Do i need a 256mb Graphics Card? ie High End MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by a1dipship, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. a1dipship macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2007
    ive given back three mbps over the last 14 days (2xkernel panics & 1 screen flickering) and today i got a refund for the last one as the store was out of stock. i have my macbook but ill miss backlit keyboard again ....

    this has given me a chance to reassess what exactly i need - 128 or 256 graphics. i brought the high end mac thinking at this moment in time it is as future proof as can be.... as i dont anticipate buying another mac for a good 3 years - but with technology and needs changing you never know....

    so, what i need to know is whether the graphics card plays any role in day to day usage ie. internet, having apps open, eyeTV, iphoto, the new leopard os, playing music, watching vids etc, but no games ... all non specialist usage. im just an average home user at this point.

    my feeling is to buy the high model again when its in stock, and i probably will. but im curious to know whether it offers me anything at all 'in the meantime' ie. before i might actually need it because tech moving on and/or my usage needs changing.... could the 256 come into play?

    ultimately this q isnt all that big a deal but i am curious.

  2. -Nick macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2007
    If you don't plan on playing games at all, and for just general usage, then the 128mb version should serve you just fine.
  3. mag2001 macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2007
    San Antonio, TX
  4. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
  5. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2006
    definitely go with the 128MB VRAM version. It'll still make all your applications fly as well as give Leopard's new visual effects plenty of elbow room to use. I use a 64MB Radeon 9000 in my G4 tower, and I havent had a moment of laggy graphics yet (Running 10.4.10 too)

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