Which NVIDIA version?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Canuckistan, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. Canuckistan macrumors member

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    Hello:

    I am confused as to which MBP 15" model to buy... the base 2.4 GHz or the faster, more expensive 2.5 GHz.

    I'm not a gamer and don't expect to be watching too many DVDs on the MBP, but I do hope to use Aperture and perhaps Photoshop to organize and edit digital photographs.

    I do intend to upgrade to 4 GB of RAM and the 7200 rpm drive.

    Now to the question...

    Do I need the 512 MB NVIDIA of the 2.5 GHz MBP, or will the 256 MB NVIDIA of the 2.4 GHz version suffice?

    I don't want to spend an extra $500 but I don't want to regret buying the less powerful version.

    Many thanks.
     
  2. wgilles macrumors 6502

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    If you aren't going to be playing games go with the 256MB. There really isn't that huge of a difference anyway. It really only helps with the very demanding games.
     
  3. ChrisN macrumors 65816

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    The 2.4 and 256 should be fine for what your gonna do.

    ChrisN
     
  4. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

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    I read somewhere (can't remember where, so it would be nice if someone could confirm it) that most games generally don't utilize more than 256 VRAM anyway , so if this holds true, only morons buy the most expensive MBP :)
     
  5. willcodejavafor macrumors regular

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    Pretty sure I've seen several posts here stating that the GPU in a MBP is not powerful to fully utilise the full 512 memory so that the difference in performance was minimal.
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You said you don't play games, so a video card is out of the equation. However you stressed PS and Aperture, so get a lots of RAM.
     
  7. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    I think either model will work for you...my rule of thumb is to get the most powerful model I'm willing to pay for, since I tend to keep my computers for 5 years or so.
     

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