How does the 9400m+9600m compares to the 320m and to 330m?

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  1. llkennethll macrumors member

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    Pervious gen 15'' mbp with 2.66ghz and 9400m+9600m

    VS.

    Current gen 13'' base model (2.4ghz, 320m)

    VS.

    Current gen 15'' base model (2.4ghz i5, 330m)

    How do the graphics cards compare? are the 9400m+9600m better or worse than the 320m? And is it much worse than the 330m?

    Thank you SO SO much in advance! :]
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The 320M is between the 9400M and the 9600M; the 330M is a bit better. And Intel HD Graphics is comparable to the 9400M.

    Pretty much the current base 15" rocks all previous 15" models in both CPU and GPU (yes the base model is better than the previous top-end configuration).
     
  3. kraftzwerg macrumors regular

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    Are you sure about that part? I was under the impression the Intel HD is considerably worse than 9400M. I find the 9400M on my 13" MBP actually quite capable.
     
  4. llkennethll thread starter macrumors member

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    so that would make the previous top-end 15'' better than the current base 13'' model? (graphics card wise...)
     
  5. striatedglutes macrumors 6502

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    Yes. Here's how I understand it:

    9400m < 320m < 9600m < 330m

    It follows the natural progression of new tech being faster, and discrete being more powerful than integrated, even if it's a generation behind. Don't forget! These cards are usually underclocked, and I don't know about the "overclockability" of anything besides the most recently posted 320m results.

    Here's notebookcheck.net's Class listing breakdown for the cards:
    330m - Class 2, about 1/4 of the way down
    9600m - Class 2, half way down, listed as 9600m GT
    320m - Class 2, below 9600m
    9400m - Class 3
     
  6. nuckinfutz macrumors 603

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    I really don't know the absolute speeds but the new GPU have 48 cores vs the 9400/9600 offering 16 cores.
     
  7. striatedglutes macrumors 6502

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    Also when checking out benchmarks, make sure to note whether or not they were run at native resolution. An old 9600m pushing 1440x900 has a few more pixels to drive than a new 320m doing 1280x800
     
  8. llkennethll thread starter macrumors member

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    So what do anyone of you guys think about strategy games like Napoleon Total War will run on the new 13'' mbp??

    Napoleon Total War Specs

    OS: Windows Vista/XP/7 Processor: 2.6 GHz Dual Core CPU Memory: 2 GB RAM (XP), 4 GB RAM (Vista/Windows 7) Graphics: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c shader model 3 compatible GPU DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c Hard Drive: 21 GB free space[1]
     
  9. striatedglutes macrumors 6502

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    From notebookcheck.net:
    Sounds like you're only going to get playable frame rates in low detail, but who knows.
     
  10. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Yes and the Intel graphics in the 15" and 17" models are pretty good too.

    I just pulled this from:
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Graphics-Media-Accelerator-HD.23065.0.html

     
  11. daneoni macrumors G4

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    Fixed
     
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  13. Alizeth macrumors newbie

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    So, clear something for me:
    I got the mbp c2d 2.8, 4 gb ddr3,
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M with 512
    Did I lost my money or was it worth it? :S
    As I have notice, the i7 seens to be better.
    Havent try the power that much on architecture's homeworks to know yet. Gee!!
     
  14. iAlexG macrumors 6502a

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    i have the 9400m and it works great for me, i can play Quake 4, Doom 3, Civ 4, Bioshock and Half-Life all on high or medium quality in 1080p on my monitor.
     

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