2gb-8gb RAM gaming graphics improvement (bootcamp)

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by ubergoober, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. ubergoober macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    I just upgraded my ram from 2gb ddr3 to 8 gb ddr3 and my gaming graphics rating went from 4.9 to 5.5. Did anyone else have the same experience? My macbook pro is running a 9400m with 64 bit windows 7.
  2. doh123 macrumors 65816

    Dec 28, 2009
    your vram amount probably went up. I know when I went from 4gb to 8gb my machine with a 320m went from saying 384mb to 512mb
  3. mac1984user macrumors 6502a


    Dec 10, 2009
    United Kingdom
    I wonder if the same trick will save my Mac Mini from its abysmal gaming performance. It's a late 2009 with a 9400M. If I try to play L4D2 on the Windows side, the computer crashes. If I play it on the Mac side, I turn the fan up all the way using SMC Fan Control and the game still plays. However, the knowledge that Mac graphics drivers are crappy compared to what I could be using on the Windows 7 side kind of irks me. Oh well...this is a non-issue. What am I doing trying to play a game on the 2009 Mac Mini anyway!?
  4. Killery96 macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2011
    That's so weird, as all those cards don't use shared memory like the integrated HD Graphics do... ...Never happened to me XD
  5. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Upping the RAM doesn't really provide real-world increases in performance when playing games. Just throwing that out there.

    And yes, I'm referring to integrated graphics cards like the HD3000.
  6. PowerGamerX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2009
    Uh, the 9400m and 320m are both integrated cards that use shared memory JUST LIKE the intel graphics do.
  7. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Yep. For some reason, something happened and a lot of people think they aren't.... I have no idea why though; to be honest I thought the same thing at one point.

    I think people just say it is because of the great performance it gave with the MBA... and in tern that led people to assume it was discrete. I guess.

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