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AMD: MacBook issues giving graphics bad rap
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AMD: MacBook issues giving graphics bad rap



by Brooke Crothers
March 11, 2009 9:45 AM PDT
nanotech: the circuits blog @ CNET.com

Advanced Micro Devices worries that lingering issues--both real and speculative--with Apple MacBooks are giving laptop graphics a black eye.

In a phone interview Tuesday, Stan Ossias, director of marketing, mobile graphics, at AMD, began by asserting that my March 11 post "overstated" the case about heat and the instability of graphics processors in laptops and that some readers may interpret heat issues too broadly.

"In the case of Apple's product, I don't know what happened with Nvidia's GPU but we'd like to avoid having the negative aspects taint the entire industry," he said. (GPU stands for graphics processing unit.)

"I know that when Nvidia announced (in October of last year) publicly that it was recalling or having to rework some of its products and they took a big write-down, we had to address concerns from our customers that we were not also experiencing packaging failures because of the overheating and design flaws that they were experiencing in their product line," he said. "So, we basically had to go and calm down a lot of our customers and say, look, this is not something that's inherent to our technology, it's not something that you have to expect from any GPU."
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  -AMD: MacBook issues giving graphics bad rap PBS Poll-435  Mar-11-09 04:34 PM   #0 
  - o.k.  ret5hd   Mar-11-09 04:37 PM   # 
  - Oh, shut up AMD  Sultana   Mar-11-09 04:37 PM   #1 
  - Intel doesn't make high-end GPU's, only basic chipset-based ones  B3Nut   Mar-11-09 07:35 PM   #9 
     - Sssssshhhhhhh, I know nothing about GPUs  Sultana   Mar-11-09 08:08 PM   #11 
  - They should buy a PC!  Cronus Protagonist   Mar-11-09 04:44 PM   #2 
  - My standard response: "This is Impossible, Macs are perfect"  tridim   Mar-11-09 04:53 PM   #4 
  - Like Dell or Hewlett-Packard?  bainz   Mar-11-09 05:00 PM   #5 
  - They are all PCs  MattBaggins   Mar-11-09 11:30 PM   #15 
  - Sounds more like a sales pitch n/t  bainz   Mar-11-09 04:46 PM   #3 
  - The radio tech guy said he doesn't understand  itsrobert   Mar-11-09 05:10 PM   #6 
  - That is precisely my argument  PBS Poll-435   Mar-11-09 05:14 PM   #7 
  - Which one?  bainz   Mar-11-09 07:26 PM   #8 
  - The imaginary apple computer in their head  HarukaTheTrophyWife   Mar-11-09 07:38 PM   #10 
  - A 2P Mac Pro with 8GB of ram and 1 hard drive costs $5999.00  PBS Poll-435   Mar-11-09 11:10 PM   #12 
     - Surely you must be kidding.  BlooInBloo   Mar-11-09 11:28 PM   #14 
        - Nope  PBS Poll-435   Mar-11-09 11:42 PM   #17 
  - Errrr... Because top of the line Apple computers are  MattBaggins   Mar-11-09 11:34 PM   #16 
     - Yeah new Macs are so fucking expensive. But they last a long time.  Initech   Mar-12-09 12:14 AM   #21 
        - I have had computers for that long or longer as well  MattBaggins   Mar-12-09 12:41 AM   #22 
  - Intel wants to fold graphics into the CPU  sudopod   Mar-11-09 11:21 PM   #13 
     - AMD  PBS Poll-435   Mar-11-09 11:43 PM   #18 
        - Intel would be in a better spot to push for it.  MattBaggins   Mar-12-09 12:01 AM   #19 
           - Intel uses QPI now, and AMD has used HyperTransport since '03.  PBS Poll-435   Mar-12-09 12:06 AM   #20 
              - The "bus" is still gasping and flopping around  MattBaggins   Mar-12-09 12:58 AM   #23 
                 - It isn't actually on the CPU die. It is just packaged with the CPU. MCM  PBS Poll-435   Mar-12-09 01:18 AM   #24 
                    - I agree with you on that  MattBaggins   Mar-12-09 01:33 AM   #25 
 

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