Differences between Macbook 15" line - justify the costs?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by XP Defector, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. XP Defector macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2006
    Does anyone have any benchmarks for these machines? Also, am I correct in presuming that the more expensive of the three have 'extra' video cards? What's going on here? Any ideas helpful since I'm about to buy. I would be using this machine primarily for travel photography (aperture, NX, photoshop etc), however also for sound engineering (as a hobby). I'm be going for the anti-glare I'm sure, but beyond this I'm a bit lost, I'm not interested in using it for anything else. I can spend that extra money on some new glass =)
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Low-end 15" suits OK for your needs, you won't get any benefit from the 9600M GT. Apps you run are more CPU and RAM based
  3. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    Now Aperture I know uses more of the GPU than Lightroom or other tasks, so if you run Aperture, the 9600 might be worth it. I generally don't think it's worth it because of the heat issues that arise from having that card in the unibodies.

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