GPU "Shoot 'em Up": Early 2008 MacBook Pros Vs Others
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments
Barefeats recently released a MacBook Pro GPU comparison test pitting two "early 2008" MacBook Pros against several previous MacBook Pro models. The tests evaluate performance in a variety of applications including games like Quake 4 and Unreal Tournament 2004.
Notice that the fastest MacBook Pro in the game comparison was the "mid 2007" 17" MacBook Pro with GeForce 8600M. Why? Because the core and memory clock of the graphics processor is allowed to ramp up higher in 17" MacBook Pros -- probably because they have a larger (and therefore more efficient) heat sink than the 15" MacBook Pros.To check out all the results follow the link below.
Barefeats: MacBook Pro Graphics Benchmarks
Just looking at 15" MacBook Pros, the "early 2008" Penryn based MacBook Pros have no advantage over the "2007" Santa Rosa based MacBook Pros with the same graphics processor (GeForce 8600M GT) when it comes to gaming.
We didn't bother to post the numbers, but trust us, you don't want to try running 3D accelerated games on the "Penryn" MacBook or the MacBook Air. They have the integrated GMA X3100 GPU which is a real "dog" when it comes to 3D OpenGL.
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