We’ve seen that the new 15 and 17-inch MacBook Pros are a bit strange about when they decide to turn on their heavy-duty, power-sapping discrete video chips.
For those who don’t think they need discrete graphics for Tweetie, or want to be in full control of what graphics card their MacBook is using, gfxCardStatus by Cody Krieger might be something to consider. It has a simple menu bar toggle (‘N’ and ‘I’ below) that overides the OSX’s choice of chip. Engadget says it is a “little bit buggy” so proceed with a “little bit” of caution.
- Simple, clean “i” and “n” icons that signify Intel