How much difference b/w the 9400M and 9600M GT? SL

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by vader1990, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. vader1990 macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2008

    So for basic everyday stuff like email, web browsing, watching videos in HD on hulu and youtube, to programming in MATLAB, Eclipse, and other engineering software, to iTunes, and other basic college student stuff like excel, word, etc, will the 9600M GT offer a good bit of performance improvement over the standard 9400m?

  2. chill. macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2008

    i think the 9600 is only worth it for gaming, 9400m really just does not cut it for current generation stuff
  3. LinMac macrumors 65816

    Oct 28, 2007
    Virtually none of the applications you've mentioned will benefit from a more powerful GPU using their current versions. OpenCL may change that over the next 2 - 5 years, but for now CPU matters more.
  4. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    Flash will get GPU acceleration soon, although I think only the Windows version, not the Mac version, is getting it in the next release.

    Open CL can make use of both cards, so if you wanted to be really future proof you'd get a machine with twin graphics cards.

    As an aside, I would wait for a little while as it seems likely the MacBook Pros will get an update in the new year.
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    More like "identically none."
  6. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003

    If the OP is watching film/TV shows in iTunes then I believe they will benefit from the GPU, depending on the format.
  7. LinMac macrumors 65816

    Oct 28, 2007
    Only if it is played via iTunes or Quicktime X and then only using the 9400M chipset. Flash is still an abomination on any Mac regardless of GPU.

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