MacBook Graphics Question

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by ghall, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. ghall macrumors 68040

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    Is the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M better than the ATI Radeon x1600? If so how much. I don't really know a lot about the differences in graphics cards, but would I get better game performance on a new MacBook than I would on a mid-2006 Core Duo MacBook Pro?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'm going to give a slight edge on the X1600 for having dedicated VRAM.
     
  3. ghall thread starter macrumors 68040

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    What if I max out the RAM to 4 gigs? I do most of my gaming in Windows XP home.
     
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    You're still sharing system RAM instead of having dedicated VRAM.
     
  5. ghall thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I realize this, but I was wondering if that would improve performance. Or would I be better off going for the MacBook Pro if I'm going to be doing serious gaming?
     
  6. subc0mmander macrumors newbie

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    http://www.apple.com/macbook/graphics.html
    follow the link and check out the chart on "Graphics performance" there's screen shot of it playing Call of Duty 4. It's a pretty demanding game and it looks pretty nice
     
  7. ghall thread starter macrumors 68040

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    That doesn't mean a whole lot to me since I'm trying to compare the mid 2006 MBP to the new MacBooks. I think I've decided that if I do upgrade I'm gonna go for the pro though..
     
  8. unwinded macrumors regular

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    We won't know for sure obviously until somebody seriously benchmarks it, but if Apple's benchmarks are accurate and Barefeats is correct about the 9600M being 43% better than the 8600M, the new integrated 9400M is probably comparable to the ATI X1600 found in the Macbook Pros of old. I've been looking at various Mac-related benchmarks to be sure. There are probably some things that the X1600 is better at and other things the 9400M is better at. I've changed my stance on it, and it will probably be a decent moderate gaming solution.

    Anything is better than the awful X3100. Even the old GMA 950 runs the Leopard GUI and older games like Quake 3 better than the X3100!! So the X3100 gets 13 FPS in Quake 4 instead of 8. Big unplayable deal. The GMA 950 gets better FPS in playable older titles and also in things like the spinning wheel, expose, genie effect, dashboard, etc. I feel bad for all those with current Macbook Airs and plastic Macbooks stuck with the X3100. I'd rather have the Rage 3D Pro from my old clamshell! (slight sarcasm)
     

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