Originally Posted by Kali
, that's really NOT a problem, since I can already play it perfectly on the mini (9600M), with 90 FPS and all rendering options set to best. So with the 320M (which is supposed to be about twice the performances of the 9600M), I should be in heaven !
The 320M is slightly slower than the 9600M but you'll still get about 80FPS or so.
It sounds like you've decided you'd prefer the MBA already. The i5 in the MBP is certainly 85% faster but if it's something you will carry about a lot, the MBA weighing half will be a huge bonus.
People often think of computer purchases as though you have to make the right decision the first time and if you make a mistake you're screwed. If you have it for 2 months and find it's too slow, you will get about 80% of the value on eBay so you can buy another machine.
I think in either 2011 or 2012, the Macbook, MBP and MBA line will converge into the MBA style.
They have 256GB on-board space this year and will get 512GB next year for the same price. That's enough that they can discontinue hard drives in the entire laptop lineup in 2011 although cost compromises may have to be made elsewhere:
1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
128GB Flash Storage
2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
250GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
Next year, they can put in 256GB for the same price in the MBA. Of course the Macbook and Macbook Pro would use the standard CPU/GPU chips.
I wonder what happened to the MB and MBP this year - the MB has been updated every year for the past 7 years in either October or November and the MBP is often updated round the same time.
If they pulled out a design change to be similar to the MBA without an optical sometime in November that would be nice. They could of course fit low capacity SSD chips as the boot drive with HDD bays and keep a more squared off design. But by dropping the optical, they get more room for adjusting the internals.
Dropping ethernet and FW800 would allow them to make a square design the same as the thickest point of the MBA. They'd just need to adopt USB 3 and provide a solution to capture footage from tape camcorders via an adaptor.
Sandy Bridge + NVidia IGP:http://www.techspot.com/news/40143-n...dy-bridge.html
That means 2.5GHz Core i5 on the low end.