Though MacBooks are way up there on the desirability list when it comes to laptops, they have never been known for their prowess in gaming applications. In fact, I know a lot of people ““ including myself ““ who have held off on getting a MacBook simply because many games cannot be played on one. With the new releases, however, it seems that Apple has finally taken heed of the countless expressed wishes of their customers ““ both potential and existing.
Peter Cohen of MacWorld has this report:
Apple has changed motherboard designs with the MacBook, MacBook Air and 15-inch MacBook Pro line, and instead of using an Intel-sourced motherboard design (and Intel integrated graphics), it’s using an Nvidia-sourced design that uses Nvidia’s 9400M graphics instead.
Like the Intel GMA X3100 that preceded it, the 9400M is still a component integrated on the motherboard, but the difference is in the capabilities and performance.
Apple says that the new Nvidia part is up to five times faster than the Intel chipset (actually, according to Apple’s benchmarks, it’s six times faster running Call of Duty 4). It’s still only a fraction (about half) the overall speed of the Nvidia GeForce 8600GT chip found in Apple’s 17-inch MacBook Pro, for example, but that’s a world of difference for the average MacBook buyer who wants to go out and buy the latest game for the Mac and expect it to run.
I am sure that those figures are already making you excited about the open possibilities for the new MacBooks. I don’t know about you but this development might just mean that more gamers are going to be new MacBook owners in the near future.