MacBook Pro 13" 2012 Limited to 3 GB/s?

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  1. ssn637 macrumors 6502

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    Can anyone please verify this?

    http://www.allvoices.com/contribute...-pro-13inch-ivy-bridge-release-handson-review

    If true, I would definitely stay away from the new models. Apparently, the Intel 4000 graphics performance isn't exactly stellar either, but I've yet to find any real benchmarks. Although the MacBook Air does provide a 6 GB/s SATA interface, I'd expect its graphics performance to suffer due to a higher resolution display and ULV CPU processor.

    What incentives do current 13" MacBook Pro owners have to upgrade? Thunderbolt? Mountain Lion? I just don't see it. Please forgive my pessimism.
     
  2. Mojo1, Jun 13, 2012
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    Mojo1 macrumors 65816

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    There are technical reviews of the HD 4000 GPU online. The HD 4000 is faster and includes support for OpenGL and OpenCL, which the HD 3000 does not support. The OpenGL and OpenCL support is a nice addition for apps that take advantage of those processes.

    I'm all for saving $$$ and I usually purchase previous-generation Macs at nice discounts. But the Ivy Bridge CPU and Intel HD 4000 have me leaning toward a base model 13" MBP. I plan on keeping the new MBP 3-5 years.
     
  3. ssn637 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    These are the only HD 4000 GPU benchmarks I was able to find for mobile systems (Notebook Check):

    Standard 1280x1024 3D Mark06 Score
    ThinkPad X230 3320M 4096 MB 350 - 1200 / 800MHz Score 4324
    Vostro 3360 3317U 6144 MB 350 / 800MHz Score 4799
    UX32VD 3317U 6144 MB Score 4840

    Those scores are less than my current NVidia 320M (5300 Windows 7 x64)

    I hope benchmarks for the MacBook Pro will be available soon.

    But limiting the SSD SATA interface to 3 GB/s makes no sense. This is probably an error on the part of the review source.
     
  4. Mojo1, Jun 13, 2012
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    Mojo1 macrumors 65816

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    I found a bunch of HD4000 via a Google search. But all the info was based on Windows computers. And most of them are focused on the gaming performance of the GPU.

    AnandTech sees the HD 4000 as a significant improvement over the HD 3000: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5192/ivy-bridge-mobile-lineup-overview

    This Macrumors thread may have some info: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1306745

    HD 3000 vs. HD 4000:

    http://compare-processors.com/rank/...+3000=on&Intel+HD+Graphics+4000=on&cp=Compare

    http://compare-processors.com/forum/hd-graphics-3000-vs-hd-graphics-4000-benchmark-t319.html

    Be patient. Reviews comparing the HD4000 to the HD3000 in MBPs will show up shortly.
     
  5. Peter. macrumors member

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    I saw this earlier as well. Does that mean the SSD wouldn't reach it's full potential on the new 13" MBP?
     
  6. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Does the non-retina 15" MacBook Pro also face this problem?
     
  7. samac92 macrumors 6502a

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    This has happened before and Apple addressed it with a firmware update.
     
  8. Zwikker macrumors regular

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    If it's a software issue then it's fixable thru a firmwire update. If not yhen it's a shocker
     

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