Mac w/Nvidia 9400M -- good enough for photos?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by bking1000, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. bking1000 macrumors 6502a

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    Are folks finding the various new macs using the Nvidia 9400M (using shared 256GB RAM) good enough for photo work? I wonder also about movie editing.
     
  2. Razeus macrumors 601

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    yes.
     
  3. bking1000 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. My old 20" iMac is dying (logic board) and the ones in my budget all use the 9400M.
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    2-D photo work relies almost not at all on the 3-D graphic acceleration of the video card. Photoshop CS4 is one of the few consumer graphic programs that can exploit a faster card.
     
  5. bking1000 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What about LR and PSE6. Would they be OK on a 9400m?
     
  6. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    These apps don't benefit from a faster GPU.
     
  7. canonguy macrumors member

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    good enough? I have been using a G4 powerbook for photos since 04. I have processed tens–of–thousands of pics, w/a 1.33, 10.3.9 and CS(1).
     
  8. cosmokanga2 macrumors 6502a

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    The only benefit that running on the 9600m will give you is the the extra RAM as it is not being used by graphics card/9400m. I find my system to be a bit quicker handling Aperture on the 9600m vs. the 9400m, however the 9400m is fine.
     
  9. bbotte macrumors 65816

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    I edit my Nikon Raw images on my MacBook Air all the time, it doesn't even tax the notebook. I use PSE6.
     
  10. wheelhot macrumors 68020

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    I wonder how will the dual GPU affect performance once Snow Leopard arrives? Too bad we can't run 9400 and 9600 together or able to switch GPUs without restarting.
     
  11. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    The RAM pays a visit! :)
     

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