256 VRAM for PB?????

wrxguy

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Does anyone know of a way to get 256 VRAM on a PowerBook???? is this even possible?? I think it might when the intel chips go into play in the next year or so but what about now??
 

ChrisFromCanada

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wrxguy said:
Does anyone know of a way to get 256 VRAM on a PowerBook???? is this even possible??
There is absolutely no possible way.

wrxguy said:
I think it might when the intel chips go into play in the next year or so but what about now??
maybe this will come into play when the intel chips come, we have no way of knowing. But for now there is no way in the current powerbooks.



Also just FYI, there is a lot more to a video card than vram.
 

Rod Rod

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ChrisFromCanada said:
Also just FYI, there is a lot more to a video card than vram.
Yup, for example the current Radeon 9650 has 256MB VRAM, which is twice the VRAM as in the Radeon 9600 XT, but the 9600 XT is better than the 9650 (except for its lack of double-link DVI).
 

Veldek

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mkrishnan said:
Just out of curiosity, what is the connection between the Intel chips and getting to 256MB VRAM? You don't mean 256 *shared* "VRAM" do you? :(
I think he just meant that we will see a redesigned PowerBook as soon as the Intel processors arrive, which opens the door for better videocards with 256MB VRAM (if these exist).
 

BornAgainMac

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Yes, it will eventually happen. Not dependent on Intel. This will help keep the prices at the current levels along with higher clock, bigger drive, faster DVD burner, etc.
 

zach

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sw1tcher said:
Is there even a 256MB GPU available for laptops yet?
alienware.

give those guys credit, i dislike PCs in general, but alienware builds a hell of a laptop.

i don't believe that chipset is standard though, alienware does have those funky upgradable portable graphics cards.

i'd guess you could only get the 256 vram mobility solutions from someone like alienware, voodoo, or falcon.
 

1nsanity

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zach said:
alienware.

Most laptop companies have 256meg video card it is not uncommon. I mean even the old radeon 9700 had a 256 meg version.
Dell has 256 meg video cards in several flavors, the old ati 9800pro mobile was 256meg, now there is the 6800 and the 6800 ultra both mobile solutions with 256megs.

Sager has them, basically any serious laptop retailer (dell, alienware and many more) all have 256meg graphics cards.
 

Koree

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As somebody probably mentioned,

No for putting it in current powerbooks

Doesn't have anything to do with x86 macs

FYI vram isn't all that matters.
 

1nsanity

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Koree said:
FYI vram isn't all that matters.
GPU and Ram cocl speeds!!

Same thing goes with PC, some people think that because a geforce 6600 has 256meg its better than a 6600gt with 128 meg.

One other thing, if you look at all those laptops with 256 graphic card, they all weight a lot more so I doubt apple would sacrifice that.
 

Xephian

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In the PC world, there are plenty of 256MB VRAM Mobility cards. The Voodoo, Alienware, and Dell laptops all have Nvidia 6800 Ultra's in them.
 

rickvanr

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Alienware notebooks are over 2 inches thick and most likely weigh a tonne (starts at 10 pounds).

That being said if it could run OS X, I'd think seriously about it because the specs and it's customizability is unreal.
 

lopresmb

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in case anyone was wondering HP also has a 2" 10lb'er that has a ATI Mobility Radeon x600 PCI Express x16 with 256MB dedicated memory. Nice idea, but way too big and not a mac :( . ***but they do exist, even with major name computer brands***
 

mkrishnan

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lopresmb said:
in case anyone was wondering HP also has a 2" 10lb'er that has a ATI Mobility Radeon x600 PCI Express x16 with 256MB dedicated memory. Nice idea, but way too big and not a mac :( . ***but they do exist, even with major name computer brands***
Dell also has the Inspiron XPS-2, which is a very alienware-looking thing itself. It uses a 6800 Ultra to get to 256MB. It's a big one too, although it isn't clear how big. Dell just mysteriously states:

Weight: Starting at approximately 8.6 lbs. (3.9 kg) - Weight shown is with 9-cell battery and optical drive.
So I'm guessing that a typical config is also much closer to 10 lbs....