Intel HD 3000 256MB vs 384 MB

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  1. metsjetsfan macrumors 65816

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    I noticed the Lion server intel gpu has 384MB vs 256MB. Is this really that much of a difference? Is it any closer to the ATI model i7 card that the bumped up model uses? Looking to use for imovie, htpc and some onlive gaming.

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  2. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    The Lion quad core server model has the same integrated Intel GPU as the base dual core model. Only the higher end dual core model has a discrete Radeon GPU with it's own dedicated 256MB GDDR 5 VRAM. In terms of graphics performance the server model will perform the same as the base dual core model. Where it will excel is with it's quad core CPU which is obviously faster over despite it's lower clock speed. Which model you choose to get depends entirely on your uses and whether they are CPU or GPU dependent.

    The 384MB shared memory in the server model is due to the fact it has 4GB of RAM as standard. The base model only has 2GB of RAM so it has less shared memory. If you increase the RAM in the base model to 4GB then the shared memory for the GPU will also go up to 384. That said if you increase the RAM to 8GB in either the base or server model the shared memory for the GPU will increase to 512MB. However it will still be slower then the dedicated RAM in the high end dual core with the discrete Radeon GPU.
     
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    metsjetsfan thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Does anyone know if you see the two drives as 1 drive or two in the server model in finder
     
  5. thetorque macrumors member

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    I would like to confirm that this is true. I increased the RAM on my base mac mini from 2 GB to 8 GB and the shared memory is indeed 512 MB. =)

    This is new for me too. Thank you for sharing the knowledge.
     
  6. 4thchicken macrumors newbie

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    so umm... 16 Gb RAM = 1 Gig video card or something? :p
     
  7. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    good question maybe owc has some info on that as they sell 16gb ram. cost big time money but in 6 to 8 months it will get cheaper.
     
  8. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    Yes but that's not the same as having a discrete GPU with it's own faster VRAM even if it has less.
     
  9. lilsoccakid74 macrumors 6502

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    6630M w/ 256mb>hd3000 w/ 1gb
     
  10. Bearxor macrumors 6502a

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    6630M w/ 256MB > HD300 w/1TB
     

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