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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tyua, May 14, 2012.
Any leaks about the GPU of the incoming MBP 17' ?
But Im guessing AMD Radeon HD 6800 or 6900M series.
Probably the 6870M or the 6950M.
But again, this is just an assumption.
I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Apple use nVidia chips this time around. I believe the latest offerings are quite cool running and power conservative, which would work well with Apple's model.
I gather the 17" is being booted from the lineup due to lack of interest. I'm not surprised looking at the shipment figures, but it's disappointing as it's a great machine.
Charlie Demerjian at Semiaccurate says Apple are moving to Nvidia for this generation of MacBook Pros [link]. Given Charlie's industry 'moles', and his pathological hatred of Nvidia, you can pretty-much guarantee this was correct when it was written in November 2011. Since then Nvidia have had problems manufacturing their Kepler GPUs in quantities sufficent for Apple [link].
I don't know how quickly Apple could re-engineer the MacBook Pros for AMD GPUs (which have no manufacturing constraints), but if Apple go with Nvidia it could be a 640M or 650M, and if they go with AMD it could be a 7770M.
AMD (ATI) 7xxx series GPU's. You can count on it
..and no, the 17" MBP is not discontinued. Done a lot of research and follow up, there is no way it's being dropped from the Ivy Bridge line up.
I've disliked NVidia for their performance/watt deficits compared to AMD and the way they handle the 8600m fiasco but I have to admit, the Keplers make a lot more sense than anything AMD has right now.
The "leaks" to 9to5mac about the new MBPs suggested they have Nvidia 650M GTs.
Very possible judging from the post on 9to5Mac
If it's AMD, then it will be something from the upper 7xxxm series.
My bet's on two hampsters with a book of matches. This is MacRUMORS
I am a bit partial to nVidia but AMD is fine as well.
However, isn't the nVidia 650m and 660m just a Fermi card rebranded? I thought the mobile Kepler cards started at 670m?
Lastly, I thought the rumor was that the 670m was going to be in the new MBPs?
EDIT: Sorry, I thought the 650/660 were Fermi based cards.
Apparently none of you run games under Windows.
NVIDIA driver support is beautiful. That alone makes the NVIDIA cards far more desirable than the AMD cards. I can't find any AMD driver support for my 6750M past 11.4, which is over a year old.
The NVIDIA GTX 660M is excellent at power conservation and is the fastest mobile 28nm (Kepler) GPU at this time.
There are more rumors about the 17'' MBP being discontinued than rumors about possible new GPUs.
Apart from that, people here seem to be dreaming about all sorts of GPUs, without thinking about the TDP constraints. The MBP power supply can do 85W, and the cooling system already has a hard time keeping up with that. The GPU can at most take 40W, so the best that can be done is a 640M/650M nvidia GPU or a 77XXm Radeon.
Really? I had no problems. I bought Skyrim for Xmas and installed the beta AMD 12.1 drivers right away. I've been using beta drivers ever since. Seriously, they run great! Without booting into BC I think I'm running 12.3-ish...
I would be more than willing to help point you in the right direction if you want.
the 650m is an underclocked 660m, do with an overlclock to 835Hz and u have a Gt 660m!
I thought they only mentioned the 640m...
(even so, I hope for the 650m,
or at least to have the option for it )
Nah it was a 650M GT, they're gonna need it if it's Retina.
Yes indeed, I looked it up, and the rumors indeed said it was the 650M