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What I really want to know is how the performance of the new graphics chipset stacks up against GMA 950. GMA X3100 uses 144MB of system memory rather than 64MB so something has to be better.

Yes we need 3D benchs too. MacBook are fine, i'm interested in GMAx3100!
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Yes we need 3D benchs too. MacBook are fine, i'm interested in GMAx3100!


Yes, please someone provide some benchies! I'd specifically like to know if and how well it runs Second Life at native or 800x600 resolution.

Thanks,

Switchy McSwitcher
post #43 of 46
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Yes we need 3D benchs too. MacBook are fine, i'm interested in GMAx3100!

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Yes, please someone provide some benchies! I'd specifically like to know if and how well it runs Second Life at native or 800x600 resolution.

Thanks,

Switchy McSwitcher

What they said. Instead of transforming this thread into a gladiator field, please anyone post precise tests of the new graphics. This is the most substantial part of the update.
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What they said. Instead of transforming this thread into a gladiator field, please anyone post precise tests of the new graphics. This is the most substantial part of the update.

Below is a chart comparing previous and current graphics cards in MacBooks and MacBook Pros. Data was taken from www.notebookcheck.net.




I'm not too hopeful about the x3100. My guess is that Intel doesn't have enough experience to write graphics drivers that will even take advantage of what the hardware does have to offer.

-Switchy McSwitcher
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I'm not too hopeful about the x3100. My guess is that Intel doesn't have enough experience to write graphics drivers that will even take advantage of what the hardware does have to offer.

-Switchy McSwitcher

The 3DMark 05 and 06 are the most relevant benchmarks. You see substantial improvement there. 05/06 tests the areas where the X3100 differs (besides just clock cycles) from the 950...like shaders.

The score is still pretty sad but a 3 fold increase means somewhat more accurate rendering (assuming the drivers are good) and well double the unusable frame rates.

Presumably the scores are taken with the crappy Intel drivers. When and if they become less crappy they should...well, not change a whole lot really.

But the real objective is that games like WoW go from marginal to somewhat less marginal on the MB. If that happens its a big win.
post #46 of 46
Yes, I'm grave-digging by reviving this thread, but I'm wondering if anyone knows if any work is being done to update the x3100 drivers in an attempt to allow the Macbook to run Second Life. Word on the street is that it currently crashes after less than a minute of use.

See http://discussions.apple.com/thread....sageID=5965320

Thanks,

Switchy McSwitcher
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