Help with choosing Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sedgeman, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. sedgeman macrumors member

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    Hi

    I'm planning to purchase a Macbook Pro but have difficult choice between 2 very similar but slightly different

    1 - Standard Macbook Pro bought from John Lewis

    2.5 Ghz Intel Core i5

    4GB 1600 MHz DDR3

    Intel HD Graphics 4000 512MB


    http://www.johnlewis.com/231656819/Product.aspx

    2 - Macbook Pro 750GB hard drive

    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/apple-macbook-pro-z0mt2b-a-13-laptop-14967114-pdt.html

    2.5 Ghz Intel Core i5

    4GB 1600 MHz DDR3

    Intel HD Graphics 4000 348MB



    Question is - Why the difference on Graphics and how much of a difference does it make?

    Its odd because the PC World model is a newer model - released July 2012

    PLEASE HELP
     
  2. el-John-o macrumors 65816

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    Those are both 2012 MacBook Pro's. Previous models did NOT have the Intel HD4000 graphics. Both computers are identical, it's just one is mis-representing the video memory.

    The Video memory on these machines is shared with the system RAM. If you add more RAM, there will be more video memory. The MacBook Pro automatically increases the amount of shared video memory based on the amount of RAM in the machine.

    Bottom line, these are completely identical machines.
     
  3. sedgeman thread starter macrumors member

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    Perfect - thank you

    So the 750GB option would be the best choice?
     
  4. el-John-o macrumors 65816

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    Yep sounds like it. More storage for the same price!

    If you want more video memory, you can upgrade the RAM yourself. I don't know what prices are like in the UK but here in the states you can get 8 gigs for around $60, as much as 16 gigs under $100, and that'll boost your video memory.
     

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