Macbook Pro Unibody 15" options

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  1. iCris macrumors member

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    Hi all,is really worth it the money the 256mb extra in the grafics card,i use the mbp for mi pics,edit music and some videos,surf web and eventually play games,the 2,4 processor is ok for me,in photoshop,capture nx2 or aperture is really important the 256mb extra in the graphics card,the memory and harddisc i install myself.Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020

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    if you are eventually going to play games i would get the 512mb. its just nice to have. and if your going to be editing video it will make it run smoother.
     
  3. m1stake macrumors 68000

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    The 9600 isn't fast enough to really work with 512MB of VRAM. In general, the $2499 MBP is identical to the $1999 model in terms of real world use. The extra .26Ghz and 256MB of VRAM is not a difference worth $500.
     
  4. xoggyux macrumors 6502

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    the video ram is just to cache the images will go to the monitor, it makes little difference unless you will be using very large resolutions (2656X1600 :D) and want a very high frame rate (though with that chip you would not have a large frame rate either so :()
    Anyway it does not worth $500 the upgrade. Save that money which is 25% of the computer's worth, or alternatively spend it in what will make a nice difference in most realworld situations (e.g. 4GB ram, SSD, a very large moniter ~25"++)
     
  5. zorahk macrumors 6502

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    People above don't know what they're talking about.

    If you play games, get 512MB
     
  6. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020

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    hey i said that and im one of those above:( haha but yea if you have the money and you wanna play games get the 512mb
     
  7. xoggyux macrumors 6502

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    Or maybe you are the clueless one, My brothers play WOW all the time and he tried his MBP 15" and mine side by side (his is older than mine, got 2GB instead of 4GB, 128mb video ram while mine has 256mb and his processor is 2.2 while mine is 2.4 and the difference can be seen only when loading (very slight and because of the RAM not the video memory) even the FPS are very close (in the 30fps average, though sometimes BOTH computers are in the 10ish if in the middle of a city or so)
    Based on that comparison will you still say you need 512? (when 128 can handle it and in fact the difference between 256 and 128 is not that big...?)
     
  8. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020

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    yes but that is only one example. games that come out a year from now may require 512 of MB and if they dont it will certainly benefit from it. like i said get if you have the money.
     
  9. xoggyux macrumors 6502

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    Oh yeah of course the more the better but anyway if certain game start to feel slow due to little graphic memory it will certainly also feel slow due to the graphic chip so no matter what it will make (LITTLE) difference, certainly not to justify $500 blowout.
     
  10. macfrik macrumors 6502

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    Depends on kind of games are you playing? My friend can play Left 4 Dead and Red Alert 3 using BootCamp on normal setting on his 2.4 Ghz MacBook Pro unibody.
     
  11. Patriks7 macrumors 65816

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    Sure, it will make a difference, but it's not a 500$ difference. If you can afford it, go for it. If not, do what I'm doing and get a 2.4 and use the 500$ to upgrade earlier.
     

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