128MB or 256MB NVIDIA 8600 graphics card? VRAM Performance?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SeattleSnow, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. SeattleSnow macrumors newbie

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    Apr 20, 2008
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    I'm down to two machines:

    Does anybody know of any benchmark comparisons?
    I do video for a living and I'm trying to decide if I should get the refurb 2.2ghz SR MPB for $1449 or the refurb 2.4ghz SR MBP for $1649?
    I'm going to bump up the memory to 4GB myself. Going to add a 320gb HDD at 5400RPM later, and buy a 1T external.
    I'm going to buy from Apple.com or Small Dog, same price, any ideas?


    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    15.4-inch widescreen display
    2GB memory
    120GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 128MB of GDDR3 memory
    $1449

    or:

    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    15.4-inch widescreen display
    2GB memory
    160GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory
    $1649
     
  2. steinlager macrumors regular

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    Nov 2, 2007
    #2
    Go with the 2.4.

    It's faster, better graphics, bigger HD. Benchmark wise, 256 definitely makes a difference in graphics. I think 2.4 is 4-5% faster than the 2.2. It's only an extra $150 for those upgrades. I think it's worth it.

    I should've waited for refurb 2.4s :(
     
  3. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    #3
    Go for the 2.4. For $200 it's a good deal, in my opinion. Not for the video ram though, do it for the faster CPU, bigger hard drive, etc.
     
  4. Ranchdip macrumors member

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    Feb 6, 2008
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    You will see more colors in Final Cut Pro with the 256MB ram card than with the 128.
     

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