15" uMBP w/9600 256 vs 512

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cc2096, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. cc2096 macrumors regular


    May 13, 2005
    So I am going to be getting a refurb uMBP towards the end of the week and I am trying to decide between the 256mb and the 512mb versions of the 9600M. I will be using it mostly for surfing, blogging, programming, photoshop and gaming. Obviously the gaming is what really poses the question.

    I plan to play things like WoW, Aion, L4D2, Borderlands, CoD:MW2, Batman Arkham Asylum, and the like. Obviously this will be done in windows via boot camp.

    Is the 512mb absolutely necessary to play these games with decent settings or will I be fine with the 256mb as long as I have the discrete gfx (i.e. I know I wouldn't be able to play most of these on the 13" uMBP which is why I am already in the 15" category).

    Any help would be appreciated.
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    256MB is enough for the 9600M GT. Reason is because of the bit width of the link.
  3. Gatteau macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2009
    Why not wait for around Jan/Feb next year and see what the "upgrades" has to bring?
  4. vexatia macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2008
    Yep, I bootcamp MW2 with all settings on, except antialiasing with no problems, using a 256 discrete 15 uMBP.
  5. dudeitsjay macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2009
    really? i have to turn off the shadows, AA and of course vsync to get some decent framerates that'll be smooth throughout the game...
  6. vexatia macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2008
    My VSYNC was off, by default, so I'd agree with the need to turn that off. I leave shadows on.
  7. cc2096 thread starter macrumors regular


    May 13, 2005
    So i've decided to get the 256mb version. I've been told that most of the games I want to play are actually playable in OSX instead of having to boot camp into Windows. Does anyone have any info on how this is accomplished?
  8. Hydroxs macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2008
  9. icedd macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2009
    You are better off playing it off bootcamp because theres just a better, more developed gaming community on windows. Unless you are only playing single player, nobody ever plays games on OSX. By the way, what is this VSYNC you guys are talking about? I just got Modern Warfare 2 yesterday and I am looking to find a way to play it even smoother. I found the option to turn off shadow though.
  10. EndlessMac macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2009
    If there is a Mac version then you won't have to boot into Windows. A lot of the popular games have a Mac version.

    The Mac gaming community isn't going to grow if everyone plays their games in Windows.
  11. bmstrong macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2007
    I'd assume he wants it now...

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