OpenCL, will it make the macbook pro "snappier" for basic tasks?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by vader1990, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. vader1990 macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    Oct 2008. 2.4Ghz Macbook Pro. Will the implementation of OpenCL in Snow Leopard make the computer feel snappier for day-to-day tasks such as e-mail, web browsing, office, etc? Basically do what a fast SSD does, but not so extreme of course?

    Also will switching to the 9600m and sacrificing the battery life really be worth it then for basic tasks?

    If these questions can't be answered as of now because nobody knows, that's ok, I was simply curious. Thanks none-the-less.
     
  2. Joruus macrumors member

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    OpenCL is usefull for things like Video Encoding or Folding@Home, distributed.net, Seti@Home and so on.
     
  3. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    Probably not, at least not to a significant degree. You will likely see a BIG speedup in a few tasks, and little to no effect everywhere else.
     
  4. Ploki macrumors 68000

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  5. aleksandra. macrumors 6502a

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    No, the benefits of OpenCL will only be in applications which use it, and it'll only help with processor-intensive tasks. If you look at CPU usage during basic tasks, it rarely reaches 10%. You don't need more processing power then, which is what OpenCL offers. SSD on the other hand gives you faster access to data stored on it, so whenever you need to read from drive - opening files, launching apps etc. - it's done faster. Even if you had much more processing power, you'll still be limited by the drives input/output at these times, so no, OpenCL will not make your computer snappier.
     

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