is the 9400M a "dedicated" chip?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by phracked, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. phracked macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2010
  2. Tharian macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2009
  3. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2008
    It's still better than Intel graphics though.
  4. phracked thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2010
    okay so its the same as the 13" ? can these play any games like gta 4 on low
  5. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2008
    I don't know

    Just google Nvidia 9400M and see.

    If your really worried just look for another used model that has the 9600Gt.
  6. DJ90 macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2010
    dont go for the 9400... it sucks. at least something that sports a 9600gt
  7. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2008
  8. Cali3350 macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2009
    Its integrated, the exact same chip that is in the 13". That '256mb dedicated' is actually main ram that is designated for the graphics chip, not true designated ram. If you want to play games, you need a better chip.
  9. Tharian macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2009
    I'm playing Dragon Age and Mass Effect 2 on my 13" 9400M Macbook. So GTA 4 shouldn't be a problem.

  10. Dozerrox macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2009
    I've heard that people seem to have problems with GTA in general though. Maybe it's not optimised well.
  11. kyzen macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2010
    Seeing as how poorly GTA III: San Andreas ran on my beefy PC, I'd believe it.
  12. foiden macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2008
    The Macbook Pro 13", with 9400, also runs Star Trek Online in bootcamp, just fine. It doesn't beat todays dedicated graphics cards, but from my experience, it is definitely the next best thing if the ones with the dedicated cards are out of your price range.

    It works very well for most important graphic heavy tasks, but not quite ready to take on the latest games with high graphic settings on. That's what the dedicated cards are for. Still, it really helps that you have 4GB in there. The card mainly slows down when you lack a good open resource of ram for the card to do its work. 2GB seems nice, but there are a few things out there for which the amount of ram used severely hurts your performance unless you add 2 more to that ram. (One good example. Neverwinter Nights 2)

    Now in comparison to most of the previous integrated cards, it would seem to run like a dedicated card, but it isn't. When faced against stuff like the 9600, or even the 8800GT or above, it doesn't quite compete on their levels for games. However, there are other graphical performance things, outside of all those render engines games use, for which it handles its own on.

    Probably has a lot to do with when you have spare ram for which the card can use, unhindered, and the fact that the whole system architecture now utilizes DDR3 speeds (which was the memory advantage of previous dedicated cards). The fact that it is still an Nvidia, with much of the latest bells and whistles, and drivers (eg. not Intel graphics).
  13. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    You mean just as bad as Intel graphics. The 9400M isn't that much faster ;)
  14. localoid macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
    The subject of how much faster is the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M vs. the Intel GMA X3100 and GMA 950 was covered, in some depth, by Follow the link to read the results of various claims, tests, benchmarks, and reviews...

  15. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    You are aware that there are other GPU's from intel than those? The GPU from the Arrendale is not much slower than the 9400M in performance so that's a very bad thing.
  16. NetShroud macrumors newbie


    Feb 4, 2010
    The 9400M is an integrated GPU. The 256MB of VRAM is dedicated.
  17. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    Right and wrong. The 256MB of RAM is taken from the system memory. It has no dedicated memory of its own.
  18. ARF900 macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2009
    Wow I didnt know the 13" MBP could game like that.
  19. uhohzitzcooky macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2007
    I have the 9400m on my Dell 14z, coupled with the T6500, and under CS:S on medium-high settings. Averaged about 45-50 fps on a 36 man server. Well above my expectations.

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