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New MacBook GPU Made Available To All

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New MacBook GPU Made Available To All

A lot has been made of Apple's new MacBooks (finally) getting a decent graphics chip but now you won't need to splash out on one of the pricey aluminium monsters if you'd like to get your hands on one...

Yep, just two days after the Apple's big launch nVidia has made the much hyped GeForce 9400M GPU available to all notebook manufacturers and its design - which merges with a full mainboard chipset (including bus controller and memory) - should herald the arrival of even slimmer yet more powerful notebooks.

nVidia claims the 9400M will boast up to 5x the performance of Intel's GMA 4500MHD from its own 3D Mark Vantage tests as well as supporting the full range of GeForce 9 series features such as Shader Model 4 visuals, HD video decoding, Hybrid SLI, PhysX compatibility and the much heralded CUDA base.

Interestingly however nVidia hasn't come up with the usual raft of laptop partners in its release, though that seems only a matter of time and is probably connected to the ever secretive (if these days slightly more leaky) Apple privacy clauses.

Personally, I suspect we'll see a slew of announcements any minute...

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mr dog

October 16, 2008, 5:17 pm

It would definitely make for a nice change after all the recent focus on Intel and its Atom platform and will hopefully make for some choice when it comes to the slew of netbooks that are hitting the market every other day

HSC

October 16, 2008, 5:32 pm

hopefully these ones will be more reliable...

Technology changes, and so sho

October 16, 2008, 5:38 pm

Fine, the graphics performance is up, but how far does it diminish the battery life?


I get fed up with people claiming stock Intel is crap compared to dedicated solutions. When nVidia or AMD can produce a GPU that outperforms Intel (even slightly) AND improves on power consumption, THEN I'll take be impressed.

makotti

October 16, 2008, 11:10 pm

It doesnt diminish battery life, it actually comsumes less power than the G45.

Gnormie

October 17, 2008, 1:01 am

*Sits back to watch other manufacturers use this technology in laptops 1/3 of the cost*





In all seriousness though good job Apple on getting rid of those integrated intel chipsets for better ones from Nvidia, just hope they get some decent driver support.

Francesco Mastellone

October 17, 2008, 2:05 am

Not all that different from those other 9200M laptops I'm beginning to see but still good.

ilovethemonkeyhead

October 17, 2008, 2:50 am

as long as it means the end of intel's IGP tyranny... stupid things can't even play command and conquer generals with shadows turned on. evil little devices...

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