do graphics really make a big difference?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by clin86, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. clin86 macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2008
    i was wondering if theres a big difference between the nvidia 9400 and 9600?

    i.e in everyday tasks like opening programs and running coverflow, iphoto and flash vidoes online. Because i currently have the 2.4 unibody macbook and my computer seems to be running slow so i figured maybe an upgrade to the macbook pro might help.
    also i need it to power the 24inch cinema display.
    which would be a better choice for me?
    i'm thinking of getting either the old 2.4ghz macbook pro or the newer 2.53ghz one.
  2. asphyxiafeeling macrumors regular


    May 31, 2008
    Cali baby!
    for the tasks you mentioned the 9400 is more then sufficient. a large number of windows laptops nowadays run on the inferior intel GMA X4500, and even they can handle those things fine.

    but the 24 inch display... i think that a better video card would help there. i'm not positive about it though, feel free to correct me if i'm wrong, MR members. the logic i'm using is that when you play games a lower resolution usually results in better framerate/performance. likewise, the higher the resolution, the harder your GPU has to work. would this also apply to using an external display to push your resolution past native?
  3. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    #3 the economy and buy a new computer... you probably won't notice the difference in processor power though...
  4. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    9400 is more than enough for all this, even for the 24".

    What do you mean by "seems to be running slow"?
  5. clin86 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2008
    like when i run safari, i seem to get alot of the spinning beachball. especially running plug-ins or flash heavy websites
  6. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    I'm pretty sure that is not related to the GPU in any way.
  7. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    Using both to the limit, wasn't it a ~ 2-5x difference?
  8. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    In gaming performance (looking at fps benchmarks) and 3D rendering, the 9600m is about 2x as fast. In other applications, there is not a big difference performance-wise.
  9. clin86 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2008
    hmm so what actually affects the performance of everyday use such as opening of programs, faster web surfing i.e no spinning beachball
  10. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    RAM/Number of open programs
  11. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    And hard drive speed.
  12. clin86 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2008
    so the clock speed of the processor doesnt matter at all? so would u recommend just upgrading to a solid state drive instead of getting a new computer?
  13. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    You will notice significant speed improvements if you upgrade the HDD. If you just upgrade the processor, you probably won't notice any difference. Also, if you're running only 2 gigs of RAM, that would probably be the culprit.
  14. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    Why not the 2.53 refurb @ $1449. That way if you decide to play games someday you can and you still get the Expresscard slot.

  15. uv23 macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2003
    Calgary, AB

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