MacBook Chipset

12 10 2008

by Graphickz


Hey all,

Just a short update on the MacBook that is going to be released on October 14th. The Macbook will now run on an NVIDIA chipset, based on the MCP 79 platform. Intel still supplies the main processor for the Macbook.

Kept uncharacteristically secret by NVIDIA for most of the year, the MCP79 platform is so far considered a substitute for Intel’s Centrino 2 “Montevina” platform, offering support for the same 1066MHz front side bus, optional DDR3 memory and PCI Express 2.0 interfaces.

By using an NVIDIA chipset, this means that there are now more advantages.

  • Smaller physical size using one chip rather than two
  • DriveCache, which uses Flash storage to speed up boot times
  • Hybrid SLI which switches from discrete to integrated graphics when battery is low
So basically what this means is that the aluminum MacBook will be slimmer, start up time will be faster due to the DriveCache, and even more advanced power saving features over and above Mac OSX.
The Graphics card is also being changed from an integrated Intel unit, to an NVIDIA 9300 and 9400 series, which uses integrated graphic processing units or GPUs. That means, when Apple releases Snow Leopard, NVIDIA chipsets would be able to offload general processing onto the GPUs.
Let’s wait and see.



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