rMBP incremental update to include 800, thoughts

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  1. ZLurker, Jun 12, 2014
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    ZLurker macrumors regular

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    Hi all,

    I'm looking at the rmbp and think i'll buy one in the near future and have some thoughts about it. Im trying to find information to decide if i should buy the current one or wait.

    Since it seems like the intels broadwell aimed for the rmbp won't come until 2015Q1 i don't see a redesign this fall. But one thing that might show up is the new geforce 800 maxwell graphics.

    Is there any previous example where Apple put in a new graphics platform in a mid cycle update? Together with price drops for upgrades in SSD and RAM i think that could be a sweet midcycle upgrade.

    Razor Blade is one example where the new 800 chipset is used.

    What are your thoughts?
     
  2. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    This has not happened in the past. The best I can offer is an upgrade of the GPU within the same platform, e.g. the 6490M was upgraded to 6750M in the late 2011 models.
     
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Never ever going to happen.

    Apple will only update both processor & GPU architecture together, and not either one.
     
  4. hallux macrumors 68020

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    Considering a new GPU will require redesigning the traces on the board, they'll want to hold off on the GPU update until they're doing a new board design. A CPU spec bump won't require re-routing traces, just a simple swap of the CPU package they place on the board.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    I think introducing a new GPU for a speed bump is probably more work, cost and not worth the investment. That is the chipset will be replaced by Broadwell why spend a lot of money designing a new logicboard layout and buying new GPUs for something that will get refreshed later this year (or early next year).
     
  6. ZLurker thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you all for the input,
    i totally agree that it would be out of character for apple to do it.
    One could hope though :)

    I just wish that the lowest pricepoint for a discrete graphicscard wasn't so high. I think i'll wait untill next week to see if there is any updates when/if they do something with the iMac lineup.

    Otherwise ill just go for it.

    Thanks!
     

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