MacBook Pro refreshed with Nvidia Kepler GPU, Retina display

By Andrew Yoon, Jun 11, 2012 11:30am PDT

As expected, Apple announced new hardware at its WWDC keynote. Of most note to gamers is the upcoming MacBook Pro refresh. The 15" model includes a Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M--a GPU in the high-end "Kepler" series.

Prices start at $1,799 for the standard Pro. However, the company also announced a new Pro model with Retina Display support. The enhanced model also includes at GT 650M, and supports a resolution of 2880 x 1800. The upgraded model will retail for $2,199.

Although not many games have taken advantage of it, OS X does support Unreal Engine 3. Technically, that means the new line of MacBook Pro laptops are able to run the Samaritan demo. However, Windows-based laptops that support even higher-end NVIDIA cards are already hitting the market.

For example, the Samsung Series 7 laptop includes a GTX 675M graphics card and is available for around $1900. The Origin EON15-S includes a GTX 680M, and starts at around $1600.

With tech companies finally prepping "next-gen" engines, it's clear that gamers--on both Mac and PC--have a lot to look forward to.

NVIDIA's comparison of its current mobile GPUs

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