ATI Switchable™ Graphics Technology
Maximum Performance, Long Battery Life, Seamless Experience.
The latest trend in power management is delivered by AMD's energy-efficient technology, ATI™ Switchable Graphics1. Imagine combining the low power advantages of an integrated graphics processor with the performance of a discrete graphics processor. With ATI Switchable Graphics now you can have the best of both worlds with maximum performance when you need it and long battery life when on-the-go.
This innovative feature is a mobile graphics switching process optimizing your system for either high-powered graphics processing or low power consumption. It is designed to dynamically switch the graphics operation between Intel® integrated graphics and
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3400 series, ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3600 series or ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4000 series2 discrete graphics (depending on the power source and user preferences) without rebooting the notebook. This allows the discrete card to be used for graphics intensive applications when under AC power (plugged in to power socket) and the integrated graphics to be used in battery mode, extending battery life when on-the-go and without compromising The Ultimate Visual Experience™.
Industry Leading Cooperative Graphics Solution
AMD is dedicated to driving open innovation on all platforms and has collaborated to co-develop ATI Switchable Graphics for Intel based platforms. It is the only revolutionary solution available that supports the Intel® Centrino 2 processor, offering true power savings or full GPU performance. This enables dynamic switching between Intel® integrated graphics and
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD Premium graphics delivering an exclusive notebook technology that no one can resist.
Extreme Power Savings for Long Battery Life
ATI Switchable Graphics technology3 is the next stage in the evolution of graphics processing. Maximize your battery life while on-the-go when you switch from discrete to integrated graphics. As compared to discrete graphics, an integrated GPU requires less energy to operate, yielding better power efficiency and improved battery life. This makes it better suited for situations where your notebook is running on battery - for example when traveling on the road.
When the notebook is plugged in to the power socket, ATI Switchable Graphics enables the ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD Premium graphics processor for astonishing performance. The discrete graphics processor delivers high performance and incredible 3D graphics when your notebook is plugged in. And the power of your ATI Mobility Radeon discrete graphics processor allows you to enjoy superior HD gaming, Blu-ray movies and other HD content in full HD-1080p on your HD-capable monitor. Whether you use it at home, in the office, or while on the move, ATI Switchable Graphics helps you meet your every need.
Simplified Process…Unsurpassed Flexibility
The traditional notebook trade-off is now a thing of the past. With ATI Switchable Graphics revolutionary technology you now have the flexibility to run demanding graphics application while plugged in or switch to integrated graphics when on battery mode. When the notebook is working on battery life the discrete graphics processor dynamically shuts off, resulting in low idle power, long battery life and improved energy efficiency. Resume maximum performance by simply plugging in the notebook to a power socket and watch your discrete graphics seamlessly kick in for The Ultimate Visual Experience™. The system monitors the power source and switches GPU based on power source and user preferences. It's a simplified process delivering unsurpassed flexibility.
- Available only on Windows Vista® OS.
- ATI™ Switchable Graphics technology is supported with the ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4300 series, ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4500 series, ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4600 series, ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4860 and the ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4830 graphics processors.
- Available only on Windows Vista® OS.
Note: ATI™ Switchable Graphics technology must be enabled by the notebook vendor. Please consult notebook vendor for a complete list of notebooks with ATI Switchable Graphics.