Macbook pro 15" Battery life

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by vslo, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. vslo macrumors regular

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    Hi,
    Im getting soon a 15"macbook pro, the 330M with 512mb version. I was told that the GPU changes automatically from the intel integrated to the 330M, but I was wondering if I could use JUST the 330M, I mean, to switch off the intel integrated completely . And if I can, can you guys tell me how much of my battery life I will lose ?
    I am asking this because I went to an Apple store and tried a few 15" new models, and the intel integrated is all way sluggish and choppy.
    Thank you in advance!
     
  2. Tsquare macrumors member

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    Do a google search for gfxcardstatus
    It will allow you to switch to which ever one you want.
     
  3. vslo thread starter macrumors regular

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    But the option to disable the integrated one through system preferences , like in the old macbook pro with 9400M+9600M GT , isn't present anymore ? I remember we could choose between battery life and high performance. Is this still available , or only with this software you recommended I can do this ?
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    The 2010 MBPs have two options (System Preferences > Energy Saver > Battery life / Performance), one to use the 330M exclusively, the other is to use the Intel + 330M, as the OS sees fit. Thus GFXcardstatus gives you the option to really choose the Intel or the 330M card.
     
  5. HLdan macrumors 603

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    In System Preferences are you checking in the Energy Saver? It should be there, I have a new 15" Core i5 MBP. If you uncheck this option it will only use the 330M.
     

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  6. Vihzel macrumors 6502

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    How much of a battery drain is the 330M vs. the Intel?
     
  7. vslo thread starter macrumors regular

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    THats what I really want to know, How long the battery will last if I use ONLY the 330M. And if using the 512mb version will cost me more than the 256 mb version. If it does, how much ?
    I know that with the automatic switching it can last for 8-9 hours , as Apple claims. My fear is that using only the 330M will cost me more that 2 of those 9 hours, and reduce significantly the battery efficiency.
     
  8. Identity Fraud macrumors 6502

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    If you were just browsing the web why not try the app that locks it into the integrated chip and see how long it lasts?
     
  9. djasterix macrumors 6502a

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    I 'm getting 6 to 7 hours on 330+intel, but ony 4 to 5 with the 330 exclusively
     

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