Macbook air with 17w chip and discrete GPU?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Duke15, May 18, 2011.

  1. Duke15, May 18, 2011
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    Duke15 macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2011
    Ive been reading all the threads lately about the possible specs of the new macbook air. I'm wondering if anyone thinks that apple may choose to go with a ULV intel SB chip and add a discrete GPU instead of going with a LV chip. The ULV icore chips have the same tdp as the SL9400 currently being used, so technically they could use a chip with the same tdp as the 320. This would only work for the 13inch which is one reason I think it probably won't happen. Also what do you think of apple offering two versions of the 13 inch, one with a LV chip and one with a ULV chip and a discrete GPU?

    icore7 2637M = 17w 1.7ghz tb 2.8ghz just announced (apparently with better graphics capabilities)
    icore7 2677M = 17w 1.8ghz tb 2.9ghz just announced (apparently with better graphics capabilities)
    icore5 2537M = 17w

    Not sure what discrete GPU chips would be compatible but I did see someone say there is at least one, cant remember the brand though.

    Personally I think the the 13inch will get the 25w icore7 processors, and the 11inch will get the 17w icore5 and icore7 chips. I also thinkthat both will have TB replace the miniDP, and that they wont bring back the backlit keyboard.

    Im new to this stuff so please don't rip my head off if this is completely rediculous, also if it is possible would you prefer the 17w with discrete GPU or the 25W?
  2. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    I think the main issue is that there's no physical space for a discrete GPU
  3. leftywamumonkey macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
    +1. Finding room especially in the 11.6" can deem to be very difficult.
  4. nebulos macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2010
    some others on here apparently have this same hope.

    i say it's crazy.

    but you can keep your head. mine's too big as it is.

    and welcome to the pointless madness that is the MR MBA forum.
  5. darknite38 macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2010
    No discrete GPU, integrated GPU it will be. If they wont put a discrete in the 13" MBP they DEFINITELY won't put it in a smaller 11" macbook air.
  6. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    The usable space inside the MBA is so small that I can't see Apple fitting one inside. I could imagine it if the design wasn't so tapered, but it is, and Apple isn't going to change that aspect of the MBA just so that they can replace the slower Intel IGP with a slow GPU. ;)

    Also, if the new chip in the 11" MBP uses 17 W, and a discrete graphics card uses 10-12 W, how are they going to make up for the lower battery life? Are they going to (somehow) add a discrete graphics card, then find even more room for a larger battery? :confused:
  7. leonw macrumors member


    Mar 20, 2011
    at home
    Welcome to the club.
    'Love is in the air'
  8. Duke15 thread starter macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2011
    Thanks for the replys and welcoming. I guess theres no way they would put a discrete GPU or integrated GPU in the 13inch and not in the 11inch like they do with the mbps(13inch v 15 and 17inch)
  9. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    mba is not to be meant to be a power house..i highly highly doubt there will be a discrete that would take the spotlight off of the new MBP
  10. Maven1975 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
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    There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel with the GPU issue.

    If the new Air gets thunderbolt, and if Apple implements it, there are external GPUs in development that attach via thunderbolt.
  11. striker33 macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2010
    They'll cost a truckload on relelase, but I wouldnt say no to an external GTX580 or 6970 ;)

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