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Apple Ditching Nvidia to Pair With AMD Instead?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 68 comments

Radeons could be inside the next MacBook Pros.

Right now Apple's main graphics dancing partner for its MacBooks is Nvidia, which does the pixel pushing for the entire line. While the 13-inch models operate with an MCP, the 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro line gets discrete Nvidia switchable graphics that are called into use when the integrated Intel HD graphics aren't enough.

The word on the street now, Cnet reports, is that Apple could be dumping Nvidia in favor of going with Intel's integrated graphics. The next-generation of integrated graphics that'll be a part of Sandy Bridge CPUs is expected to be far more capable than Intel's current offerings.

Intel hasn't said yet when it plans to support the OpenCL that Apple requires, but it goes without saying that the MacBooks of 2011 should have Sandy Bridge CPUs. The high-end real "pro" MacBook Pro machines will still need discrete graphics, and Cnet believes that the 15- and 17-inch models could go with AMD graphics parts.

With AMD already pushing the graphics with its Radeon HD products in the iMacs, it's plausible that the agreement could extend into the mobile space.

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    beans4you , December 12, 2010 6:26 AM
    I swear, Jobs could sell ice to Eskimos and walk out with a 5 year contract with their land as collateral.
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    alidan , December 12, 2010 5:44 AM
    sidspykerCooool, AMD always needs a lil more rating, so many people(except gamers and PC enthu. 's)think AMD is crap, which it isn't.

    and going with that in a mac will change that how?
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    xantek24 , December 12, 2010 5:23 AM
    Clanging chains still?
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    sidspyker , December 12, 2010 5:30 AM
    Cooool, AMD always needs a lil more rating, so many people(except gamers and PC enthu. 's)think AMD is crap, which it isn't.
  • 12 Hide
    alidan , December 12, 2010 5:44 AM
    sidspykerCooool, AMD always needs a lil more rating, so many people(except gamers and PC enthu. 's)think AMD is crap, which it isn't.

    and going with that in a mac will change that how?
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    dEAne , December 12, 2010 6:08 AM
    Bad news for nvidia, that means nvidia should work harder to get apple's attention on it's graphics card.
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    beans4you , December 12, 2010 6:26 AM
    I swear, Jobs could sell ice to Eskimos and walk out with a 5 year contract with their land as collateral.
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    Marcus Yam , December 12, 2010 6:36 AM
    xantek24Clanging chains still?

    Yup, just like Jacob Marley.
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    apache_lives , December 12, 2010 7:17 AM
    this is probably also because of failure rates with nvidia mobile products, and the capabilities of intel's integrated video(initial previews look great for basic integrated video)
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    reconspartan , December 12, 2010 7:36 AM
    AMD doesn't need that dirty money.
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    dragonfang18 , December 12, 2010 7:37 AM
    Does this mean the price of their computers will go down, or the fact that they will earn more money doing this if they just keep prices the way they are? I guess to ignorant people they are the same, though they dont know who much worse they are losing....
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    dragonfang18 , December 12, 2010 7:38 AM
    how* I cant edit my comment :( 
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    Lutfij , December 12, 2010 7:42 AM
    AMD have stolen the rug from under nvidia feet :)  but like everything in our world, people always want what they don't need...amd don;t need a venture with apple - that's like obama dealing with the mafia
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    DjEaZy , December 12, 2010 8:32 AM
    ... bobcat?
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    apache_lives , December 12, 2010 9:13 AM
    nebuni hope they don't go with AMD...when it comes to performance, NVIDIA is much better and the same goes for the drivers


    the release of vista and nvidia's drivers for vista says otherwise for drivers and hows about google "hp nvidia dead" and see how many faults nvidia products have before saying that
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    tsnor , December 12, 2010 9:34 AM
    And how is
    "Cnet reports, is that Apple could be dumping Nvidia in favor of going with Intel's integrated graphics. "
    the basis for the title
    "Apple Ditching Nvidia to Pair With AMD" ?

    Is this just a test to see who will write ATI vs. NVIDIA comments w/o reading the article ?
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    tsnor , December 12, 2010 9:38 AM
    dragonfang18how* I cant edit my comment


    try this:

    Click you name to get to your profile
    Click all comment to view all your comments
    Click the comment you want to edit
    There will be an EDIT icon. Float the cursor over the icons until you see one that says edit.

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    demonhorde665 , December 12, 2010 9:45 AM
    tsnorAnd how is "Cnet reports, is that Apple could be dumping Nvidia in favor of going with Intel's integrated graphics. " the basis for the title "Apple Ditching Nvidia to Pair With AMD" ?Is this just a test to see who will write ATI vs. NVIDIA comments w/o reading the article ?


    AMEN to that , seriously how does tom's get apple is going AMD , from Apple may use Intel chips in their enxt line ???? marcus did you throw away all logicalthinking to come to this conclusion in your title ????
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    Anonymous , December 12, 2010 10:11 AM
    Sandy Bridge graphics will continue to be the lowest performance integrated graphics compared to the competition of its time. So this is not the main reason for Apple to switch to it.
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    icemunk , December 12, 2010 11:01 AM
    Nvidia's on its way out, they would be smart to merge with Intel or some other big company.
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