Turn off Automatic Graphic Switching on AC power?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stillmatic, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. stillmatic macrumors member

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    Just curious if you guys turn the feature off when you're connected to AC power..
     
  2. C64 macrumors 65816

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  3. stillmatic thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah if you go to System Preferences -> Energy Savings

    at the top there is an option Automatics Graphic Switching with a checkbox, then below it reads:

    "When automatic switching is disabled, your computer will always use high-performance graphics. This may decrease battery life."

    I think the issue people are having is that when they're on battery power, they don't want it to use their discrete card, only the integrated.

    So, just curious who uses the 330M GT always on AC power?
     
  4. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Why bother? It's not like your performance will increase more than it already is if you disable that option. If the GPU is needed it will have kicked in either way.
     
  5. stillmatic thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah true, i guess i figured the OS would run smoother if i had the 330M GT running the whole time, but you're right..
     
  6. wdwyer macrumors newbie

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    I did find a difference in performance when viewing video over wifi from Netflix, was not able to view full screen until I unchecked the auto switch preference, annoying, and this while plugged in. Would be nice if auto switching was disabled while using AC power supply, or at least offer the choice. Also, in this case the GPU did not send instruction to switch to discreet GPU, makes me wonder if other programs will suffer. I also noticed a major difference in opening PS file (80/mb) when switching was checked and than unchecked, substantial difference. Maybe my MBP is not operating correctly.
     
  7. softworn macrumors newbie

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    Why does this useless feature keep turning itself back on every time I disable it? Someone at Apple must be a huge fan of the spinning beach ball because that is the only use this crappy Intel feature provides -- a guaranteed multiple hour long session of staring at a spinning beach ball. Seriously, ****** you, Apple and Intel.

    If Apple wasn't so damn greedy they would support AMD chips and make better use of system resources instead of relying on a USELESS feature which toggles back and forth between the dedicated and on-die GPU's, but AMD apparently isn't able to produce enough chips in time for Apple to rush out machines... they're just good enough to produce a GPU. That makes all of the sense in the world. :rolleyes:
     
  8. mikelly3614 macrumors newbie

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  10. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    You are asking someone (softworn) for information. They have not been on this forum since June 2012. I do not think they will answer your question.

    You might have better luck to start a new thread with your problem and question so people do not have to wade through the previous 8 posts to get to your question.
     
  11. mikelly3614 macrumors newbie

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    I was hoping to get a direct answer from softworn.
     
  12. mikelly3614 macrumors newbie

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    I'll also start a new thread though. thanks!
     

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