Say you still want a Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Nar1117, May 17, 2006.

  1. Nar1117 macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2006
    Ok so the MBP's got a speed bump when the macbooks were released, and im pretty set on getting a Pro for school next semester. Ill be playing games and such under bootcamp, and i need a bit of advice.

    Is it better to go with the low-end 2.0/128 mb with 2Gb RAM or to go with the 2.16/256 mb with 1Gb of ram? Ill be playing BF2 and half Life, and a few others, obviously video-intensive games, and im thinking the better graphics card would be in my interests, but if it doesnt sacrifice too much, id like to bump it down to the 2.0/128 version and boost the ram for ~the same results.

    Any advice?

    Oh, and if anyone has heard of someone playing Battlefield 2 on a Macbook under boot camp, id love to hear about it.
  2. Dr_Maybe macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2003
    South America
    As far as I can see, the graphics cards are the same. The expensive model just has more RAM. I'm not sure the extra graphics RAM it makes a big difference in games. In games that don't utilize that much graphics RAM, it makes no difference at all.

    I recommend looking at benchmarks for the games you want to play and compare between the two (if such benchmarks are available).
  3. aaron.lee2006 macrumors 65816


    Feb 23, 2006
    Ontario, Canada
    BF2 on a MacBook, that made me laugh. MacBooks have integrated cards, there is no way it will ever run on the MacBook.
  4. Nar1117 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2006
    Yeah, thats what i was thinking. Then i read up on this 950 integrated graphics mobo, and apparently it can allocate up to ~200 Mb of your own RAM, but its not user-accessible so.... Yeah, it was a shot in the dark... but you know.... :D
  5. Mord macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
  6. Nar1117 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2006
    Alright so nix on the Macbook.

    So now to go with the 256 mb Vcard or the 128? Its a $300 difference, when i boost it up to a gig or Ram (ill buy some aftermarket stuff, apple is too expensive with Ram)
  7. Xephian macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2005
    United States
    I'd go for the 128. It only has a 128-bit memory bus so it won't even fully utilize 256MB; even though ATi says it's 256-bit, it only has 2x128-bit rings which is essentially 128-bit.
  8. Nar1117 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2006
    Right on. Thanks everyone, i just saved a couple hundred.
  9. jdiddy macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    How about no FPS

  10. Nar1117 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2006

    Well i guess that settles that.

    N/A... wow.

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