does adding extra ram help 9400m graphics card?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by chill., Oct 15, 2008.

  1. chill. macrumors 6502

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    hi, i just purchased the new 2.4 ghz macbook and am wondering whether to invest in 4gb of ram

    since the nvidia 9400m uses 256mb of shared main memory, would adding 4gb of ram improve graphics at all? could you dedicate more than 256 mb to the card?
     
  2. dougnewman macrumors 6502

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    It will only use 256MB.

    However, you will obviously have more RAM "left over" after you subtract whatever amount of RAM the GPU us using.
     
  3. budkid macrumors regular

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    Ouch....$400....

    I wanted more memory...i guess w ill have to wait.
     
  4. Beric macrumors 68020

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    Uhhh... You know that Apple RAM is a total rip-off, right? And that any idiot can install RAM without voiding the warranty.

    I'm not getting one of the new Macbooks, but it's not because of RAM.
     
  5. dougnewman macrumors 6502

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    What's $400? Certainly not 4 GB of RAM. $150 is more like it.
     
  6. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

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    yeah hes right...the 9400 will only use 256 of your RAM, so the rest of it will go toward anything else that you do...so yes, i will help, just not in the graphics department...
     
  7. budkid macrumors regular

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    Sorry...I saw it listed separately on the online apple store...but it is $300. I made the typo of $400.
     
  8. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    you dont have to get it on the apple store, go buy it from another store where it will be basically half apples price :D

    OP the extra RAM will barely help. if you will constantly be addressing more than 2GB of RAM while playing any game then thats a darn resource hungry game. maybe an upgrade to 3gb of RAM would be worth it?
     

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