old macbook pro 15" and new macbook pro 13"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ru03j89, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. ru03j89 macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2008
    hello guys,
    I have a dilemma...

    I have a macbook pro from last year and it has nVidia Geforce 8600M GT with 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM. I am considering getting the new macbook pro 13". However, i understand the nVidia GeForce 9400M is integrated and shared with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM main memory.

    will the graphics be better in the NEW 13" macbook pro or will the seperate 8600 in the 15" be better?

    thanks for the advice
  2. specops macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2007
    even though the GPU is integrated it still a pretty power GPU

    just to give you an idea i have the new 13 inch and i installed windows to game with it. I ran the counter strike source FPS test and averaged 90 FPS, i was pretty impressed. Hope that gives you an idea of the performance.
  3. MrZebra macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2008
    You're right but it has to be noted that 8600gt cards are presumably faulty.
  4. lixuelai macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2008
    Lots of people (like me) never had any issues with the card. Just find one with Applecare still.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    the 13" MBP is a great machine but you will be stepping back in terms of performance, at least graphical performance. The discrete 8600 is better then the 9400. I'd say since your machine is only a year old, hold on to it for a bit longer and next year when apple (presumably) releases the Nehalem based MBPs, you can then get a bigger boost in performance.
  6. ru03j89 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2008
    ok... thanks
    will my 15" be able to run starcraft 2 when it comes out?

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