128 vs 256 VRAM & Vista

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ZoomZoomZoom, Aug 5, 2006.

  1. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2005
    I am looking at buying a 15.4'' MBP in a couple months when they release the Rev B preloaded with leopard. I know that I will be putting in 1.5g of RAM. I don't know how much VRAM I need, though.

    I will definitely be dual booting into Vista, and will be using a 24'' external LCD; no wish to upgrade to a 30'' though. I will be doing some photoshop, but nothing serious. I want to be able to play games like WoW and The Sims 2 at smooth frame rates and at least medium quality.

    Will 128mb VRAM let me do all these things? Does it matter whether I have 128 or 256mb of VRAM if I want to play around with Aero on Vista? Would 256 be any better than a 128 when it comes to having an external monitor? I'm not playing games like Doom 3, but I still want a machine that can give me good frame rates on moderately graphics-intensive games.

    And sort of a side question - will having a bigger graphics card negatively impact my battery life significantly?

    I don't have the itch to have the 'latest and greatest' but these are some things that I need to see my MBP do. So, can I do it all with 128, or am I looking at a hole $500 deeper in the wallet?
  2. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
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  3. davisjw macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2006
    Richmond, Va
    I'd defiently upgrade to the 256 to get the "smoothness" you want. As far as I know a bigger video card wont have an effect on battery performance or at least not so much as to be noticable.. Someone correct me if I'm wrong..
  4. ZoomZoomZoom thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2005
    More is always better, but I'm more concerned as to whether 128 is 'enough'. I plan to replace my laptop in 2 years, so I'm not too interested in totally future-proofing myself; I just want to see whether or not if 128 can do what I need during those 2 years.
  5. bobber205 macrumors 68020


    Nov 15, 2005
    128 is enough. WoW goes "close to quality smooth" on the macbook's vram...
  6. wisredz macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2006
    This is really important to me as well. I plan to buy a Mac as well and I would like to know if the 256 VRAM will make WoW playing any better. WoW isn't such a demanding program so I believe 128 will be enough.
    I also think in terms of "the more the better", but this service is not present in my country at the present time.
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    more. yeah you could get by with the 128, but eventually you'd see some lag. two years.. never know what you'll want to do besides WOW...
  8. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    Get the best system you can afford right now, so it will do what you want it to for the longest time possible. And normally, the higher spec'd the machine is, the better the resell value will be down the road......

    And BTW, Vista w/ Aeroglass IS a vram resource H O G, so the more the better as far as that is concerned.... and Leopard will most likely have higher eye-candy requirements too :)
  9. Maxiseller macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2005
    Little grey, chilly island.
    I second everything said.

    It's not a tremendous investment now to upgrade, but you can't do it later on - thats a big pain if you decide you really could have done with it!

    Vista is a hungry OS - feed it everything you can.
  10. wisredz macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2006
    well I know I won't be playing WoW all the time :) but I'm not interested in FPS games, and 128 is good for NOW which something I do not like at all. I want to buy the best computer I can, but the 256 mb service is temporarily unavailable. Actually it's this way. They don't have the part I want, so they will need to import it from the USA or UK, which, I am said, expensive and time consuming.
    Anyway I asked another apple dealer (unfortunately there is no apple center in my city, and I'm living in the capitol :) ) and am waiting for their reply on this matter. Praying they have the part at the ready. Pray for me, will you guys? :)
  11. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    a few mouths? By the time we get 10.5 you'll be looking at a pretty old Rev B MacBook Pro... stuff will change a lot before we get 10.5, and we will possible go through 2 revs of MBP(on rev c)

    But get the most you can, as it can be upgraded after the fact.

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