relationship between Apple's notebooks division and Intel's graphics
division is looking more and more like a bad soap opera. Many
following the story will recall that Apple in 2008 its decision
to dump Intel's integrated graphics processors for the more
attractive NVIDIA graphics. Now the tables have turned,
with sources indicating
that Apple notebooks and NVIDIA are “on a break”. Reportedly,
Apple will be saddling back up with Intel iGPUs for the next
generation of MacBooks, and it will also be getting some action on
the side from AMD for its pricier MacBook Pros. That must be
pretty painful for NVIDIA, considering its CEO recently proclaimed
his love of Apple.The new MacBook models will reportedly
Sandy Bridge, the company's first notebook-aimed
system-on-a-chip, which features an iGPU clocked at between 650 MHz
to 850 MHz, with higher clock speeds available via turbo-boost.
The MacBook Pros will reported get one of the Radeon 63xx/65xx HD
discrete GPUs that were launched late last month.One key
reason why Apple may be kicking NVIDIA to the curb is Intel's promise
to change. More precisely, Intel has pledged to push OpenCL --
a GPU computing language -- out for Sandy Bridge in the near future.
Apple's Snow Leopard's performance is boosted by OpenCL, so many had
thought NVIDIA -- long the only producer of OpenCL products -- was a
lock for future Mac notebooks.Another reason may be
economics. AnandTech chief
Anand Shimpi is quoted in CNET as
stating, "I'd say...we can expect (about) 2x the performance of
[Sandy Bridge's] graphics. At that level of performance, I don't
see a need for discrete [standalone Nvidia or Advanced Micro Devices]
graphics at the very low end."NVIDIA presumably will
still have a place in Apple's desktops, though.If true, the
transition would mark the latest chapter in Intel's long and volatile
history with Apple in which rival suitors oft played a part.
While Apple long tried to resist Intel's CPUs, it found itself
irresistibly attracted to the company's superior performance and the
pair hooked up for the first time back
in 2005. Now with Intel reportedly preparing to give Apple
love on both the CPU and graphics front, the pair look to be more
committed than ever before.
quote: Sandy bridge gpu looks to perform like a radeon 5450, enough for a 13 inch macbook with few games available<./quote>Problem with Intel has always been the drivers. Judging by the frequent updates from nVidia and AMD, drivers are not an easy thing to do. Even with such regular updates, there are still issues. Intel seemingly never launches new drivers, but that's probably because it just doesn't matter. I just have my doubts that Intel can deliver on the software side.
quote: Judging by the frequent updates from nVidia and AMD, drivers are not an easy thing to do.
quote: Something about this smells political rather than technical. Some sales team made a special deal, or some exects set up a partnership. Something like that.
quote: Plus we all know intel graphics are crap.
quote: Please look at the actual facts before you spread lies, and mislead other people.
quote: PC's are currently several generations ahead of the consoles which seem to be holding us back a little graphically in games currently
quote: Don't expect to run 3D Mark 11 with any semblance of speed
quote: Personally I will stick to PC, where I, the consumer, not the manufacturer choose the hardware
quote: Pirks is a Mac enthusiast
quote: which lets any application tap into the vast gigaflops of GPU computing power
quote: Seems as if Steve Jobs' hate for Adobe will have reached a self-immolation level if this rumour is true. So we are going to have crippled (Intel) integrated-GPUs in Mac laptops just in time for the latest version of Adobe Flash which uses all the available power in the GPU? I expect to soon see pictures of SJ with his nose cut off and the bloody knife in his hand.
quote: ...with Intel iGPUs...