Resolved MBP 15 Inch ATI 6970 Not in Use

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DeadLegend, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. DeadLegend, Aug 9, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2011

    DeadLegend macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2011
    I just got my mbp and when I looked in my system profiler, I found that my ATI 6970 1GB card was not the default, and appeared to not be in use. Is this a normal setting, can I change it, will the ati card kick in when it is necessary?
  2. pianist1016 macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
  3. DeadLegend thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2011

    Thats what I thought would happen, thank you for confirming.
  4. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    gfxCardStatus is a great utility for checking and assigning which video card your MBP is using. Its a good way to save power when you are unplugged.
  5. blazeken996 macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2009
    Hold on... How did you get a 6970m in a 15 Inch? I thought it only came with 6750 or 6490?
  6. redsteven macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2006
    lol I was about to say the same thing

  7. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    maybe he was dreaming he had a 6970M.
    A GPU that sucks more power than the MBP power adapter can provide. It would be quite useless such a Notebook.

    @op Seriously use gfxCardStatus. The problem with Apple's idiotic autoswitching is not that the AMD GPU gets used but rather that it gets used for all kinds of stuff that it isn't necessary and just kills battery life. Run Skype in the Background and it seems to think the AMD GPU is necessary.

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