low 2011 15" - GPU-Power for High-Res?!

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  1. Antadil, Feb 26, 2011
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    Antadil macrumors newbie

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    Hey there.

    I'm in a bit of trouble right now. ANY help would really be appreciated!

    I want to buy the lower 15" MBP 2011 with the matte-screen/high-resolution option. My question is basically the following:

    Does it have enough gpu-power to get a smooth usage out of it?!

    What I'm doing:
    - writing, reading pdfs, surfing ... everyday/studying stuff
    - multitasking with the abovementioned things
    - cpu-intense statistical modelling...

    What I'm NOT doing:
    - gaming
    - photo/video editing

    So, normally I don't see the point of paying for a gpu I'll hardly ever use. On the other hand I'm a bit anxious that it might work out choppy when I'm multitasking with spaces/exposé or anything because of the 1680x1050 resolution :(

    I'd like everything to be absolutely smooth.. (and just as well with the Lion Interface..)


    Thanks a lot for any help!

    P.S.: I know that my knowledge about computers is as lousy as my english :rolleyes:
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    The low end GPU will do just fine with Mac OS X and its interface. Even my 2008 MB with an Intel GMA X3100 can run Lion smoothly.

    Btw, the resolution of the HR MBP is 1680 x 1050.
     
  3. Jaimi macrumors regular

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  4. Antadil thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the answers!

    Normally I would say that I'm the last person to need a decent gpu, but then again, everybody seems to be talking about how the lower 15" 2011 isn't 'future proof' and for someone as ingenuous as me, that's really a bit unsettling as I plan to use it for a really long time without regretting it :(


    Maybe the reason for me being kind of doubtful is that I checked a 17" MBP out and just scrolled through a larger PDF-file with a lot of pictures: it was quite choppy! And similar unpleasent effects with spaces/exposé =/

    Maybe there's someone in this forum with a last generation 17" MBP who could tell me whether he also experienced those problems or maybe even when the dedicated gpu got activated?!


    That's why I thought it might well have something to do with the resolution (and the Intel graphics chip).
    Is there a linear relationship between the amount of pixel in a graphical application and the gpu-power that's needed?
     
  5. smetvid macrumors 6502

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    Look at it this way. I use a 21.5" imac with a 1920x1080 screen and i am using a external 1680x1050 screen all running off a sad nvidia 9400 IGP.

    All the 2011 gpus including the intel 3000 are better then my nvidia 9400 so you are good.
     
  6. Antadil thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That seems to be fine, thanks again.

    Just one naïve last question: As the Radeon HD 6490M seems to have only 256MB (512MB according to Wikipedia?!) - could this be a problem in any kind of non-gaming/graphic-applications like interface animations?! What could I need more gpu-memory for?
     

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