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Posted 02 November 2007 - 07:04 AM

Perhaps not wishing to steal the thunder from the current Leopard freight train, Apple has quietly updated their MacBook line of laptops. The bump this time around is minor, with the main shift being the move to the Santa Rosa platform. The new platform architecture includes an 800MHz FSB (up from 667) and an Intel GMA X3100 integrated graphic chip with 144MB of DDR2 SDRAM (up from a GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM).

Processors remain the Core2Duos, with a 2.2GHz processor replacing the older 2.16GHz one. The 2.0GHz is also still available. In addition, the laptops now feature support for up to 4GB of memory. For those looking for more storage space, a 250GB 5400rpm HD is now an option across the board and goes for $150.

The MacBook Pro received an even smaller update, and now offers a BTO option for a 2.6GHz Core2Duo processor for an additional $250.
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Posted 02 November 2007 - 03:50 PM

So the obvious question from a gaming perspective : is the intel X3100 chipset at all viable for gaming? Anyone got any insight?

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 03:56 PM

View PostJonathan, on November 2nd 2007, 02:50 PM, said:

So the obvious question from a gaming perspective : is the intel X3100 chipset at all viable for gaming? Anyone got any insight?
Short answer: No.

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 04:37 PM

View PostJonathan, on November 2nd 2007, 02:50 PM, said:

is the intel X3100 chipset at all viable for gaming
Don't expect it to meet minimum requirements, don't expect games to work anyways, don't expect Intel to wow you with driver updates. Other than that, it sucks at the games it can run.

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 04:47 PM

Nice thing about GMA X3100 is that is is a much bigger number than the old crappy GMA 950 set and it has a big X in front of it. Man, you see that big ol' X and you just know that Intel means bidness. Then, on top of an X, it also has 2150 more of something than the GMA 950.
2150 more of what? I dunno. Maybe that's what the whole X is about.
That's so awesome.

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 11:38 PM

It really is, especially if you realise that there is no other card like it. All others start at 300 something, after a series number. like X1300. Or X2300. Don't know about X2100, but its the first one I see with a 100. It must really suck.
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Posted 03 November 2007 - 11:36 AM

View PostJonathan, on November 2nd 2007, 09:50 PM, said:

So the obvious question from a gaming perspective : is the intel X3100 chipset at all viable for gaming? Anyone got any insight?

View PostLemon Lime, on November 2nd 2007, 09:56 PM, said:

Short answer: No.

That's clear enough, & so I'll assume that the X3100 will be wholly useless for playing games like Rome: TW on the highest settings... which I think is a great pity, particularly so if this chipset ends up in the Mini next.

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 10:47 AM

I'd be curious to see actual gaming benchmarks to how how much less the X3100 sucks than the 950.

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 10:54 AM

View Postjackdawsson, on November 3rd 2007, 10:36 AM, said:

That's clear enough, & so I'll assume that the X3100 will be wholly useless for playing games like Rome: TW on the highest settings... which I think is a great pity, particularly so if this chipset ends up in the Mini next.
using these integrated cards is nothing more than Apple trying to separate their Pro and consumer models so that you would spend more money.

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 05:47 PM

View PostLemon Lime, on November 4th 2007, 04:54 PM, said:

using these integrated cards is nothing more than Apple trying to separate their Pro and consumer models so that you would spend more money.

True, but considering many Mac gamers find Apple's Pro models too expensive for their needs, buying a PC for gaming is usually a far more viable solution than buying a Pro Mac.  IMO, no headless consumer-priced Mac with discrete graphics means Apple continuing to lose a significant chunk of the computer market to PCs, which in turn adversely affects development for the Mac platform.  Seems a great oversight to me, but maybe Apple just don't care.

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 06:11 PM

about gamers?? no, not really...
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Posted 04 November 2007 - 06:18 PM

View Postteflon, on November 5th 2007, 12:11 AM, said:

about gamers?? no, not really...

Gamers & by association, ultimately, I think Mac game developers also.