MacBook Pro Video: Overclockable

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Date: Wednesday, April 19th, 2006, 22:51
Category: MacBook Pro

Hardmac is reporting that the Radeon X1600 video card that comes in the MacBook Pro is "massively underclocked." Beware that overclocking it will lead to more fan noise and faster battery drain though…

In our forums (in French), SpacetitoX has reported that while playing with his MBPro and its GPU while running WinXP, he has noticed an interesting point:

After searching the web for information or reports, I have decided to install ATI tools for WinXP on my MBPro; but the version 0.24 was not working… Then I successfully installed ATI optimized drivers to replace those ones provided by Apple, then I installed ATI Tools beta version 0.25… And I immediately came to the conclusion that once again Apple dramatically underclocked the GPU of its notebook models. Indeed the Radeon X1600 in the MBPro is clocked a 310MHz / 278MHz (GPU and RAM respectively)! When looking on the web, I have found that many PC notebooks featuring this GPU have a 470MHz/470MHz setting… : Le "Macbidouille" in English

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