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Friday, 25 February 2011 13:39

AMD shares up on MacBook pro deal

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Nvidia also up, curiously
Apple’s decision to ditch Nvidia chips in new MacBook Pro models resulted in impressive gains for AMD.

AMD shares jumped 6.43 percent Thursday on the news, up to $9.10. Curiously, Nvidia was also up 2.44 percent despite the fact Apple dropped it from much of its mobile lineup. However, Apple’s decision doesn’t simply boil down to Radeon shipments for new MacBooks. Analysts believe AMD’s relationship with Apple is strengthening and the deal could just be a sign of things to come.

Apple has carried AMD desktop GPUs for quite a while, but the mobile space has traditionally been reserved for Nvidia. However, over the next few months Nvidia GPUs will only be available in select MacBook Air SKUs. Of course, there is a always chance Apple might switch between AMD and Nvidia in future generations, depending on its needs and performance offered by future generations of mobile GPUs.

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+38 #1 Sodomy 2011-02-25 14:02
unless apple has a terrible time with AMD (unlikley, you can't really screw up drivers for a few select 'protected' platforms, also no games on mac), I think the next step would be to use a fusion chip in the new airs whenever they come arround to refreshing that.

when i say no games, i mean the libary will be like 1000000 PC games for every Mac title/port. Also seeing as my Atom n270 can boot OSX the fusion chips should be able to handle it fine.
+18 #2 LauRoman 2011-02-25 14:53
Maybe, just maybe, Nvidia's stock rise has a tini-tiny thing to do with it's friggin Tegra platform releases and announcements. Just my 2 eurocents.
+27 #3 razorleaf 2011-02-25 16:19
Well AMD GPU's beeing more efficent than NV, had got a clear design win for MacBook, since gaming performance is not so important on this platform.
-46 #4 Jurassic1024 2011-02-25 17:53
sigh... Fusion is for netbooks and net tops. total opposite of Mac Books (pro and air). it is also not in the same league as Intel HD Graphics 3000.

+29 #5 Jermelescu 2011-02-25 17:54
even though I think APPLE products are for pussies... This is very good for AMD.
-38 #6 Jurassic1024 2011-02-25 18:01
Quoting Jermelescu:
even though I think APPLE products are for pussies... This is very good for AMD.

AMD is gonna need a lot more than Apple to save it. Bulldozer or bust.
-46 #7 Jurassic1024 2011-02-25 18:31
How is it possible to rate down the TRUTH?!
LMAO. i dare you try to post your BS at Techspot w/o being called out for being a n00b! oh right you wont post there, cuz you can't speak with your thumbs!!!
+7 #8 Sodomy 2011-02-25 19:47
Quoting Jurassic1024:
sigh... Fusion is for netbooks and net tops. total opposite of Mac Books (pro and air).

look at the macbook air, it is prectly a netbook. plus it is marketed for it's portablility.

mabye amd will be coming to the market with somthing a little more power hungry and performing, but i don't think the macbook pros will be getting an APU so soon after apple just refreshed the line.
-43 #9 inaphasia 2011-02-25 20:08
I realize most of you here love Ati's stuff for gaming, and that's fine. But it's CUDA that's building, designing and editing the world around you. You don't have to care, as I'm also sure most of you wouldn't be caught dead with anything that's got an Apple logo on it.

Apple just pissed off it's last remaining Photoshop/Premiere users. It's never going to get any Autodesk users. And AVID users have been looking elsewhere for years. Nothing "Pro" about this decision.
-37 #10 inaphasia 2011-02-25 20:43
-2 already? Why so serious?

Are your gaming rigs more important than the worlds supercomputers?

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