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Thursday, March 8, 2007
 
Macworld: Intel's GMA965 Graphics To Improve Speeds
2:41 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 22 comments

One of the biggest complaints about the Intel-based MacBooks and Mac Mini are the integrated graphics found on those machines. The current GMA950 graphics processors found in the MacBooks and Mac Minis lack hardware transform and lighting capabilities (also known as T&L). As a result, many 3D games simply either don't run or run very slowly on those Macs. But according to a report by Macworld's Peter Cohen, Intel's GMA965 will have hardware T&L technology.

Here's a clip from Cohen's report:

Intelís 965 chip solves that problem by supporting hardware T&L technology. Thatís not a feature thatís yet been exposed on Windows PCs that use the 965, however. Intel reps at this weekís Game Developers Conference said that a beta version of drivers that support hardware T&L are expected to be released on Intelís Web site imminently.

A demo of the hardware using development drivers showed that Call of Duty 2 ó a game thatís been ported to the Macintosh by Aspyr Media ó scored between 50 and 80 frames per second in a time demo. That game was unplayable on older GMA950-based hardware. Half-Life 2 running at 1024 x 768 with some details turned up turned in an average of 34.25 running on a PC equipped with Vista.

According to Macworld, the GMA965 has been available to vendors including Apple since June 2006 but so far has not made its way to the MacBook and Mac Mini. For more, be sure to check out the full article.

Macworld: Intel solves speed problems with integrated graphics


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