MBP: what apps/activities require discrete graphics processor?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dubcat, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. dubcat macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2009
    Hi - I want to buy my first Mac - a Macbook Pro. I like the portability of the 13" because I travel a lot in my job. I have a corporate laptop but I will ditch it and use the MBP for office duties.

    At home in the evenings though I will connect the MBP to a 24" widescreen display and use it for everything from browsing the web and watching divx through to editing HD movies from my camcorder and processing RAW photographs in Lightroom. If these will benefit greatly from the extra graphics processor you can get in the 15" model I will go for that instead and learn to live with the larger size/weight.

    Ideally i am looking for a list of apps and types of apps that need or benefit greatly from the extra graphics processor. There may be something I see that i have not thought of yet and may want to do in the future...

    As mentioned before my real concern is not cost - it is weight/size. I would prefer the 13" but definitely don't want to be locked out of using the Mac for certain activities because it is missing the discrete graphics processor.

    Hope you can help a complete Apple noob.
  2. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    And why can't a £1,500 MBP work this out for itself?
  3. dubcat thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2009
    Could you expand on your answer? I am not sure what you mean.
  4. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    Everything you just mentioned - browsing the net, editing video's, watching divx, editing photo's, do not use the GPU to any real extent. They are all CPU bound activities. This may change in the future, but it would be many years down the line. Only things that specifically need the GPU - usually games and anything involving 3d rendering use the graphics card.

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