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While we've heard a lot about Apple's new low end 13-Inch MacBook Pro, there's been hardly any information about the upcoming 15" and 17" models. CNet provides a rundown of what they've heard about today's announcements.

First, as we've heard, Light Peak is officially being branded as "Thunderbolt". We've seen the photos already showing it on the 13" MacBook Pro.
Thunderbolt is a new interface that will let consumers connect peripheral devices that need to move a lot of data quickly, such as an array of disk drives, or an external device that requires very high-speed connections.
Thunderbolt will be found on the new MacBook Pros. Next, as we knew, Intel's latest Sandy Bridge processors will be used in the new MacBook Pros. And, the 13" MacBook Pro will only use Intel's integrated graphics chip.

CNet, however, also reveals that the 15" and 17" MacBook Pros will use AMD (formerly ATI) discrete graphics cards alongside Intel's integrated solution.
As in previous MacBook Pros, the discrete graphics chip is only fired up when heavy lifting is needed. When power savings is paramount or high-end graphics processing is not necessary, the system defaults to Intel's graphics.
CNet offers no specifics about which graphics cards Apple will be offering. Current 15" and 17" MacBook Pros have NVIDIA graphics cards built in.

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jav6454

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Good bye Woodscrews, 1.2kW PSUs, 10 min battery life, 1.7% yields, bomb threats, pork sholders, heater/egg cookers!!!

Finally, I fully support Apple's decision to include Radeon GPUs in their MacBook Pro line. It's about time they gave nVidia the boot for being a 2-bit company.

Now, I wonder which GPUs are they using, the 6800 or 6900 series mobility GPUs...
 
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levitynyc

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I want to see these suckers benchmarked before I even consider opening my wallet. I'm very skeptical of Intel's cards.
 
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aiqw9182

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Is this good news?

Absolutely!

Apple currently uses 23W GPU's in their MBP's. That means they would've used a 525M if they stuck with NVIDIA. Now they are going to be using a 6830M(24W) which kicks the complete snot out of the 525M.
 
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mozumder

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Ati?

Isn't the ATI brand fully retired at this point, replaced by the AMD name for the graphics line?
 
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Toxsin

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Is this rumor flow going to continue throughout the night?
I'm wanting to sleep at some point, but afraid I'll miss something.
 
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pderkay

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I have a Mobility Radeon 5870 in my Asus G73JH and have problems with it (GSOD) so I hope this time, they took the time to properly test it.

How is it with Apple and drivers? Do they use generic or have their own modified versions?
 
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ElCidRo

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So the 13" PRO will have Intel IGP? :eek:

Such a deal...

:rolleyes:

Who would have thought that the MBA would be better for gaming than the unrealeased 13" MBP.
Also faster in opening apps, booting, surfing and office :rolleyes:
 
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