GeForce 8600M GT vs Radeon x1600

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by swono, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. swono macrumors newbie

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    I just purchased a refurb'd MacBook Pro 2.33GHZ, 15", 2GB, 120GB hd, Radeon x1600. Now I see that they have refurb'd 2.4GHz machines with NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory $300 more.

    I am an architect and I frequently use 3D modeling animation programs such as Maya.

    Should I:
    1) return the current machine and get the latest.
    2) purchase NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
    3) purchase a top-range graphics card (if then, which one?)
    4) none of the above. don't worry about it.

    Thanks!
     
  2. zioxide macrumors 603

    zioxide

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    umm, you cant change the laptop video chip it's soldered on to the logic board.

    so you can either exchange it or keep it. the 8600m does have a fairly decent performance increase, but you have to decide whether its worth the hassle or not.
     
  3. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

    DoFoT9

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    you cannot replace laptop gpu's! they arent like dekstop computers.

    option number 1 i would choose.
     
  4. rowe4860 macrumors newbie

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    Ive got a MBP Pro with an X1600 in it too, and im really curious. Are there driver updates i should download for it? And if So....Where?
     
  5. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

    DoFoT9

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    not for osx. if ur running xp then u could get drivers from omega.org or amd.com i suppose. not much of an increase anyawys.:(
     

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