macbook video card

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  1. bladerunner6 macrumors newbie

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    the only thing that's keeping me from getting a macbook is the video card.
    could i by an ATI graphics card separate and replace the intel one?
     
  2. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    i don't think so. infact, i'm almost sure you can't. if anything, you'd have to just add another one (intel one is intergrated, so it's part of the motherboard).

    as far as adding another one, i don't think there's a slot like in desktops.
     
  3. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    where would it fit?? :eek: :confused:

    sorry, no upgrading the graphics card. if you want a better card, i'd go for the MBP, but you can't upgrade those down the line, either.
     
  4. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    exactly. the only reason why i even stated adding another one is because today i read in a consumer reports magazine that a Sony laptop had 2 video cards, and it was a 13.3" laptop also. i was suprized
     
  5. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

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    Are you some Hardcore gamer, or do you use Motion in FCS? The graphics card in the macbook isn't that bad, it handles many gmaes pretty well. If you don't do any GPU intensive tasks it doesn't really matter.
     
  6. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    i second that ;)
     
  7. jholzner macrumors 65816

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    I've also read that Intels next Int. graphics chipset is supposed to be pretty damn good compared to this one. You may want to wait until the next Macbook revision.
     
  8. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    yeah, a lot of people give it a much harder time than it deserves. i switched from a powerbook to this macbook and i haven't noticed a difference one bit..
     
  9. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    you'd be waiting awhile. it's not supposed to be here til around April 2007 or later
     
  10. Yoyodyne macrumors member

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    That's the SZ, I believe. It has integrated graphics and a dedicated card, giving the option to switch off the dedicated gpu and gain battery life. If the majority of SZ’s didn’t have external antennas, they would be perfect for their class.
     
  11. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    yeah. they're expensive too, if i remember correctly?
     
  12. Yoyodyne macrumors member

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    Yeah, they're pricey. The cheapest models come in at just under $2000, but they have premium models that go way beyond that. But, if one was looking for a laptop to replace the 12" powerbook, the SZ is a good option if one is open to other platforms. It fills that performance/portability gap between the 13" MacBook and 15" MacBook Pro.
     
  13. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    it might be a good option, but i couldn't afford it. and i don't think i can go back to a windows machine...
     
  14. bladerunner6 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i'm not a hard core gamer
    but i'm probably going to use motion
     
  15. bladerunner6 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    there's no way that i'm getting a windows
    i barely know how to use them anyway
    if someone gave me one i'd probably sell it...:D
     
  16. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

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    If you want to use motion at all, you'll need a mac with a dedicated GPU then.
     
  17. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Motion + Notebook = MBP....
     
  18. clevin macrumors G3

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    the good thing is Intel GMA 950 is better than Ati Radeon 7500 32Mb.
    the bad thing is ATi Radeon 7500 32Mb is 5 years old.

    MacBook's adoption of Intel GMA 950 is undoubtedly a mistake, or failure, but it is good enough for your everyday use, just no intense 3D game. say, Doom
     

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