13" MBP RAM upgrade = HD3000 VRAM upgrade?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Doggman, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Doggman macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2012
    Okay so there is a chance that I made this up in my brain but I swear I read some where that when you upgrade the ram in a 13" MBP from 4GB to 8GB, the HD3000 gets to use some of it, increasing your vram from 384MB to 512MB?

    Is this true or is it complete bologna?

    If its true, how much performance increase would it be going from 384 - 512 vram?

    Thanks and sorry if this has been discussed before
  2. JamesGorman macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    it is true. But im not sure how much you will notice it.
  3. ivoruest macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2010
    Yes. It does increase as you say. I don't think you'll see a big improvement. Intel HD 3000 is not a high performance graphics at all.
  4. Wafflausages macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2010
    i'd do it anyways you benefit from it and plus 8gb is pretty cheap at $40 so you dont really have much to lose
  5. Mr MM macrumors 65816

    Mr MM

    Jun 29, 2011
    you are going to notice and not its not your head. another thing get higher speeds like 1866mhz for the ram, it will improve the bandwidth that the gpu negotiate
  6. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    I doubt it is gonna show any difference. If it was worth something cutting 512 out of 4GB would be happening too. It will help in some situations like visual quality, amount of open windows.
    If you want more frames in games what you need is 1866Mhz ram. That gets you some extra fps depending on the game. The amount of ram hardly ever affects speed only quality.

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