MBA 11" Video Card - How much better than 2011?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Sean Dempsey, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. Sean Dempsey macrumors 68000

    Sean Dempsey

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    I have a 2011 MBA Ultimate. It has always been sluggish when navigating around Photoshop docs with many layers, and of course barely plays Diablo 3.

    That being said - how big of an upgrade is the HD4000 graphics over the 3000? I bought the Retina MBP, but the size is annoying, I think I'd rather return it and go for the 11".

    Any real world tests of the HD4000 compared to the 3000, or people who have used both?
     
  2. LeGacY X macrumors member

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    I don't have any hard statistics for you, but after using a friends new 2012 11' Air, I could't get the machine to stutter at all in photoshop or iMovie, and portal ran better on his machine than my 2011 13' Air. :(
     
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    Glad to hear that :p

    Should be getting mine soon. Was his using i5 or i7?
     
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    He had the i7.
     
  7. currahee2100 macrumors member

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    I ran Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 on the new air.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlrkkiMJoDk&

    Take a look. FPS dropped by approx maybe 50% with the internal recorder. But Diablo 2 is very playable and the jump from the HD3000 to the 4000 is a significant jump because the HD 4000 has 33% more physical shaders.

    Slugginess browsing photoshop is usually due to a weaker cpu though.
     

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