MacBook Air, On-Board GFX

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ripkord, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. ripkord macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2007
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Hi guys what do you make of the on-board graphics - think it will handle 720p at a decent bitrate (say 4000kb/s) ??

    I have a '05 powerbook with a 9700 gfx card in it and that struggles.....
    I would like to watch the odd HD movie in bed now and then :)

  2. garethlewis2 macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2006
    It will chew through h.264 as the X3100 can decode this in hardware. The 9700 does not have silicon to do this. Apart from that the X3100 is severely underpowered compared to the 9700.
  3. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    It's the same as the late '07 Sant Macbooks - Intel GMA X3100

    It's not amazing (only just copes with most games) but it'll do the job fine.

    720p is probably going to be a problem. Anything bigger (and with more pixels) than say a 26" screen and the 3100 probably won't be able to cope.

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