What differences with the faster graphics card of the MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ss957916, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    Under average useage (browsing the web, typing a letter, writing an email, editing photos in iPhoto, using Photoshop Elements etc.) what difference would the user see by switching to the 9600M GT card over the 9400M?

    I ask cos, in the nine months I've owned this MBP, I had never bothered switching to my 9600. I've now done it and notice no difference whatsoever.
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    Sep 7, 2008
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  3. BrotherAJ macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2010
    Head over to EA's Tiger Woods Online beta and you can tell a HUGE difference between the 9600 graphics card and the 9400.
  4. MacVibe macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2009
    Do you have the option of playing as Elin? See what a 9 iron can do? :p
  5. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2009
    You won't notice a difference with things like writing an email, I'm not sure what you could expect more if everything runs smoothly under the 9400.

    Photoshop does use the GPU (At least under windows) for scrolling and zooming, but you really noticed a difference unless you're working with really big images.
  6. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    For your uses all you might notice is more power being drained :D

    It'll be helpful with 3D apps like games and anything that uses 3D/GPU acceleration.
  7. ss957916 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    So for the average user, pointless having two cards. At least now I know (that I wasted my money).
  8. duky macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    North Carolina
    I guess you can feel a bit better by remembering that the 9600M model has a faster CPU as well and larger hard drive. So if those were important to you perhaps you should focus on those plusses rather than the negatives?

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