Possibility of putting a new vid card in the next gen MBs?

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  1. Edaan macrumors newbie

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    Im really looking into picking up a MB or a MBP right now. The only thing stopping me from getting a MB is the onboard video card and the fact that MBPs are expensive as hell!
    I havnt read much about it and dont know where to find out about any of this but what are the chances that we will see a decent video card in macbooks sometime?
     
  2. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    If by new you mean whichever integrated card Intel mainstreams next, then sure, there's a possibility.
     
  3. Edaan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    new i mean by something useful like anything by nvidea :p
     
  4. jay1097 macrumors member

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    There is a revision coming up soon so it is possible. But it seems that the MB will remain with integrated graphics to distinguish it from the macbook pros. The MB is a basic consumer laptop, it has a very powerful processor, but it isn't decided for 'pro' use. If you need the graphics card you will probably also appreciate the better quality screen (LED backlight, extra 2 inches, matte finish).
     
  5. tekilla macrumors member

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    Surely replacing the Graphics Card would be buying a new system board as the VGA is onboard...
    Would probably cost as much again !
     
  6. Edaan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    wasnt there some rumor about ATI comming out with an external video card?
     
  7. 7031 macrumors 6502

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    Possibly, but I doubt that will work with the built in screen.
     
  8. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Hmmm...

    If you're in the business of needing a discrete graphics card, you should be able to pony up for the MBP.

    I would bet many people who think they need the power of a MBP actually don't. I know many designers who rave about the MB being hooked to an external monitor as a great upgrade from old iMac G5s and even Powermac G5s.
     
  9. Edaan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    pretty much im in 2nd year uni. My last laptop had a crappy onboard graphics cards which didnt let me do much for gaming. Now i decided i want to make the switch to mac, except ill be stuck in the same situation as before because i cant convince my parents why they should dish out an extra $700 on a pro
     
  10. eXan macrumors 601

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    Earn it yourself.
     
  11. Edaan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks from the kind words from russia. How about every penny i earn goes into my crazy tuition costs?
     
  12. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Then you can't afford it.
     
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  14. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Realists.
     
  15. Edaan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Did you have a bad week in your cubicle/custodial job? Wife leave you? Don't take it out on me.

    I didnt say I can't afford it, i said i need to get part of the funding from my parents who im having a tough time convincing why i need a pro.
     
  16. ryannel2003 macrumors 68000

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    If you need the extra graphics power, I would recommend a refurbished MacBook Pro. You can get one for $1449 on the Apple Website and it comes with a full one year warranty.
     
  17. ribbonthecat macrumors regular

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    Going around insulting people isn't going to earn you friends here. If you are a poor starving student, as I am, it means you can't always get what you want.
     
  18. eXan macrumors 601

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    So you cant really afford the MBP.

    Stop playing games or find an older model somewhere.
     
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  20. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    A brief guide of usefulness in video-related recreation, from most to least:

    1. Console
    10. Desktop
    100. Laptop
     
  21. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    People are so defensive about the macbook's lack of dedicated graphics...

    I personally think it's ridiculous that people have to pay $2,000 for an Apple laptop with dedicated graphics. The old iBooks had dedicated graphics, and at one point in time they started at $999.

    At least put something in the $1500 blackbook.
     
  22. eXan macrumors 601

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    They put dedicated in iBooks because there was no integrated graphics for PPC machines. Besides, it was a slow card anyway.
     
  23. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    They still put dedicated graphics in a $1000 machine.

    Whether or not the had other options is beside the point.

    And it was a Radeon 9200, which was not bad for the day (and I'm sure outperformed its successor... the GMA 950).
     
  24. eXan macrumors 601

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    They even put it in a 500$ Mac mini so what? :rolleyes:

    What other options they had?

    BTW it was Radeon 9550 in last rev. iBook, not 9200
     
  25. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    You seem to be making my point for me.
     

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