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

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

  1. ubergoober macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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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