i5 or i7?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by andrew086, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. andrew086 macrumors regular

    Dec 31, 2009
    I am planning on purchasing a new MacBook Pro soon, but I was wondering if I should just go for the base model 15" or get the high end with the i7 and 512mb of vRAM. I was planning on using the computer for HD video editing and playing some Left 4 Dead when Steam comes out for Mac. Would the i5 and 256mb of vRAM work or should I go for the higher end?
  2. swish2351 macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2010
    If you can afford it, DEFINITALLY go with the high end i7, get 7200rpm. It will make your HD video editing a LOT easier, and it will play games MUCH smoother without lagging.
  3. andrew086 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 31, 2009
    I have decided I don't really care which processor it is - but now I'm wondering if I should get 512mb vRAM or 256mb. I heard that the 9600m was only able to handle 256mb?? Will I notice a difference between 512mb and 256mb (or would it be worth $500)
  4. m85476585 macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
    Do you play games (in bootcamp) or do anything GPU-intensive? If not or if you don't know, you probably won't notice a difference. I'd say it's not worth the extra money (unless you have a good reason that you need it).

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