9400M or 9600M GT?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by n00bie13, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. n00bie13 macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2009
    Hey guys

    So I'm thinking about getting a new 13" MacBook Pro (with 2.53ghz and a 9400M, 2gb) and id like to ask... would each of these cards be able to handle Wolrd of Warcraft and video rendering at the same time?

  2. mlemonds macrumors 6502a


    Apr 9, 2008
    Lexington, KY
    well the 9600 would be better, but it isnt in the 13"

    the 9400 should work fine
  3. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    If you are going to be doing both video rendering and World of Warcraft at the same time, opt for the 9600M GT over the 9400M. While the 9400M can handle World of Warcraft and video rendering separately, together is a whole new story.

    If cost is a problem, opt for a previous generation MacBook Pro with the 9600M GT.
  4. Cymbal macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2008
    Does anyone know the average fps when playing WoW on the MacBook Pro @ 1440 X 900 resolution with the 9400M?
  5. powersurge macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2008
    Pensacola, FL
    No doubt 9600M. My Macbook Pro (late 08 unibody) can dip below 20fps (9600m) in Wintergrasp and in large raids (Ulduar as an example). TBH though I wouldn't have anything else running while your gaming as you will see a lot of slow down (well other than vent and the like).
  6. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
  7. Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    World of Warcraft does not play very well on the 9400M. It is playable at low - medium settings in Vanilla WoW. In Northrend zones however (which are more detailed) your going to hit very very low FPS. The 9600GT isn't that much better but it can play the game at medium with acceptable FPS and graphical quality / draw distance.
  8. yoavcs macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2004

    I have it.

    WoW is at High settings.

    Old world = average 30 FPS.
    Outland = average 20-25 FPS.

    Haven't been to Northrend yet.

    Perfectly acceptable IMHO.
  9. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    If you want to play a game you should:

    a) Have a dedicated GPU
    b) Run it in Windows. Graphics drivers for OS X are so poor that your performance will be significantly better when you do this, even if it is a properly ported OS X game like WoW.

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