MBP Graphics card comparison

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ftbps, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. ftbps macrumors member

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    Hello All,

    I have a first gen unibody mBP (2.53 GHz) with 9600 M GT graphics card.
    My wife is buying a lenovo w500 laptop with ATI Mobility FireGL V5700 graphics card.

    Can someone please tell me how these two cards compare? Which one outperforms? and some explanation?

    I would appreciate your input.
    thanks,
    Bipin
     
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    You are comparing apples to oranges. As each card will be running a different OS, there is no direct comparison.

    The price of the Lenovo laptop is a giveaway as to the strength of the graphics card. You won't get any kind of good graphics card under $800 (unless other features of the machine are neutered).
     
  3. G.T. macrumors 6502a

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    Also one is mobile gaming and one mobile workstation
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The ATI Mobility FireGL V5700 is based off of the Mobility HD 3650. The 9600M GT is somewhat more powerful.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  6. entity macrumors regular

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    The FireGL V5700 is based off the HD 4670 core.

    Here is a benchmark comparing both desktop chips, http://bit.ly/1afduA.

    But again, that is comparing apples to oranges :).
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The desktop 4670 vs. 9600GT is an extremely bad example.
     
  8. G.T. macrumors 6502a

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    I think I need to stress this again.

    "ATI Mobility FireGL V5200 is based on ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 for notebooks as probably the same chip was used. Only the Bios is different and allows the use of professional drivers (for CAD and 3D applications optimized). The standard Catalyst drivers can only be installed in a modded version. Therefore the V5200 becomes a X1600 (with the same performance). The professional drivers show a clearly reduced performance in games."

    from http://www.notebookcheck.net/ATI-Mobility-FireGL-V5200.2164.0.html

    even if u planned to change the drivers so it was for gaming and not workstation the 9600m GT would far out perform the ATi card. However, if u were doing CAD work etc I'm not sure which would perform better most likely the ATi.
     
  9. zw-gator macrumors 6502a

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    Are you doing anything that would require a graphics card? Most laptop users do not.

    If not, you might be spending more then you should be.
     
  10. vanc macrumors 6502

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    The OP said FireGL V5700, not V5200.
     
  11. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    the 9600gt is roughly 75% faster, but that is in windows. Windows tends to bench faster than OSX in most apps, but the 9600GT is the better card. So..I'd say the 9600gt still has the upper hand, but maybe by 30% in osx instead of 75% in windows.
     
  12. G.T. macrumors 6502a

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    either way your still comparing a mobile workstation to a mobile gaming card. It depends what they what from performance. The 9600m GT is much better for gaming but the FireGL V5700 I would say is better in CAD work etc.

    "The FireGL V5700 graphics card is in fact a Mobility Radeon HD3650 with optimized drivers"

    in 3dmark 06 the Leno scores around 3851 and the MBP gets around 6000, so you can kind of tell the differences.
     

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