9600m vs 9400m external monitors

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  1. darkdream macrumors member

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    I am just wondering if the 9600m will be better if I am using a large external monitor or multiple external monitors or will the 9400m be basically the same. The only reason I am not jsut getting the 2.66 version is that I do not want to be tempted to game in college. I will also be getting the employee discount 25% from a friend so the 2.53 will cost about $1720 with tax and applecare and the 2.66 will cost $1920 with tax and applecare.

    Also I am just wondering for those who do not game or do 3-D editing... how often do you use your 9600m?
     
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  3. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    They can both support a large external monitor, but expose, 3d rendering, etc.. will look smoother on the 9600 than the 9400
     
  4. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Definitely.

    For 2D stuff, the 9400M is just fine at 1920x1080. Even for 480p .avi video playback and network TV "HD" Flash video streaming at 720p, not a problem in my experience.
     
  5. Panzo macrumors 6502

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    THREAD JACK:

    Newmacbookplz whats is this collectors edition macbook you speak of in your sig?
     
  6. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    lol...

    It's a running joke with some of us Unibody MacBook owners. It's a joke that since out model was so short lived when it was replaced by the 13" MacBook Pro that it's a "collector's item."

    We all know it's not, but made for some fun in the MacBook/iBook forum. Started here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=714228
     
  7. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    I should start calling mine a Multibody MBP. More bodies are better than one!


    You'll probably be fine with the 9400, but I always get dedicated graphics in a laptop if possible it is impossible to upgrade in the future (and I've had bad experiences with integrated graphics, especially Intel stuff, though the 9400 is far better than anything Intel ever made). If you want to play games over the summer or something, you will regret not having the 9600.
     
  8. macuser154 macrumors 6502

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    I'll just say that with the MacBook Pro you can't use multiple external monitors. You are limited to one external as well as the internal display.

    Everything will be smoother with the 9600M, but the 9400M should handle it no problem.
     
  9. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I don't use the 9600M on my computer in OS X, so when I drive my external at full resolution there are no issues.
     
  10. zw-gator macrumors 6502a

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    No problems with a 24" monitor hooked up to my MBP :apple:
     
  11. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    The way to get multiple external monitors would be by using a MatroxDualHead2Go or their 3 monitor model.
     
  12. sirjpbear macrumors newbie

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    can you run a full 24" external with a 13"uMBP 9400M?

    What is the LARGEST monitor you can run well with a 13" uMBP 9400M?
     
  13. andrew12090 macrumors member

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    depends on the resolution of such screen, the 13 mbp can run a 30 inch apple display with the adapter.
     
  14. Works4Me macrumors regular

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    I run a 30 inch Dell on my 13" 2.4 Macbook unibody collector's edition without any difficulty. I don't get the frame rates I did on my previous generation 17" in certain apps (such as Seeker - a fun astronomy-ish app), but that's to be expected. However, it does work well enough for me.
     

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