PowerBook VRAM- ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 64MB or 128MB?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by sethypoo, Jun 19, 2005.

  1. sethypoo macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    Sacramento, CA, USA
    Ok, I'm seriously considering getting a new 15" PowerBook G4 in the next few weeks. I have only one dilemma: which VRAM option to get.

    I do not plan on hooking up my PowerBook to a 30" Apple Cinema Display, but I do want the extra graphics processing capability. I do a lot of video rendering in iMovie and Final Cut Express, as well as DVD encoding in iDVD. I'm planning on buying Photoshop soon too.....will the extra $$ for the 128MB of RAM make a big difference?

    Do Xbench scores differ on the 64MB versus the 128MB VRAM option? Also, if I get the 128MB option, will I have two DVI ports on my PowerBook (Dual-link DVI, according to Apple's website).

    Thank you!
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    AFAIK I only have one DVI port. If you are doing the things you're doing and you want to do it on an ACD 30" I'd get the 128. I think the 64 is just fine, but for safety's sake, upgrade now because you can never upgrade. If it were a PM I'd say get the 64 and see what happens then buy the 128 third party for less. The one thing I did was upgraded the vram and left the stock 512 of ram because I can buy ram anywhere at any time and put it in all by myself. This simply is not possible for vram.
  3. propropro macrumors regular

    Nov 29, 2004

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