128MB GPU vs 252 MB GPU quick question

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  1. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    Hi, I have a quick question about the current Macbook pro. Does the 256 MB graphics card really make a huge difference? I will be doing graphic-editing often and some video editing. Will 256 MB really make a difference than the 128 one?
     
  2. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    not for what you're doing, unless you're going to be running it on a high resolution monitor, thats where the extra graphics ram helps
     
  3. jbg232 macrumors 65816

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    10% increase in performance in programs that rely heavily on video card performance.
     
  4. Watabou thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Oh ok. So not a lot huh. Well I'll still be hoping that they turn that into 256MB for the baseline when they update the mbp though :(

    I think I will be using an external display anyways.
     
  5. aiterum macrumors 6502

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    You should be able to use higher textures and stuff during gaming from a 256, but overall performance isn't going to see too much of a difference overall. However, since most games are moving towards 256mb being the minimum requirement for video cards, it might be an investment to either get the higher video card, or wait to see if the update coming soon includes a video card bump
     
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  8. Andrmgic macrumors 6502a

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    Those are older games and are not representative of modern ones in terms of Vram.
     
  9. Watabou thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Well it does help a little. :eek:

    Also to the poster above me: Yeah that really helped. :rolleyes:
     
  10. kashik macrumors regular

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    my 64MB videocard runs Doom just as well as any 256MB card......
     
  11. soccerjoe5 macrumors regular

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    good point. where can i find comparisons using new games? i'd like to see the diff on the newer games
     
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    Then you don't understand their usage of vram.
     
  13. brandonshough macrumors regular

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    Limiting factor on newer games is going to be the GPU not the Memory tied to it.
     
  14. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    I bet my 8mb card on the G3 would do well.

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  16. soccerjoe5 macrumors regular

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    most welcome :) i'd like to see the 2 systems perform with the latest games though, to see if it does make a bigger difference. anyone?
     
  17. TheMonarch macrumors 65816

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    GPU memory does NOT equal speed. Unless you're using more than 128MB at any given time, 256MB will not give you any speed increase. Its all other factors combined, such as core speed/memory speed that contribute to higher frame rates.


    GPU memory allows the storage of more textures, on-screen objects, resolution, etc.
     
  18. prism macrumors 6502a

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    Totally obsolete and misleading information in here. All the games are ancient and the test is done on the OSX platform (not really optimized for games). Just running 3DMark 06 that focuses textures will show you something like a 1000 point + difference between the two vram sizes.
    It is also misleading to suggest that performance depends mainly on GPU. To play today's games, vram size and bandwidth are as important!
     
  19. soccerjoe5 macrumors regular

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    know where i can find the newer games comparisons of the 2 systems? i'd like to see them :)


    edit: i see that you've got the 2.2 system. how do you like it so far in playing games?
     
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    well said we have a lot of hard work ahead of us educating the numpties on here who have been sold on the Lie that more ram = superior card, good luck Sir Knight!:D
     
  21. prism macrumors 6502a

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    They had a whole section on this in "insidemacgames" a while ago, I am not sure if it is still there.
    As for my setup, I notice that 128mb vram is limiting in modern games such as COD4, already at medium settings you feel maxed out!
     
  22. soccerjoe5 macrumors regular

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    thanks i'll look it up :)

    edit: how much ram do you have in your MBP? i'm guessing 4GB of ram will help?
     
  23. prism macrumors 6502a

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    More RAM will speed things up by reducing disk access, it will not make much of a difference in fps!
    I have the default 2gb for the time being. Games like HL2 run amazingly well all maxed out. For more modern games, medium settings pushes my setup to its limits!
     

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