Running Windows 8 on New Retina Macbook Pro Looks Absolutely Spectacular [Images]
We have earlier posted a brief account on Apple’s new Retina Macbook Pro, which is the best laptop so far we have in our laps. Just after the release of next gen Retina Macbook Pro, many techies were interested to know how Windos 8 looks while running on new Pros 2012. Here’re a few points explained by Anad Tech by running both Windows 7 and Windows 8 on new Macbook Pro. Anand Tech reports that by default Windows 7 starts up at 800 x 600 resolutions on the Retina Macbook Pro, while Windows 8 starts up to 1024 x 768. Notably, this behavior shouldn’t be considered as aspecific for new MBPs, actually GeForce GT 650M doesn’t have native driver support for both Windows 7&8 at present and both Windows run on MBP through standard VGA driver. Moreover, you can’t run Windows 7 on resolutions higher than 1600 x 1200 without an actual NVIDIA driver, while Windows 8 runs seamlessly on the full 2880 x 1800 panel resolution. Why?
The problem is Apple doesn’t provide a Boot Camp driver set for the Retina MacBook Pro yet. I had to use the Broadcom wireless driver from my SNB MacBook Pro to get WiFi working under Windows. Unfortunately, NVIDIA doesn’t offer a downloadable GeForce GT 650M driver for either Windows 7 or Windows 8 just yet. The R302 Verde drivers are supposed to be due out in the not too distant future with support for the 650M, but until then you’re mostly out of luck. I tried modified drivers to get 650M support and even tried modifying some myself, but I haven’t been successful thus far. Just as before, switchable graphics isn’t functional under Windows – the discrete GPU (650M) is the only one exposed.
The site reports that even without any working NVIDIA driver, they experienced the touch of a 2880 x 1800 resolution on a traditional desktop under Windows 8. As a fact, Apple never offers a desktop resolution higher than 1920 x 1200 under OS X as it thinks unscaled 2880 x 1800 would just be too small for the desktop, icon text and default UI elements accordingly. The image given below shows the Windows 8 desktop at default without DPI scaling and settings at 2880 x 1800:
Notably, the Skyfall trailer represents a full 1920 x 1080 window. Though Text looks very small, yet it is likely readable for the folks having excellent eyesight. If Apple actually provides a native resolution option under OS X, it would be quite magical for Mac users. The following screenshot provides a good look onto Windows 8 unscaled Metro UI screen at 2880 x 1800 of new Macbook Pro: If DPI scaling is turn on, Text looks more obvious and readable. The gallery consisting of three images of the same desktop comparing default (unscaled), 125% and 150% scaling options might be visited too. You can also see an image in the gallery comparing the Retina MBP to Apple’s previous highest DPI Mac display: the 11-inch 2011 MacBook Air for having a good perception. As a true conclusion, the folks desirious to run Windows 8 on their new Retina MBPs should wiat until Apple incorporates an official driver support, and NVIDIA is required to do at earliest with a GT 650M Verde driver. No doubt, this is just an incredibly unbelievable panel on 27-inch 2560 x 1440 display, and imagine how impressive it would look on 15.4 inch panel of your new Retina Macbook Pro with 40% more pixels……really remarkable and absolutely spectacular. You might also like “iOS vs Windows 8- Which one is the best Operating system?” Via: Ananad Tech
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