MB for New Media Design?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ICD2k3, May 16, 2007.

  1. ICD2k3 macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, the logic board just went on my powerbook and was wondering if the new MBs would be powerful enough for what I want to use them for. I mainly work in flash/photoshop/after effects, but am most worried about 3d rendering in Cinema because of the on-board gfx card. The powerbook I was using was an alum. G4 1.33... do you think the new MBs can stand up to it?

    I would be getting the base model with 2gb of ram... money is a little tight because im a college student
     
  2. jng macrumors 65816

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    the MB should handle the first three fine. Yeah, it would be slower in Cinema but it should still handle it.
     
  3. ICD2k3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I believe the card in the powerbook was an ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 (4X AGP) with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM. How does this compare to the current MacBooks?
     
  4. ICD2k3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Also, since I'm a little pressed for time is it worth it to get the 2GB upgrade from apple for 175? I found this on owc: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/5300DDR2S2GB/
    If I got that it would bump it up to 2.5gb of ram for less than 2, but is OWC ram that reliable? Ive heard mixed things..

    any advice/opinions are very appreciated, thanks
     
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    2GB is the practical limit for the MB. Using matched pairs of memory sticks greatly increases the performance. If you can afford it and don't want to mess about selling your stock RAM sticks, get the 2GB upgrade from Apple.
     
  6. ICD2k3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply, I think ill stick with apple then. Any input on the gfx card comparison? I know the on-board in the macbook is 64mb like my old card, but the main difference is it's shared mem... is there a big difference?

    ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 (4X AGP) with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM
    vs.
    Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared

    I assume the new gfx card will be about the same speed as mine now, but doesn't hurt to be sure. I use computers all day but when it comes to the specs and details I'm never sure.
     
  7. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Can't really say. The best I can tell you is that World of Warcraft runs a little bit slower on my MB C2D than on my son's PC (Athlon XP 2800+, FX5500 128MB graphics card). Maybe the CPU will make up for the slower graphics card or maybe the two cards are about the same for 3D rendering.
     
  8. ICD2k3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your help, I ended up going with the base 2.0ghz macbook with 2gb of ram and a 120gb hd... I think it should serve well enough for a couple years or so until I get a job and can afford something nicer.
     

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