Standard video card memory of mbp vs mp

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kjs862, May 15, 2008.

  1. kjs862 macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
    Does anyone else find it strange that the stock video card memory of the macbook pro is double that of the mac pro?
  2. bmb012 macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2006
    Well, the Mac Pro is considered to be more of a workstation than a standard 'personal computer.' So in general, I'd say that the video card on a Mac Pro is considered less important than the card on the MBP, especially since the one on the MP is replaceable.
  3. kjs862 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
    Because the mac pro is more of a work station, wouldn't that make the video card more important?
  4. Goldenbear macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2007
    Los Angeles
    It depends on what you're using it for.

    "Workstation" doesn't automatically mean lots of 3-D graphics work. It could be used for heavy-duty computations that have nothing to do with pretty pictures. If the Mac Pro is used mainly as a server, once again, the video card wouldn't matter.
  5. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Only if you're rendering or doing 3D or heavily core image leveraged apps.

    If you're doing stuff like Photoshop or any sort of graphic design, number crunching, etc then the video card it comes with is fine - it's all about processor, RAM and HDD speed in these cases.

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