Refresh Q1 2014 with dGPU?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by UBS28, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. UBS28 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2012
    Back in 2009, 15" MBP had no dedicated GPU's unless you paid extra. When Maxwell arrives in 2014 Q1, will there be an option to have a dedicated GPU? (the new GPU from NVIDIA will be running circles around Iris Pro)

    (So next month the Haswell rMBP with Iris Pro launches. And then a few months later in Q1 2014, an option is made available to use a Maxwell Nvidia GPU alongside the Iris Pro).
  2. UBS28 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2012
    Anyone think this could happen?

    So Q4 2013:
    - rMBP Iris Pro in all configurations.

    But for Q1 2014
    - rMBP Iris Pro + optional 850m GPU (you got pay extra for this option)

    We have seen this in the older 2009 MBP when you had a standard 9400m integrated GPU with the option of adding a 9600m GPU if you paid extra.
  3. Atomic Walrus macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2012
    Maxwell GPUs will not be available in Q1 in any sufficient quantities. This will likely be similar to the 600 series launch; Extremely limited availability until later into the year. And that's just for the core products (GTX 880/870) which will launch before mobile parts are available (again, when I say available I mean in sufficient quantities to be used by Apple to manufacture the number of machines they require for a product launch).
  4. Vanilla35 macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    If so it wouldn't launch with Iris pro alongside. It would be with the HD 4600. But my reasoning for this not happening is because if they wanted a similar situation to this, then Iris Pro will likely be the base model, and dGPU (+ HD 4600) in higher model currently. It would mean a lower performing high end model this year (compared to Maxwell GPU), but it's much more efficient then simply releasing two models, one of which has sub-par performance (Iris Pro) even in the high end.
  5. Mr MM macrumors 65816

    Mr MM

    Jun 29, 2011
    hardly believe that they will actually be able to get their hands on maxwell specially given that I don't believe that the gpus that will be used for notebooks will be launched by them

    not that it makes sense for apple to wait even more for it

    there is a chat that intel aint delivering enough cpus, thats why most of the enterprise class has been delayed for so long, not that its unusual, they lag a couple of months from consumer, but they are not even going to be available in large quantities when they launch in october.

    dell and hp are the ones that spilled the beans on that one, despite that hp did start offering the zbook, but not all the models, not with all the options, nor with the usual customisation options that you have with workstation class. lenovo only recently started selling the ulv machines the normal tdp are not available and will only launch in october and we are not sure what is going to be october or later.

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