How big a deal is a discrete graphics card?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by pablol, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. pablol macrumors member

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    Hi-

    I'm looking at the new MBP 13" and 15" primarily for using it with Logic Pro. How big of a deal is the difference in graphics cards (9400m in the 13") and the Pro (9400GT + 9400M)?

    Will this really make a difference in performance with Logic and my ability to run more plug-ins and audio tracks simultaneously?

    thanks!
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    well, the 9400 is an integrated card - its not very powerful and RAM is shared from the RAM on the computer.

    the 9600M GT is a dedicated card, it is MUCH more powerful then the 9400 (like comparing a 4cylinder to an 8) and has its own RAM.

    for logic though i dont really see you needing a powerful GPU - CPU wise though the 13" mightnt be powerful enough for you.
     
  3. eXan macrumors 601

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    It only matters for games and certain graphics software (Motion, Color, etc)

    IN other words, you'll be fine (more than fine) with 9400. I don't notice the difference in graphics performance when I'm using MacBook with GMA 950 (worst integrated graphics known to man lol) and iMac with Radeon 2400 (dedicated, much more powerful) in non-graphics apps. Even in Photoshop there's no difference to my eye.
     
  4. pablol thread starter macrumors member

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  6. eXan macrumors 601

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    First of all, nobody can say for sure how much the speed boost will be and when normal users would experience it (when devs optimize their software)

    Secondly, I really can't see how graphics card can help process audio, but I don't really understand all this programming stuff ^^
     

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