GPU questions

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  1. m1stake macrumors 68000

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    I was considering a Mac Pro before the update, but I'll be sticking with Windows for serious work this time around. However, my G4 PowerMac is falling apart, the hard disk in particular. Not to mention that I can't do what I want to do on it anymore. I want to replace it.

    I did some searching around the forums and found some older threads with issues like not being able to switch GPUs in Windows. Is this still a problem? If if it is still a problem, which GPU is automatically used?

    Thanks for your assistance.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The 9600M GT is all you get under Windows on the MacBook Pro.

    I believe there was one thread on some time back on someone being stuck on the 9400M G though.
     
  3. m1stake thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I was hoping that'd be the answer. :D

    Games won't be it's main function, but I'd like to have a few on there.

    Thanks!

    Edit:

    Another question while I've got your attention. The .26Ghz difference between the 2.4 and 2.66 is negligible. Is there any reason to spring for the $2499 model? It certainly doesn't look like it.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It depends on how much more money you can make with 266 MHz more of CPU power.

    Otherwise DIY RAM and hard drive upgrades are dirt cheap nowadays. Don't forget to take a look at the refurbished models. ;)
     
  5. m1stake thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I'm losing $40,000 a year, and at the moment I don't think I'll be using it for CS4. Now, I haven't read to much on FAFSA yet, but I don't think this thing can make me any money. :p
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I wish I could empathize more but it was about $3,000 for me to attend my instate university.

    I used to by a new Mac every year with the money I used to make on campus. Now it's just bills. Hard drives are cheap and that Power Mac G4 might just have enough life left in it for about $40.

    It's March, get that FAFSA filled out now! They paid for about 2/3 of my tuition.
     
  7. m1stake thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Most of the places I'm looking at are throwing $10,000 of there own money at me, but I won't be able to do FAFSA until Saturday. (Woo ego post!)

    I actually have a spare drive lying around (4GB, :rolleyes:), but while the HDD is the only thing failing ATM, choppy YouTube playback and choppy... word processing, would have me just buy a new computer. I've gotten 8 years of use out of this thing, which weighs in at about 61 cents a day. I think it's time to retire the thing. :eek:
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    YouTube is going to be miserable on an old G4. Maybe get a cheaper Mac laptop? :D

    I've only have my current Mac for 499 days now.
     
  9. m1stake thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Price is not an issue, I originally got this retail job to pay for a new computer. The 15 inch screen is important to me, the 9600GT is important to me.
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Refurbished entry MacBook Pro then.
     
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    DDR3 memory is not cheap... Apple sells it roughly for the same price elsewhere. And the 266Mhz of processing power is incorrect. The 2.4Ghz only has 3MB of shared L2 cache, while the 2.66Ghz not only has more power, but double the L2 cache size (6MB). L2 cache is important for stuff like CS4, video render, encode/decode, etc.
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Maybe if it was still 2008.

    L2 is nice but not at much as raw clock speed over 3-4 MB of it.

    You'll learn this very quickly when overclocking components with lower cache sizes.
     
  13. m1stake thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I believe I forgot the part where I can get a 20% discount on the computer and even more on Apple Care in May. :D I am going to look at the refurbs though, we've bought refurbished before and had great experiences both times.

    I feel kind of dumb buying the Apple Care, but I would imagine that if I need the thing, I need the thing. We'll see, but I don't buy warranties unless the thing is guaranteed to fail outside of it's initial warranty (Don't take that 100% literally :D).

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    I looked through the refurb store, and they didn't have exactly what I was looking for. On the upside, my price is better by a hundred bucks or so.
     
  14. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Whatever is the best deal for your dollar. For me it's refurbished. My education discount only works for another month. :(
     
  15. J DILLA macrumors member

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    so is it worth the extra $300 for 256mb more vram, 3mb more L2 cache and 0.26ghz more processor speed?
     
  16. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    If your life depends on those seconds shaved off on CPU dependent tasks and you just have to game on the MacBook Pro with higher settings.

    Otherwise, no.
     
  17. m1stake thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The card is underclocked, and 256mb of extra memory isn't going to make a difference in a mid range card. I will be playing a few games on it, but I've got a real computer for that. :p
     
  18. J DILLA macrumors member

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    well as far as lifetime of the computer goes... would it be better to just get the upgraded version now? i would be planning on keeping the computer for at least 4 years.. right now i'm still using my powerbook g4 i bought in 2005:D
     
  19. m1stake thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The performance difference is negligible today, and will be negligible four years from now. However, there is one difference: I'll have spent $500 less on it.
     
  20. Patriks7 macrumors 65816

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    Sorry if I misread your post, but you want to buy a MacBook Pro and run mostly Windows through Boot Camp? Cause if yeah, the battery life is hooooorrrrriiiiiiibbbbblllllleeeee!
    And I would say just go for the 2.4. There really is nothing on the 2.66 (except for 500$ more) unless you need 3 or 4 more FPS :p
     

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