What Applications Will Benefit from Dedicated Graphics?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by m85476585, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. m85476585 macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
    I'm trying to decide between a MB and a MBP. With the recent updates, the high-end white MB looks like a great deal compared to the low-end MBP. The MB is $700 cheaper, and I wouldn't have to sacrifice much.

    Smaller screen: I can buy a 20" LCD from Dell with the money I would save and still it would still be cheaper. The smaller size may actually be a benefit because the MB is a bit more portable.
    Smaller hard drive: I plan to upgrade to a 200GB 7200 RPM drive and install it myself whether I get the MB or MBP (although it is only $100 as a BTO now instead of $275).
    No expresscard slot: The only thing I ever used the PCMCIA slot for on my old laptop was wireless.
    No Firewire 800: I hardly even use FW400.

    The only thing I'm not sure about is the graphics card. My old laptop, a cheap Dell, had integrated graphics and only 512mb of RAM, and it was painfully slow. I plan to upgrade my new laptop to 4GB of RAM no matter which laptop I get (again, installing it myself because the BTO is overpriced). My question is: What applications will benefit from dedicated graphics? I don't plan on using it for gaming.
  2. Glueeater macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2008
    Dedicated graphics is basically for gaming or heavy visual software applications (3Dsmax etc?)

    Go macbook if you're not a designer or gamer.

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