Late 2011 GPU vs 2012 GPU

treyh91

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Jun 12, 2012
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how much better is the nvidia gt650m 512mb than the HD6770m 1gb which is better im not sure if its been answered or not. i can get a good deal on the high end late 2011 model is the reason im asking. im not planning on doing hardcore gaming with my macbook but i do play them from time to time. looking to play D3, Hawk3n when it comes out and probably the secret world. i also make music and want to have garageband and the whole OSX experience. which would be best?
 

Marrakas

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May 23, 2012
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Well it's still GDDR5 which is the most important thing. 512mb should perform well at lower resolutions.
 
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Spadoinkles

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May 5, 2011
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Far, far superior. In most cases, the difference is night and day and the GT 650M appears to perform up to 50% faster.

You can scroll to the bottom of these 2 pages for some FPS benchmarks in several games for these 2 cards.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-650M.71887.0.html
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-6770M.43955.0.html
These benchmarks are certainly overrated however they do vary depending on the application you put them through (rendering, playback, gaming, etc.) From what I've seen, gaming alone certainly has huge benefits although over in the video department, it is a smaller difference. Not upgrading from my Late-2011 models, looking at Haswell/2013 and Retina cinema displays :)
 
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cathyy

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Apr 12, 2008
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These benchmarks are certainly overrated however they do vary depending on the application you put them through (rendering, playback, gaming, etc.) From what I've seen, gaming alone certainly has huge benefits although over in the video department, it is a smaller difference. Not upgrading from my Late-2011 models, looking at Haswell/2013 and Retina cinema displays :)
Hmm video department?

If you mean video encoding and rendering? That's fairly obvious. The GPU's sole purpose is to render 3D objects which are mostly only found in games. However video encoding and rendering is usually done by the CPU instead, and hence a more powerful GPU would usually not affect it.
 
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