Practical use for NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by danthespaceman, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. danthespaceman macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2009
    After 4 years on my Core Duo MBP, I'm about to upgrade to an 2010 model. Don't worry, I've read enough 'i5 vs i7' threads to know what I need to know regarding difference in processor speeds.

    My question pertains the NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics card. 256mb or 512? Here is my scenario.

    -Running a 24" LED Cinema Display
    -Majority of time spent in Photoshop (designing brochures, posters, business cards etc)
    -Occasional light video editing in FCP (Transitions, titles and a nice grade)
    -I like to spend a lot of free time on Youtube.

    So how much of my typical use would take advantage of 512 over 256 vram? If I am otherwise fine with the i5 2.4ghz, would it would be better to invest in 8 GB RAM?
  2. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I don't see anything you do that requires a good graphics card, I would think the 256 version would be sufficient.
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    There are several threads about this. You won't notice any difference between those two unless you are going to do something graphics intensive such as gaming with 30" monitor
  4. demonsavatar macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    Gaming and CUDA programming can use the extra 512MB Vram. Not too sure about Adobe and Final Cut, but I don't think they especially benefit from it.

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