Upgrade MBP video card?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by RichL, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. RichL macrumors 6502

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    I have a basic Macbook Pro 15" coming in the mail soon. The basic model has the GeForce 8600M 128MB gfx card. Is it possible a year from now to upgrade to a larger video card or is the card attached by solder?

    This question was asked in another post but he said his computer was 1-2 years old. Has it changed?

    Thanks,
    -Rich L.
     
  2. mach macrumors regular

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    It's not possible, it's soldered on to the main board.
     
  3. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    Unfortunatly I dont think that there is any way to do this.
     
  4. RichL thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ah, poop. I hope that 128 MB card can handle Starcraft2 + GTA4.
     
  5. DopestGingah macrumors regular

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    It might be able to handle those games, but with a lot of options turned off. I have a PowerBook with a 128mb video card, and 1gb ram. Call of Duty and Halo run pretty good with full everything. GTA4 looks like it will have amazing graphics and 128mb video card might be the bare minimum.
     
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  7. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Considering that there isn't that much of a difference in performance between the 256MB card and the 128MB, I doubt you'd notice a difference.
     
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  9. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Crossing fingers don't help much, just send it back and upgrade to a 256mb model :rolleyes:
     
  10. RichL thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I was reading that the 128MB video cards are still all right so /shrug. The model with the 256MB card is like 500 dollars more for a tiny bit faster processor. Not really worth it in my opinion + I'm trying to maintain the poor college student facade.
     
  11. brutusvimes macrumors member

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    Exactly my thoughts. You made the right choice.
     

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