nvidia geforce gt330m vs intel iris pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by a9205, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. a9205 macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2009
    Hi everyone,

    I was seriously tempted to upgrade my current 2010 15" MBP to the baseline 15" rMBP. Only concern was the lack of a discrete graphics card. I understand it is still a decent chip provided you don't work with 3d graphic intensive work etc. I regularly connect my MBP (with a nvidia geforce gt330m) to a 55" tv run 1080p videos etc. I was just wondering a) would the rMBP handle this easily and b) is the iris pro intact superior to the gt330m.

  2. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Yes, it is clearly superior to 330m and you don't need a fast graphics card to have an external screen or playing 1080p videos.
  3. Wuiffi macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2011
    Intel Iris Pro is running circles round the 330M. Running video on an external 1080p display probably won't even let the fans spin up
  4. Dovahkiing macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2013
    The Iris Pro is inferior to the GT650M from the previous generation retina/classic MBPs, but not by much. It's definitely plenty more powerful than the 330M.
  5. simon48 macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    I don't know exact numbers, but the 750m is 3-4 times faster gaming then the 330m. The Iris Pro is almost able to keep up with the 750m at low to medium settings, but it is only half as good I high settings. Anyway, I'd say the Iris Pro is at least 2 times faster then the 330m.

    I'll be able to give benchmarks comparing the 330m, Iris Pro and 750m later next week, but that's a long way off for someone getting a new Mac (toy). :p
  6. iKrivetko macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2010
    It's not just superior, it wipes the floor with the 330. In fact, it's superior to the 6770 of the late 2011 model.
  7. yangchewren macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2012
    Would love to see these benchmarks.
  8. cramazing macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2012
  9. Oirectine macrumors regular


    Aug 11, 2003
    I just updated from that same graphics card in my 2010 17" Macbook Pro to a Haswell 13" Retina Macbook Pro. Even the non-Pro, regular Iris is superior. And I can confirm that even when watching 1080p videos on an external display, the fans don't audibly engage at all! It's dead quiet for that. On the other hand, my 2010 sounds like 747 preparing for takeoff when I watch 1080p with it.
  10. UBS28 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2012
    I think something is wrong with your 2010 MBP? My 2010 15" MBP is dead quiet when watching 1080p.
  11. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    There is a big difference between watching 1080p in vlc on an external screen and doing so on qt with only the intel gpu active. At least on mine. A 747 is a bit of an overstatement but there is a big difference between the two setups.
  12. simon48 macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    I won't have my new rMBP until later next week, but you can piece it to together.

    This shows the Iris Pro vs the 650m. You can see how the 650m pulls away at higher settings. The 750m will be very close to the 650m, the 750m might have a little boost over the 650m on higher settings.

    This post has Cinebench scores for the 750m and the Iris Pro.

    The 330m gets ~15 fps in the OpenGL Cinebench test.

    Is isn't the best comparison, but it's the best I can do right now. Only having one of the three GPUs being compared and not having the new AnandTech review yet makes it a bit hard. :p

    AnandTech should have a review up next week. I'm sure they'll have some good tests.

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