330m 256mb vs 512 mb?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kovalchuk71, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. kovalchuk71 macrumors 6502

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    So I just sold my MB and am going to be upgrading to a MBP. I have been reading up on the current ones and have seen that almost everyone reccomends going with the 15" 2.44ghz vs the 2.66, as the ~$400 difference is not justified. What still sways me towards the higher end 15" is that the 330m has 512mb vs the 256mb in the base model. I will be using it for games such as The Sims 3, Civilizations, and SC II. I will also be using PS as well. Will I notice a huge performance difference between the 512 and the 256?
     
  2. Neolithium macrumors 6502a

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    If you won't be gaming at higher resolutions than the MBP offers, the extra 256MB won't mean much to you.
     
  3. Reelknead1 macrumors 6502

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  4. applebook macrumors 6502a

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    I laugh when I see lower end cards ship with up to a gig of memory or even more. :D

    Intel integrated 5000XDHHHHA with 4Gb shared memory!!!! ;)
     
  5. calaverasgrande macrumors 65816

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    I used to work with a guy that would say stuff like "the 2.6ghz MBP is much faster than the 2.4" all the time. I finally had to point out that its a 10% speed difference. When you take into account how much cpu some random apps can consume in the background, or even differing hard drive specs, the performance is roughly the same.
    I remember a study a few years back asserted that you need to see a 50% boost in CPU performance before you can notice a difference.
     

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