Graphics card/ram question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by LeftoverCrack, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. LeftoverCrack macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2008
    so the graphics card in my early 2007 white 2ghz white macbook is integrated right? so does adding more ram. say.. 4gb from 1gb improve the graphics card? improving frame rates and such?
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    It has no effect on the graphics card: it will not grab more RAM no matter how much RAM you add. It may have a minimal effect on framerates as the game will have to swap to disk less, but it will be minimal.
  3. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    Increasing your RAM may help large applications function more efficiently, and should improve performance generally, but it will have zero effect on your graphics card - if the graphics card is the bottleneck (i.e. for games), then that won't change.
  4. LeftoverCrack thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2008
    alright. so running a game that normally consumes all of cpu load and turns the fans into high gear would play better. and there is no disk. it plays from the hard drive.
  5. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Note that if you move from having a single memory module to having two, you will see a performance increase, because the video chip will get more memory bandwidth by enabling dual-channel memory mode. But as the MacBook ships with two modules by default, you would have to have gone out of your way to only have one memory module.

    Other than that, no. Upgrading system memory will not have a noticeable impact on graphics performance. It *WILL* have a general system speed improvement, though.
  6. pr5owner macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2007

    video ram speed is more important than anything else in a gaming perspective, but if you have on board video it wont matter since the whole system is too slow to do anything graphically intensive.

    IE: overclocking your video ram 100-200mhz will give you MORE FPS than overclocking your GPU 100-200Mhz
  7. LeftoverCrack thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2008
    what is over clocking? im not very technologically geared. can you explain this statement please? 100-200mhz? and gpu? i have no idea what this is?
  8. LeftoverCrack thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2008
  9. DocSmitty macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2008
    Lincoln, NE
    If you're not very tech-savvy you will want to stay away from overclocking. It's telling the computer to run the processor or memory at higher speeds than the manufacturer's default. In some cases this can result in significant improvements in system performance. In other cases, it can result in frying your computer. The term GPU is the same as what you mean when you say graphics card.

    To answer your original question: Adding more system ram will not increase the *maximum* amount of ram your GPU can use. But it may increase the amount *available* to your GPU if your system is frequently hitting that 1gb used. It is generally accepted that adding memory is the cheapest performance increase available for almost any system.
  10. LeftoverCrack thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2008
    well im comfortable with computers but this is my first mac machine. is overclocking worth trying? is it simple to switch from overclocked to non?
  11. prism macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2006
    Overclocking is not a mac specific thing and you wont achieve anything trying to overclock your GPU because what you have inside your macbook is like a snail so, to use an analogy, you are not going to get the snail to move any faster by kicking it!
    To achieve gaming performance, you need a system with a discreet GPU (which is not what you have). The MBP has a discreet GPU and the gaming performance is just spectacular!
  12. LeftoverCrack thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2008
    oh alright, well mbp is very far out of my price range. maybe in the future. once school debts are over.
  13. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    If you don't know what it means you can google it, however you should not attempt to do it. Integrated graphics doesn't overclock well anyway.

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