Interesting concept for MBP

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  1. Aranince macrumors 65816

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    http://arstechnica.com/journals/har...m=main_ars_account&utm_campaign=microblogging

    Possibility of this going into the Macbooks to help save power? But a reboot seems a bit on the annoying side.
     
  2. ayeying macrumors 601

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    Its been done before on a Sony Laptop. You can switch to a more powerful nVidia card or switch to a weaker integrated card to save battery life. Its not something new though.
     
  3. e12a macrumors 68000

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    how is the video card selected? through a physical switch on the computer? I dont think apple will sacrifice looks for a switch.

    a nice concept though. I wouldn't mind having more battery life during class.
     
  4. rekhyt macrumors 65816

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    Lol. I don't think so too.
     
  5. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    im sure apple could intagrate it into a keystroke at bootup if they went that direction
     
  6. eXan macrumors 601

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    Seems like a waste of space inside the notebook. Knowing Apple, they will use every millimiter to the maximum efficiency.
     
  7. kgeier82 macrumors 65816

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    all that for what, 30min of battery?

    no thanks.


    id rather have my 8600 downclock as much as possible while on battery, by then, the difference is probably even less
     
  8. Yixian macrumors 65816

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    All new ATI cards from the 9650M GT and up come with a built in integrated G 9100 that the computer can switch back and forth using.
     
  9. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    the graphics in notebooks are just chips right? although you guys probably already know this and just denote dedicated graphics as "cards". so it wouldnt add that much extra space.
     
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    9650M GT and 9100M are both nVidia GPU's.. maybe you ment nVidia and not ATi? :cool:
     
  11. DaveTheGrey macrumors 6502a

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    never heard of such a concept. Interesting. Is a dedicated video card such a power hog compared to integrated graphics card?
     
  12. ayeying macrumors 601

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    As funny as it sounds, it is a physical switch. Lemme find that notebook for you.

    Edit: Here's an article from 2006 about this feature on a Sony SZ laptop.

    http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/02/02/sony_readies_vaio_sz_series/

    It contains a GeForce 7400 and Integrated 950GMA.

    Here's a notebookreview.com, Review.

    http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=2862

    I knew I wasn't dreaming when I saw this. lol
     

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