New mbp for watching movies - better graphic card needed?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by girl-in-paris, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. girl-in-paris macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2008
    so I'm leaning towards the new mbp instead of the new old 2.5ghz.

    Since I like to watch movies on my 15' do I need to turn the better graphics card on? I'm afraid it would get too hot on my lap.

    My sis is buying from the store in half an hour. I need to decide! Also, ehat should i ask her to look out for? Thanks.
  2. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    You won't need to turn on the 9600. It won't make any difference.
  3. Nate025 macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2008
    Here's a video on youtube of the two video cards in action. And you even get to watch a little bit of Entourage. :)

    EDIT: My bad, he only uses the 9600gt in that video.
  4. LinMac macrumors 65816

    Oct 28, 2007
    The integrated graphics GPU works great from what I can see. I've turned on the dedicated GPU once to test it out with a game, but other than that I've left it on the integrated card for increased battery life.

    It should be fine for watching DVD quality video, but keep in mind that the slot loading drive will also generate heat.

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