9600 GT 256mb vs 8600 GT 512mb ??? Help Please!!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sukanas, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. sukanas macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2007
    I was wondering if u guys knew which one was better
    it appears in that the whole deal w/ two graphics chip is that it switches off manually (when u prefer it) and not use two simultaneously.. (correct me if im wrong)

    the new MBP is 1899 (edu discount)
    and the ever so famous refurb MBP w/ 512mb 8600GT for 1499

    So heres my dilemma
    First off, the price difference

    The Pros for new MBP:
    Trackpad (im REALLY liking it)
    Two Toned color, and new design (THIS IS A HUGGGE PLUS, ascetics are big for me)

    Con for New MBP:
    Only FW 800 (not too bad cause i actually use FW800 instead of fw400)
    Glossy? (not too bad either other than the fact that i only do photo editing as a hobby, nothing professional or serious on printing etc...)
    Expensive??? is it worth the 400 dollars more??

    Pros for old MBP:
    uh.. extra ports? real dvi port?, no stupid mini micro crap dvi w/e it is that apple keeps inventing
    Matte? (not really too much like i said above, id PREFER it but not absolutely necessary
    CHEAPER! but even though im receiving this as a gift, i dont wanna just 'waste' my sister's money

    Cons for old MBP:
    NO COOL BUTTONLESS TRACKPAD (i really want that!!)
    8600GT Could still be faulty??

    Well, that pretty much sums it up.. i guess it comes down to money really
    I really love the new look of the mBP in my opinion

    Oh and i will be using this for web/music/office/iwork w/e
    and the most graphic intense thing i can think of is aperture (i will be dealing w/ RAW images too)
  2. eidrunner247 macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2006
    I think what you are paying for mostly is the "look" factor with the new MBP. Even if there are faulty graphic chips, they only hit a minority of the MBP and Apple is taking corrective steps to fix them.

    I am sure the 9600 is better than the 8600, but it's not a terrible night/day difference. That being said, there is little difference between 256mb 8600 and the 512mb 8600. (barefeats.com). I might try and save a little more and get the MBP for 1349.

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