MacBook Air :: Overclocking The 320m - 20% Increase In Performance?

Nov 1, 2010

Wanted to let you know that I had great sucess overclocking the 320m in the Air. I used the same procedure found in this thread.


This might help you starcraft junkies out there as it may give a 20% increase in performance. I played MW2 for two solid hours tonight without lockups at 625 / 1340. (11" 1.6 4GB) Thanks go to all in the refrenced thread that contributed to these findings!

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Windows On Mac :: NVidia 320m Updates Cause Increase In Performance?

May 27, 2010

I have bought Macbook pro 13 , 2.4 GHz 2010 model with nVidia 320m graphics, Now my question is that I have installed win 7 on bootcamp and windows experience index scores 5.2 (win aero ) and 6.0 (gaming) , these both scores are same as friends 9400m macbook white, so is it ok ??? or future driver updates may increase these score??

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Dec 24, 2010

just got my air 11.6 cheapest version. I was playing tf2 under Os X and the performance is just a tiny bit too low for good playing, i feel like a tiny overclock of the 1.4 ghz cpu would greatly help. Considering the core 2 duo is a very mature cpu, and that the laptop doesnt seem to heat that much, it might just work. Of course Im talking about even just a lil oc to 1.6ghz.

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I know in the PC world computers can be overclocked to achieve higher performance. Can this be done in a Mac?

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MacBook Pro :: Will I See A Serious Performance Increase From SSD?

Apr 15, 2010

I just ordered the 2.4GHz i5 15" (with high-res glossy screen) and was wondering whether it was worth it to spend the $225 and buy an Intel X25-M 80GB SSD.Will the performance be that noticeable (for the money)?

Any other suggestions of SSDs near or under $200 would be nice.

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MacBook Air :: Tips On How To Increase MBA Performance

Nov 11, 2009

I just got a MBA and was wondering what I could do to increase its performance? (without changing hardware such as getting a Runcore SSD)

It's a secondary computer and only plan on using it for writing, browsing the web, and itunes music.

Are there any programs I should install/delete?

I just want to get rid of all the excess things I don't really need.

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MacBook Pro :: 3.06Ghz C2d Will Increase Performance?

Jun 15, 2010

So I got an iPad and have been thinking more and more that I don't need the portability of the MBP anymore. Truth is I have not really used the Macbook as a laptop in months. My usage is primarily Internet, word processing, and photography so I really think I can benefit from the added screen size and potentially power of a 27 inch iMac. So my question is:

1) do you think the latest 3.06GHz C2D will be a performance increase from my current MBP for Aperture 3 or should I just spend the extra for the 2.66 i5?

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MacBook Pro :: Unibody Upgrades To Increase Performance

Mar 26, 2010

If I upgraded my HD to A 320GB SSD And my ram to 8GB of DDR3 how that would affect my unibody mac's performance!

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MacBook Pro :: Wipe Hard Drive To Increase Performance?

Jan 12, 2011

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I apologize as I suspect this post would be better placed in a Mac os x forum instead. When I had a PC, I would periodically (once a year) wipe the hard drive and reinstall everything. I found this helped to have the computer run quicker, I assumed by cleaning the registry out.

Obviously my Mac runs a number of maintenance protocols that help to mitigate this. Regardless, is there any benefit to a wipe and a reinstall from time capsule, or would the results be effectively the same?

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Mac Pro :: Adding Ram To A 2.8 - Will Performance Increase

Apr 28, 2009

I have the stock 2x1 and just ordered matched 4x2gb for a total of 10gb.

Now, I probably won't be needing 10gb for my audio work, so my question is, should I leave the stock ram out for the added benefit of the quad channel ram thingie? Because, according to this report, the 10gb config gives 6.8 throughput vs the 6.5 of the 4x2gb! I thought 4 or 8 slots filled should be faster? What gives??

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PowerPC :: How To Increase PowerBook G4 Performance?

Sep 13, 2010

I have the 12" 1.5ghz model as many of you know. While a great machine, and fast enough for most things, I'd like to get a little more omph out of it. I can't use Tiger by the way. My school's software requires Leopard.

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Applications :: CS3 Vs CS5 - Performance Decrease Or Increase?

Sep 16, 2010

I have a 15" MBP 3,1 (Sept 2007) Intel C2D 2.4GHz, 4MB Cache, Santa Rosa, 4GB Ram, 500GB Storage @5400RPM, GeForce 8600M GT 256MB VRAM) I am a student (returning to school) and so I qualify for the Adobe discount for the Creative suite. I already have CS3 (Master Collection) and am considering buying CS5 (Design Premium). I was wondering if I should notice any performance decrease/increase and any general thoughts if it's worth it or not.

