Integrated Graphics equivalence and other questions...

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Ryuukumori, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

    So I had been a MBP lurker for the past few months, and have time until next year to think about buying a laptop for college. I was thinking of saving some money and getting a simple MacBook. I will be doing photo editing and music production. Is a MB ideal for my needs through college?

    On to the integrated graphics. I know that it does not have dedicated video RAM, so I will be purchasing 4 GB 3rd Party RAM from Crucial, Newegg, whatever is cheapest. What kind of power does this integrated graphics card have in equivalence to manufacturers like NVidia, AMD, etc? Is it powerful enough to work with photo editing in photography and music production for college?

    On a side note, I will be waiting for any updates that come in my way, whether its a complete case redesign, possibly NVidia dedicated graphics in the future (?), Nehalem when it releases in time before I buy, etc.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. macrumors member

    Dedicated graphics are really only important for gaming, Motion/Color in Final Cut Studio, and 3D rendering. The MB should be fine.

    I would advise you to get an MBP or an external monitor for a MB if the screen is too restricting for editing. The lower resolution might be a problem.
  3. macrumors 6502

    You think it might be too small of screen or low resolution for picture editing or making music?

    I mean, I know a good photographer who uses a MBA! XD
  4. macrumors 6502

    No ideas?
  5. macrumors 6502


    I am in a similar situation. Since the size isn't the real problem (resolution is) I made this little background to compare the resolution of the MB vs the MBP vs my iMac 20".

    Make this your wallpaper and scale all the windows in Photoshop to the MB size screen. Just work for an hour or so in both MB and MBP resolution to figure it all out.

    I didn't really notice any real boost in productivity when I tried this test. It seemed the MB and MBP BOTH offer a slightly cramped working environment. Both are manageable though, and I don't think I can personally justify the $400 difference on a small boost in productivity. It really is a shame the MBP doesn't offer 1680x1050 in 15". Honestly, either way a Mac lappy is going to have a low resolution compared to what it COULD be.

    100 people on here are going to give 100 different answers. Technically, yes the MB is fully capable of satisfying your needs, but just play with my little test and see which you feel more comfortable with. Then you have to decide if the added $ for the Pro is worth it for your situation.

    Good luck!
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  7. macrumors 6502


    are you using a macbook?
  8. macrumors 6502


    It seems he is since he said the 13" screen. I assumed he is using a MB.
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