MBP GPU timeline: will the 9400M be replaced?

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  1. ryanrul macrumors member

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    Are there any wise rumors circulating about how the graphics cards in the MBPs will evolve over the next 6 - 12 months? Is there a sense that the 9400M will be replaced with something better?
     
  2. bry223 macrumors regular

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    Most likely with the GTX 200M line during the next refresh, wich should happen around Q1 of next year.
     
  3. ryanrul thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the info.

    Will the 200 series be a significant improvement?
    (did a google search for GTX 200M vs 9400M and this thread was in the top 5 results ;)

    I have a chance to sell my 2008 MBP (8600) and upgrade to the latest 15" but after doing some research and finding that the 9400M is a severe downgrade in graphics I am thinking of waiting.
     
  4. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

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    Lol.... unless I'm much mistaken the GTX 200M line is not a line of integrated graphics chips.

    The 9400 is.
     
  5. bry223 macrumors regular

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    That's my mistake, I was referring to the GT200M line
     
  6. ryanrul thread starter macrumors member

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    Will the GT200M line be a big improvement over the current 9400M?
     
  7. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

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    Lol oh... ok. I thought you were just aiming really high lol :)
     
  8. bry223 macrumors regular

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    From what I've gathered it's small. The base GT210M is on par with the 9500M wich offers a small performance increase over the 9400M.
     
  9. applemax macrumors 65816

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    What's the 512MB 9600M GT like compared to the 8600 GT in the older MacBook Pro? And how does the 9600 handle games like GTA IV and CoD4? Thanks
    :D
     
  10. bry223 macrumors regular

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    lol I wouldn't mind having a high end GPU in an entry level macbook, but than I'd be dreaming :(
     
  11. reallynotnick macrumors 6502a

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    Idk why you are trying to compare the 9400m to the 8600m, look at the higher up model with the 9600m that is the comparable new model.
    But I do agree whatever they come out with in Q1 will most likely have a newer processor.
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    MCP99 is going to be the replacement on Intel Nehalem/Westmere Platforms.

    ION2 was scheduled for the Fall quarter on Core 2/Atom systems with twice the shaders over MCP79 (32 vs. 16) The ION2 branding will probably encompass MCP89 (Core 2/Atom) and MCP99 (Nehalem/Westmere) to attract maximum attention

    I expect MCP99 to have 32 shaders as well and sharing off of DDR3 system RAM.
     
  13. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah... Apple will never put a high-end card in a laptop (or even as standard in a desktop), even their Pro line; they never have. They've always done mainstream cards, ever since they started using 3D Acceleration starting with ATI Rage in the PowerBook G3. Also note that a high-end card wouldn't work as it has a TDP way too high for the thin MB/MBP enclosure.

    Honestly idk why ATI is still calling them Radeons, time for a new name =P
     
  14. auhlixer macrumors regular

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    Good

    i hate integrated
     
  15. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

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    Lol I suppose, but they're cheaper and going to continue to be in the MB. The 9400M is a huge step up from the Intel GM950 and 4500.

    On the other hand that's why I made sure my Lenovo had a Radeon 3650 :D
     
  16. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It is the best IGP out there though.

    You'd have to overclock a 780/785G rather high to compete. Yes I've overclocked AMD chipset IGPs. I know someone that almost hit 1000 MHz on a 780G with a custom northbridge heatsink. The limitation was the voltage to it.
     

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