Is Apple lying about powerbook specs?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by BigEvan23, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. BigEvan23 macrumors member


    Jun 17, 2004
    I just ran a tech tool pro test on my video card and it said that it was a Radeon 9600 128mb card. Now Apple says its a 9700 and I know the 9700 is largely based on the 9600 chip so it could just be that tech tool doesn't recognize it properly...but it is interesting. Apple system profiler identifies it as ATY,RV360M11 which as far as I know is the same as everyone else with the current 15 and 17 inch. Anyone know whats up?
  2. Timelessblur macrumors 65816


    Jun 26, 2004
  3. JzzTrump22 macrumors 65816

    Apr 13, 2004
    New York
    Where is the program, i wanna try this out on my PB too.
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Seems like you should be talking to Micromat about this problem.
  5. invaLPsion macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2004
    The Northlands
    I was wondering about this, too. When I was playing Call of Duty (or maybe it was RTCW) I checked the game driver and it, too, recognized my video card as a radeon 9600.
  6. jane doe macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2004
    The software is misreading the video card. This kinda thing is common when hardware is updated.
  7. blackpeter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2001
    I understand your concern, but your topic header is really misguided. Why would a company as well known as Apple EVER lie about the components they use? Especially when it's very easy to determine just what kind of card you have by opening your computer...
  8. vocaro macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2004
    Except that he has a PowerBook. Not that easy to open a PowerBook. And I wouldn't want to try putting one back together, either!

  9. OziMac macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2003
    ... and say bye to your warranty if you do that too :)
  10. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Why would Apple lie about something so easily verified?

    Suggest that you update your software and check again.

  11. Chryx macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2002
    Blame ATI, not Apple

    the Radeon 9700 Mobility isn't the same thing as a desktop Radeon 9700 (which are 8 pixel pipelines), it IS roughly the same thing as a desktop 9600 series card (four pixel pipelines)
  12. stevehaslip macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2004
    The Ocean Floor
    i wouldn't say that apple lied? thats a bit extreme, they wouldn't get away with lying about specs though. As someone said earlier it is probably an issue the driver or maybe that the 9600 and the 9700 use a similar or the same driver. lots of graphics cards in the same series use the same or similar drivers.
    i wouldnt worry about it too much if everything runs ok.
  13. latergator116 macrumors 68000


    Sep 30, 2003
    Providence, RI
    I wouldn't be too worried about it. Apple system profiler states my card as a Rage even thought it is a Radeon 7500.
  14. jdogg707 macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2004
    The card is a Mobility 9700, it is based off of the RV360 Core and is revision M11. It is basically the equivalent to a 9600XT desktop card.

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