Originally Posted by Lukeskymac
Ok, after the initial shock, those specs aren't bad at all, if true. Anand Tech's tests show that the SB IGP is as good as a ATI 5450 (low-end dedicated), so they are actually a tad better than the 320M.
That was for the low quality scores. When they bumped up to medium quality, Sandy Bridge was slower than the 320M and 5450. They got an unplayable frame rate from Mafia 2, which would suggest 20FPS whereas the 320M manages close to 30FPS also Notebookcheck couldn't even get the game to run at all.
The main concern is that Intel has now locked people back into the same cycle of empty promises and lower quality graphics performance. With the Ivy Bridge die shrink, they could have made a huge increase but they are obviously focusing on getting everyone on quad-core CPUs and it seems they plan to increase from 12 to 16 EUs and not 24, which means just 30% increase in performance.
So basically, games like Mafia 2 will be playable next year. Apple's decision here can't just be to do with cost because Asus have a 2.66GHz i5 with a 1GB Geforce 540M for $700:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115987
Apple charge $1000 for just an Intel IGP and a slower i5. There's no reason for them to choose to give poor quality chips to people buying a Macbook 'Pro'. Why put a DVD drive in there over a dedicated GPU?
I'm ok with the name Thunderbolt for the new connection though. It's not as good as Firewire but it works and gets across the impression of speed. If they use an optical connection (which the name would imply) then they might have a faster connection than Light Peak, which comes in a copper implementation first.
It does seem odd why they'd put this new feature on the laptops alongside ethernet and FW800 though.