128MB or 256MB for MBP

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  1. USCtrojan08 macrumors newbie

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    Hi. Im going to get a new MBP as soon as leopard comes out (please apple make it march!). I'm not really that much of a gamer but i like to have the option open to me. I usually play games like sim city 4, the simes, and command and conquer. I just wanted to know the game play difference between the 128 and 256. Also, i'm wondering what anyone has to say about either card.

    Also, i know the GPU is due for an update (seeing how the last update was in 2005) but i cannot wait till june. Any possibility a GPU will come out before june?

    Thank you. :)
     
  2. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    there's always a possibility. but if i were to buy a macbook pro today, i'd get 256mb for future-proofing. if you're going to run vista on it, 256mb would probably suit you better as well.
     
  3. w8ing4intelmacs macrumors 6502a

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    Even if it's March, it'll be end of the month. Waiting is a pain.
     
  4. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    go for the 256. if you don't, you'll always wonder what if.
     
  5. USCtrojan08 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

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    256MB isn't any faster than 128MB. But if you use high resolution with lots of FSAA (which eats up VRAM) and run games with lots of large textures, then 128MB might not be enough. For the games you mentioned, it won't make any difference.

    --Eric
     
  7. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

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    i'd say get the 256mb if you gonna keep the MBP for > 3 yrs.

     
  8. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    I contemplated this as well, but ultimately went for the 128MB because of the cost difference. For me, I do a lot of design, but no video editing, no "real" games.. no need for the added vram.

    Oh, and I also never keep my computers as long as 2 or 3 years, so "future-proofing" wasn't much of a factor either.
     
  9. w8ing4intelmacs macrumors 6502a

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    Apple doesn't think much of the 256MB VRAM. Less than a year ago, the 1.83 CD MBP w/ 128MB VRAM was $2000 and the 2.0 CD MBP w/ 256MB VRAM was $2500 ($500 difference). Today, when they're in the refurb store, the difference is only $100.
     

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