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PowerPC :: Raid 0 On G5 - Increase Performance?

Jan 30, 2007

I was thinking of installing a second 500BG hard drive in my powermac G5 and setting it up for raid 0. Will i notice any major increase in performance? (i'm planning on running Windows XP x64 on the system through Parallels Desktop)

dual 2.5GHz processor
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Hardware :: How To Increase Airport HDD Performance

Sep 16, 2009

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Now I realize there will be a performance degradation when attaching an external HD to the ABSE, but my question is, how much are we talking? A percentage terms (rough estimate is fine) would be the best.

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IMac :: How Much Performance Increase - Can I Expect By Going From 4 GB Ram To 8 GB Ram

Feb 18, 2010

I am going to change my iMac's Memory from 4 GB to 8 GB. I have the March 2009 version of the iMac. 3.06 Ghz, ATI Video 4850, and so on. I would like to know in everyone's opinion how much of a performance gain I could get?

This is the software that I use that may be memory dependent, PhotoShop CS, Final Cut Express 4.0, Other Video Editing software, I also use Handbrake to convert my presently owned DVD's into a iphone format, would that convert any faster or is that only a processor factor

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Mac Pro :: Raid 0 Setup To Increase Performance

Mar 1, 2010

Setting up raid 0 for my mac pro 3,1. Right now I have the stock 320GB drive that I use with Mac OS X, and an additional 500GB drive running Win XP through Bootcamp. I read on apple's site that you could stripe multiple drives to create a raid 0 to increase performance on the Mac Pro w/o the raid controller card. So my question is how do I do that? I'm in the process of picking a new 2TB drive to set up the raid with the 320GB OS drive. Since the 500GB one is dedicated for XP I don't think I could include it in the raid right?

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Intel Mac :: RAM Extension Possible And Will It Increase Performance

Mar 19, 2012

I have an Intel-based iMac 9.1 bought three years ago. Originally it had 2GB RAM, which I soon expanded to 4 GB.I'm currently running Snow Leopard, and I'm considering an upgrade to Mountain Lion. However, I fear this upgrade would be too much for my Mac to run smoothly.I wonder if I could add another 4 GB RAM, and more important, if I would experience any sensible improvement in performance.  I have read that sometimes more RAM is useless because your computer simply can't use it completely, so would it be useful in my case?

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IMac :: Replacement HD - Performance Increase With Extra Capacity?

Apr 21, 2010

I'm considering replacing the 640 gb Hitachi HDT721064SLA360 in my 24" iMac with a Samsung Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB drive. I'm just wondering if anyone can tell me whether I will see any performance increases along with the extra capacity. The Hitachi is a 7200rpm drive, while the Sammy is 5400rpm, but the Hitachi has only a 16mb buffer and the Sammy sports a 32mb. Would the Samsung be faster than the Hitachi or would it suffer because of the lower rotational speed?

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MacBook Air :: How Does The 320M Compare To The ATI X1600

Oct 26, 2010

I currently use a 4 year old MBP with an X1600 GPU. Thinking about going for an Air, and wondering what the 320M is like in comparison.

I play the occasional game but principally would use the machine as a holiday / travel laptop and would hope to be able to do light 3D graphics work on it. I know it's never going to replace a desktop machine but I'm quite good at working within hardware constraints.

Is the 320M a much better GPU? If so by what order of magnitude?

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MacBook Pro :320M Is Not More Powerful Than The 8600M?

Apr 15, 2010

a bunch of people are using the 3DMark06 score of 3300 as the average score for the 8600M GT. Due to this, a lot of people are getting the wrong impression that the 320M is faster than the 8600M GT, and that the 330M is 2x more powerful.There are several consistency issues which need to be addressed: 1) 8600M GT (DDR2) vs 8600M GT (GDDR3)While they both have the same name, there are actually 2 different variants of the 8600M GT card. One with DDR2 memory and one with GDDR3 memory. (Note: this is NOT the same as system memory) The GDDR3 variant is between 20% - 30% faster than the DDR2 variant. Majority of the 8600Ms tested used DDR2 memory, while all the 8600Ms in Apple notebooks use GDDR3 memory.

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MacBook Pro :: Playing Starcraft 2 With NVidia 320m?

Apr 15, 2010

Yes, and as you can see in my signature, I have the previous model which I have bought less than 25 days ago. I will go to Apple store this friday (Japan, and these people should be nice) and try to convince them that they shouldn't have given me the inferior ones.

Back to the point, will Starcraft 2 work well with nVidia 320m? Apple's website says there will be a 80% boost, but what about Starcraft 2?

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MacBook Pro :: Intel Hd Versus Nvidia 320m?

Jun 22, 2010

which is better and why?

