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News for Wednesday, 22 October 2008

New MacBook Pro: The Game Test

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 22/10/2008 08:54:44 CEST - Category: Laptop
Macworld continues its in depth test of the new MacBook Pro, and has now tested the new model with games to further evaluate the performance gain obtained from the GeForce 9600M.
The high-end model featuring a GF 9600M associated to 512 MB of VRAM is as expected the winner, with a rather "old" set of games. However, the difference with the previous MBP model powered by the 8600M is not huge, except for a rather GPU demanding game such as Doom 3. On the other side the integrated chipset, the GeForce 9400M delivers an interesting performance level, much better than the one offered by the Intel GMA X3100. In some games, the GF 9400M offers the same performance level than the Radeon HD 2400 XT found in some iMac Core 2 Duo.

Barefeats run another set of game test based on recent titles, and the new MBP is in average 20 % faster than the previous GF 8600M-based model.

NVidia SLI Certification for Third-Parties: 5 USD per Board

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 22/10/2008 08:53:19 CEST - Category: Video - Source: XBitsLabs
After months of rumors and negotiation, NVidia finally decided to open its SLI technology to third-parties via a certification contract.
Unlike licensing, the certification will allow any third-parties to add the SLI technology only to their motherboard X58 (dedicated to Nehalem) for a fixed fee of 5 USD per unit. Overall it might increase the price of a SLI-enable motherboard by 3 to 7 %; however the benefit provided by this technology might easily justify this increase. This is potentially good news for Mac users as it might allow us to get SLI technology in our future Mac Pro, especially considering the forthcoming Snow Leopard.

Mac mini Does Not Ship Anymore

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 22/10/2008 08:52:50 CEST - Category: Apple
According to some of our sources, and as reported by Gizmodo too, Apple announced to European resellers that it will not ship current Mac mini models anymore.
In other words, the Mac mini is EOL, however it is unclear if Apple intends to stop this model, or if a new revision will be released soon. For sure with the NVidia GeForce 9400M, Apple should not have problem to deliver an improved version of the popular Mac mini. For sure, current models are powered with rather outdated components, compared to other Mac hardware, and the Intel GNA 950 graphic chipset is really from another generation.

AirPort Extreme 2008-003 Update: Released and Removed

By linathael. Original by matrix - 22/10/2008 08:52:09 CEST - Category: Apple
Apple released an updated for the Airport Extreme (AirPort Extreme 2008-003), available from the Software update panel, or directly from Apple Support Webpage. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.5.
While this update was recommended for all users running Mac OS 10.5.5 and was supposed to fix issues with Airport connection on extended Wi-Fi networks; Apple removed it without any reason couple of hours later.

Yet another excellent Quarter for Apple

By crispin. Original by Lionel - 22/10/2008 08:17:45 CEST - Category: Apple - Source: Apple
Last night Apple posted the financial results of the last quarter. They are again very good with a turnover of of 7,9 billion dollars and a profit of 1,14 billion.
They sold over the period 2.611.000 Mac, which represents a growth of 21% compared to the same period last year, 11.052.000 iPod, and 6.892.000 iPhones. Note that this last figure allows them to easily pass by RIM.
A very in-form Steve Jobs declared that even though he did not know where the crisis would carry them, they had the strongest product range in their history, the most talented employees and the best customers in the industry. With their 25 billion cash and no debts, all seems perfect.
PS: It is good to note that the revenue of Apple TV and iPhone is only posted progressively, somewhat like a mortgage. This is what enables them not to have to pay for their updates, unlike the iPod Touch for example.

Apple does not route audio through its Displayport connector

By crispin. Original by Lionel - 22/10/2008 08:01:43 CEST - Category: Apple
According to Roughlydrafted which has a very sure air to all its remarks, Apple have made the choice of not routing the audio via its connector, the mini Displayport. Thus, on its 24" LED monitor, the sound passes by USB.
This is certainly one of the reasons, together with the cost of the royalties, that they do not propose an adapter mini Displayport to HDMI. Indeed, although the passing of sound is not absolutely important for a monitor, is it is important if one wants to view vidéos on a television set.
We do not know if this limitation is final or if it can be circumvented by new drivers in the future.
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