" 1.4ghz!! Plays some of my mkv blurry rips but not all.
    Some it plays flawlessly then It comes to Tron or another higher bit rate film? And it stutters like he'll. I've used every player and xmbc seems to be the best. Time to sell my air hopefully the sandy bridge update will cure my blurry movie wows. Dose anybody know if the 13 " air has any problems. I realise the pro would be the safest solution but until the new thinner models come out next year with a higher resolution, it's never going to attract me..
  7. EEXOOO macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2009
    I'm curious, when the video stutters, is it the gfx or cpu inability to keep up? (assuming the video file is error free)
  8. ThaDoggg macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2010
    Peterborough, Canada
    It's capable. I've had my mbp connected externally through displayport and everything has been running very smoothly.

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  9. c.dub thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2009
    The MacBook Pro got SB, the Air has not yet. Come onnn just one high bit rate mkv? Plleeaaassee? :D

    That's my concern, should have mentioned it in the OP. Higher bit rate films like Tron Legacy are an excellent example. If the HD 3000 can handle that, I'd be happy.

    Thanks for the info! What kind of videos have you played? What player do you use?

    Thanks for the replies everyone!
  10. mac00l macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2011
    I have the base 2011 13".

    I can play four 1080p videos from youtube simultaneously without a hiccup. I don't use my MBP to play video to my hdtv, for that I use this media player. But I'm sure you won't have a problem, since I used to connect a Toshiba laptop with Intel X3100 (which is a 4 generations older IGP) to a 50" LED tv without issues.
  11. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    It's not going to be decoded on the GPU, just the CPU.

    If my 2.26GHz C2D can handle any high-bitrate encodes I throw at it, then
    both of the 13" MBPs will be able to handle this no problem at all. However, if you're going to be playing non re-encoded blurays, I'd recommend the i7.

    There's no such thing as a 'high bitrate film'. You could encode Tron Legacy at 500kb/s and Casablanca at 50,000kb/s if you wanted to.

    I'm willing to bet that it's using GPU decoding.
  12. ThaDoggg macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2010
    Peterborough, Canada
    I've played both Youtube videos and movies downloaded from the net (some mkv) for which I used Quicktime and VLC.
  13. gofightlose macrumors member


    Feb 1, 2011
    hmm. I'm not sure if what I'm going to say is true, but from what I've seen the 2011 mbp 15" requires the dedicated gpu on external monitors. For example if I'm forcing internal card with gfxcardstatus then external monitors don't even register. So the Radeon is going to be used automatically when using external monitor. That's just my observation. But the hd 3000 is perfectly capable of 1080p.
  14. c.dub thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2009
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    Thanks for all the replies everyone! This helps a lot. I don't plan to play any games really, but I love my high quality 1080p rips so knowing the HD 3000 won't have any issues with that makes my decision a lot easier :)
  15. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    That is true, however the 13" doesn't have the AMD graphics, so it runs externals with the HD3000 as well.

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