512MB VRAM for Photoshop CS5 and two monitors

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by oferk, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. oferk macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2011

    I currently have an old MBP from 2007, with Geforce8600 and 128mb vram. It works fine with photoshop until I plug in my new external monitor, and then the opengl features, like the rotate canvas tool are disabled. I guess its because of the amount of vram.
    Anyway, Im planning to buy a new laptop soon, and Im considering my options. I don't see any reason for me to buy the higher end 15" model, except maybe the larger vram. I don't do any 3D, only 2D drawings, after effects and premiere, which I know won't benefit from the better video card. So, is any of you knows if the 512MB card is enough to support two high-res monitors (1600-1400 and 1920-1080)?

  2. JamesGorman macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    I believe the 512MB card will be more than enough.
  3. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    With todays VRAM resolution really isn't the problem.
    How much you need depends on how much the applications/games need to work well or how many different windows you switch between all the time. Every Windows visible or not takes a bit of VRAM in OSX.
  4. oferk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2011

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