Is Ivy Bridge graphics better than 2010 MBA Nvidia 320m?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Jobsian, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. Jobsian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
    Anyone have any info/speculation about this?

    It seems to be that the 2011 MBA integrated Intel GPU (Intel HD 3000) is slightly worse than the 2010 MBA Nvidia 320m, and that Ivy Bridge won't be a monumental graphics update over Sandy Bridge, hence my question.
  2. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
  3. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    As far as i know the ivy bridge graphics hasn't been benched yet.
    Intel Integrated graphics has done quantum leaps with the last few chipsets.
    (from x3100-> Intel 4500 (arrandale) -> Intel HD3000(sandy bridge)

    The Intel HD3000 isn't much slower than the 320M, and my guess is that the next revision is faster than the 320M.
    The IB would on other aspects be much faster, seeing as SB is already twice as fast as the C2D was.

    However, if graphics performance is your goal, then the MBA would be the wrong machine to get anyway.
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    The GPU in Ivy Bridge is rumored to be 60% faster than the HD3000 in Sandy Bridge (at least that is what Intel is saying, so even cutting that in half you are looking at at least 30% faster). However, the improvements do not stop there. Intel is supposedly adding OpenCL to their GPU in Ivy Bridge. This will be huge for Apple since just about everything is rendered using OpenCL on the Mac.

    So yes, the integrated graphics of Ivy Bridge will be much faster on the Mac than Sandy Bridge.

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