Dedicated GPU on Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tdurden12, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. tdurden12 macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2011
    I am buying a laptop for grad school. Should I get a macbook pro with a dedicated GPU? I will be using MS Office, surfing the web, watching hulu, handbrake, latex, maybe Matlab occasionally? Does a dedicated GPU help any of these applications? From reading the internet, it seems like a dedicated GPU is only useful for games and maybe adobe cs5. I have a ps3, so I won't be gaming on my laptop.
    Thanks for your time.
  2. Blondie :) macrumors 6502a

    Blondie :)

    May 12, 2010
    Prescott, AZ
    you shouldn't need any dedicated GPU. If you get one of the new MacBook Pro's that are out now, the Intel HD 3000 will meet your needs.
  3. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
  4. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    intel3000 will handle all of that fine, no need for a ded gpu.
  5. The Mad Mule macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2010
  6. dagamer34 macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Question is a moot point really because you said you'd be using handbrake. If you really are going to use Handbrake a lot (and don't like waiting), you'll be more inclined to get a 15" MacBook Pro with a quad-core CPU which comes with a dedicated GPU anyway. Video encoding is one of the few cases where CPU core count and performance is an almost linear relationship.
  7. tdurden12 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2011

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