Does my macbook pro have 256 or 512 graphics?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by middleroom, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. middleroom macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2009
    this may seem like a silly question, but I just wanted to check with the experts!

    i recently purchased a 15" macbook pro on ebay, advertised as the 'NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 256MB' model.

    so when i opened up system profiler to check the specs, under graphics/displays i see 2 video cards:

    Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
    Type: Display
    Bus: PCI
    VRAM (Total): 256 MB


    Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
    Type: Display
    Bus: PCIe
    PCIe Lane Width: x16
    VRAM (Total): 512 MB

    so my question is this: is this (as it looks) the +512mb graphics option or the +256mb option? i'm confused

    did i get more than i paid for? i hope so! :)
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  3. MWPULSE macrumors 6502a


    Dec 27, 2008
    You have a 256mb intergrated graphics.. its not really intergrated just thats the way they call it, i think-run of the mill, also less power consuming, use it when on the move :)

    You also have a 512mb discrete graphics.. the 9600 is a good card :) i have the model previous-the 8600gtm in my MBP (non uni) and i love the thing :)

  4. Theclamshell macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009
    you have both 256 and 512, you can choose which one you would like to use, if you want to game then use the 9600 and if you want longer battery life use the 9400, how much did you pay for it?
  5. middleroom thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2009
    thanks for the replies.

    fun173/mwpulse - how do you choose which you want to use? i thought they were both on automatically!? :confused:

    I paid just over £1100, similar spec brand new is £1,500 here in uk. so saved a bit.
  6. Minimoose 360 macrumors 65816

    Minimoose 360

    Jul 7, 2008
    System Preferences > Hardware > Energy Saver
    (Or just click on your battery indicator at the top right in the Finder bar and select Energy Saver Preferences)

    Better Battery Life = 9400M
    Higher Performance = 9600M

    It will log you out for a second and then whatever option you selected will be active.
  7. middleroom thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2009

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