Macbook Pro due for GFX upgrade?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by taliz, Nov 8, 2006.

  1. taliz macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2006
    Since the MBPs were launched with the X1600 wouldn't it be about time for an upgrade soon? What are the best mobile GFX's today, X1650?
    Also since AMD now bought ATI, perhaps they'll go back to nVidia?

    I'm tempted to get myself an MBP, but I really dont want to pay 25% more just
    for 128MB more of VRAM. 128MB just seems so little. :(

    BTW, I sold my black macbook this monday, timing :D
  2. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    Then pay 50% more for 256mb VRAM :D

    Similarly are you a student? You can get it for nice prices as a student.
  3. mleary macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2006
    They are not going to update the vid card until the next major update which is probably 6+ mos away. The x1600 may actually be the best card currently available that meets the space/thermal requirements for the MBP.
  4. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2005
    NG9, England
    I'm trying to get the ball rolling now, so I'll say less than 6 months. God, when IS Santa Rosa going to arrive.

    Joking aside, I believe they will update the MBP around Spring '07. That way they can dump in Santa Rosa, Leopard and a few other minor updates. The same time the iMac will see a bit of a guts refit, Mac Pro will be before Christmas so will be merely an OS change and the Mini and MacBook will follow around April/May.
  5. Zadillo macrumors 65832

    Jan 29, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    Yeah, really, for a 1" thick 15" laptop, there aren't a whole lot of better options out there for video cards. I believe that ATI has an X1700 out, and NVidia also has the GeForce 7700 coming out (possibly already available), both of which are incremental improvements over the comparable X1600 and GeForce 7600.

  6. taliz thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2006
    I'm not a student, but I can get it for a "nice price" as I do not have to pay any tax.
    It's still too much of gap between the 128 & 256 model though IMHO.

    Thing is, I'm moving from europe to asia in a few months and I'm hoping for an update before that. If I get one now and there'll be a new one with a better gfx, new casing & Leopard just before I go it'd hurt..

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