Will the New MBA's Have A Weaker GPU?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by rmbrown09, May 11, 2011.

  1. rmbrown09 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2010
    Like the MBP 13" line, it went from what we have now (a GT 330m) to HD 3000 Intel integrated graphics. These bench weaker than the previous gen Nvidia counter part.

    Could we see weaker GPU's? I already have a hard enough time playing Portal and CSS. Obviously i5's and i7's are in the next lot, but without a decent GPU, I am going to be very sad.
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    The HD3000 in the MBPs is almost exactly the same as the 320m it replaced. However in the lower voltage chips, it has reduced clocks, so it's possible that the GPU would be a bit weaker.
  3. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    Yes, the graphics may take a wee bit of a hit, but the tradeoff will be for vastly superior CPU performance. For further information, please see one of the dozens of existing threads on this topic.
  4. mayhone1 macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2011
    Maybe but if it happens i'm sure we'll have something better in the trade off!:apple:
  5. Stuart in Oz macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    Going from memory of reviews I've read, but doesn't the new HD3000/Core i combination shift most video processing tasks onto dedicated hardware for the first time?

    ie: Gaming performance may well take a hit but video playback, encoding and transcoding are supposed to be significantly improved in speed with reduced power consumption? Which covers by far the most common graphics-intensive operations most people undertake.
  6. BENJMNS macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2005
    fellas, it's going to be meet or exceed current specs i guarantee it
  7. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    buy a 15" MBPro and be happy :D
  8. karlth macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    I think you'll find that the most graphic-intensive operations most people undertake is game playing. Video playback doesn't really stress the newer cpus if that is all you are doing.
  9. Oppressed macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    Keep in mind the driver support for the 320m is much better than the IG3000.
  10. JusChexin, May 14, 2011
    Last edited: May 14, 2011

    JusChexin macrumors member

    May 28, 2009
    Out of total ignorance/curiosity, is it possible that updated drivers could be issued/developed in the future or are the current drivers for the IG3000 as good as it gets for that integrated GPU?
  11. Oppressed macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    I'm sure drivers will develop with time, but that is only half the battle. The companies who make the programs have to make their programs work well with Intel IGP. This is something that doesn't have much support in the past, and it has mostly been with nVidia and AMD. Although now that Intel is shoving their IGP down people's throats then these companies will have to adapt.

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