I'm wondering because i currently have an hp laptop, and the only thing i am not satisfied with is my graphics performance.

i would like to upgrade to a macbook pro, but i don't want to buy the very expensive 15" model.

i use the graphics for GIMP mainly.

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MacBook Air :: Latest NVidia 320M Drivers On MBA 11.6"?

Dec 2, 2010

Does anyone know how to install the latest NVidia drivers from their website?

The installation breaks of because the correct hardware couldn't be found (when indeed I did download the correct 320M drivers).

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MacBook :: NVIDIA GeForce 320M Versus 9600M GT

Dec 2, 2010

I have a late 2008 15" MBP with an NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT w/256MB of RAM. I am thinking of trading it for a current 13" MacBook with a GeForce 320M w/256MB.

Am I right in assuming the new MacBook's GPU is inferior to my current's? If so, how much of a hit would I take in games like Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2, etc.. ?

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MacBook Pro :: Steam On MBP/nVidia 9400m Versus 320m

May 13, 2010

Before you all start attacking me for having a second Steam thread, I get it. There's already a steam thread. This one is specifically for those of us who have MBPs (from any generation) that use integrated 9400m and 320m graphics. This is a great way for us to compare the two Core2Duo graphics cards.

Please report any info about frame rates, settings, how well or poorly games run etc. Feel free to re-post information about this stuff from the other thread so that we can consolidate the info.

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MacBook Pro :: Overclocking GPU On New

Jun 7, 2010

I have a new 15" MBP(256mb) and was wondering what kind of improvements I can see with doing this. Also can anyone recommend or not recommend doing this for some reason? Does anyone have a link to a good how-to on doing this?

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MacBook Pro :: Overclocking I5 And On Mac / OS X?

Jul 22, 2010

I was thinking of overclocking the CPU from 2.4 ghz to either 2.53 ghz or 2.66 ghz, to make it comparable in performance to the higher end models. I know for desktops it's very silly to buy the higher end cpu, because a little overclocking will give the exact same performance. Anyone knows if the same holds true for laptop CPU. ( I think the i5 2.4 ghz and 2.53 are identical except in clock speed, so a little overclock to 2.53 ghz should atleast be possible right? ) And are there guides on how to overclock on a Mac/OS X?

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Hardware :: Nvidia 320M GPU Made Especially For Apple's New 13-inch MacBook Pro

Apr 13, 2010

While the GeForce GT 330M featured in the new 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros has already been found in competing notebook PCs, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro sports the Nvidia 320M, a graphics processor created just for Apple.

An Nvidia spokesperson told AppleInsider Tuesday that the new 320M was made especially for Apple, and is the successor to the GeForce 9400M, introduced in 2008. The 320M is an integrated graphics chipset for notebooks based on Intel's Core 2 Duo line of processors.

According to, the 320M does not have dedicated graphics memory, but uses shared memory for the system for its graphics processing, giving it poorer performance than a GPU with dedicated memory. The 320M (not to be confused with the GeForce GT 320M) is based on the GT216 core, and offers 48 shader cores.

The report said the gaming performance of the 320M should be comparable to, but slightly better than, a 310M. The 320M also supports PureVideo HD for high definition decoding within the GPU. The processor can also be used to encode videos.

In announcing its new line of MacBook Pros on Tuesday, Apple revealed that the GeForce 320M GPU offers up to 80 percent faster graphics processing. It also helps the 13-inch MacBook Pro achieve 10 hours of battery life. Apple called the 320M the "fastest integrated graphics processor on the market."

The 13-inch model also includes faster Core 2 Duo processors, reaching speeds up to 2.66GHz and featuring a 1066MHz frontside bus with 3MB of shared L2 cache.

Featured on the 15- and 17-inch models is the 330M, which Apple said is more than twice as fast as the low-end 320M. Apple said the GT 330M "provides smooth, crisp on-screen graphics for the most demanding 3D games, creative software and technical applications."

The 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros also include automatic graphics switching, which Apple has dubbed a "breakthrough" technology. It allows the system to switch graphics processors on the fly, giving users performance when they need it and better battery efficiency when they don't. AppleInsider first revealed Apple was planning dual graphics technology in its future MacBook Pros in February.

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MacBook Pro :: Overclocking GT 330m Under OSx

Jan 2, 2011

Can it be done? Haven't seen anything leading me to believe so but I thought I might try.

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MacBook Pro :: Running Very Hot - Overclocking?

May 1, 2010

I spoke with a technician at Applecare a few days ago about my wife's macbookpro 15" (about 4-years old) it is continually running very hot and I am concerned that it will fall over. The tech said that she might be 'overclocking' - what does this mean and can it be cured?

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