320m users (graphics card)

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by notw618, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. notw618 macrumors newbie

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    a question for photographers editing and viewing photos with an nvidia 320m graphics card:
    are you satisfied? or do you wish you got a discrete card?
     
  2. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    That depends on the application: Photoshop doesn't make very good use of the GPU (yet?), so you won't see any difference. CS4 accelerated only zooming, panning and rotation to my knowledge, CS5 adds a few more, but nothing substantial. Lightroom doesn't use the GPU at all.

    On the other hand, apps like Aperture and Pixelmator can make much better use of a beefy GPU.
     
  3. notw618 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    huh. thanks for the info, i really hadn't the slightest idea.
    so, when does the discrete graphics kick in on the 15" mbp? just when playing games, mainly?
     
  4. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    That depends on the application. The discrete graphics kicks in when certain functions are to be performed. If I were you, I wouldn't worry about it, the 320M is plenty powerful for most users. I would only insist on getting a machine with a beefy gpu if I knew what I'd be using it for.
     
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