The GPU on Monetvina

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by luffytubby, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. luffytubby macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2008
    If/when(?) MB gets updated to the Montevina platform, does that mean that it wont use X3100 anymore?

    If so, will the new onboard GPU be stronger, and if so... How much? I heard someone say that it has a feature to be able to use DDR3 ram!? Would apple ever do that, or are the prices still to high?
  2. Matek macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2007
    Yes, the Montevina will bring both of the features you are mentioning.

    The GPU will be X4500, but don't get too excited about it, it's still an integrated solution. It should bring some slight improvement over the X3100, but nothing revolutionary. The only thing worth mentioning is hardware acceleration of decoding of VC-1 (used on BluRay) and AVC (basically H.264) codecs.

    DDR3 support will also come, it will be purely optional and I hope most laptop makers won't put it in their machinec. It's still very young, much more expensive then DDR2 and does not outperform it.
  3. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Based on early benchmarks of prototype hardware, the X4500 is not quite twice as fast as the X3100 in 3DMark 2006 and about on-par with the nVidia 8400M G.
  4. luffytubby thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2008

    So... So an X4500 will give the same performance as having a 8400m ?

    If so, then aint that an amazing thing? 8400 is not the strongest card but in the world but damn... for an integrated chip.. aint that revolutionary?

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