Video Card 128 or 256? Worth $500?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by heatasmallhouse, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. heatasmallhouse macrumors regular

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    I use Final Cut and After Effects a lot. Buying in 20 minutes. Do you think its worth the extra 500 for the difference between the bottom and top 15" MBP (keep in mind I'm fresh out of college and just starting freelancing, so that's a chunk of change for now)? I'm not worried about the processor as they're really fast either way, but the video ram is making me nervous...IS THERE A HUGE DIFFERENCE?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I want 256 MB but it's so not worth $500.

    There's a big difference nowadays for gaming and running dual monitors.
     
  3. heatasmallhouse thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't game but I run an external monitor with FCS . Are there any final cut people out there who have been damning the gods since they got a 128? Anyone see any convincing benchmarks.

    5 minutes to go, humor me, thanks! :D

    by the way...this is everything i could have wanted in an upgrade!
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    If you're going to run FCS on two screens I suggest 256 MB of video RAM.

    Remember, you can't upgrade it unless you buy an entirely new machine.
     
  5. AdamJames macrumors newbie

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    I'm also interested in the difference between the two cards for light gaming...
     
  6. chex macrumors regular

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    Almost none whatsoever. maybe if you turn *everything* up on something like F.E.A.R. you would get a few fps more.

    For gaming (in *general*) the speed of the card and the RAM are more important than the amount of RAM.
     

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