Which option to go for 15" , 256 or 1GB ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AJ/Apple, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. AJ/Apple macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2011
    Hi guys
    i am just wondring
    which option will give me good performance for these programs :

    1- Adobe lightroom
    2- iPhoto
    3- Apreture

    and consider that i wont be gaming on this device , but i will use it connected with my 1080P screen , once in a while for editing photos and watching movies.

    i am looking for a device that can live with me for 5 years , and i will be having the High-Res glossy screen .

    Thank you
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    If you want it to last 5 years, I'd probably get the 1GB graphics card.
  3. Nostromo macrumors 65816


    Dec 26, 2009
    Deep Space
    OP, you'll be fine with the regular graphics card.

    The 1GB version is probably an advantage for those running Maya or other 3 D software on their MBPs.

    At least that's what I was told when I asked the exact same question.
  4. AJ/Apple thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2011
    Thank you guys
    im waiting to hear more opinions regarding this , because some people say its a big difference , other say only 3D will be affected .
    the 256 chip has a 64-bit bus
    and 1GB chip has a 128-bit bus
    how will that matter to me ?
  5. lindstedt56 macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2011
    How about sell your macbook pro right before the refresh for a small ammount lower then you bought it for and buy the new model. Rinse and repeat every year and you get a new computer every year.
  6. Apple 26.2 macrumors 6502a

    Apple 26.2

    Jan 1, 2011
    What up, 212?!

    How long are Macs with the 256 chip expected to last?
  7. ABadSanta macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2011
    The base dedicated graphics card offered in the 15" model will definitely give you good performance to run those programs. While it is a low to mid range dedicated graphics chip compared to all others on the market, it is very capable, and will run apps like Adobe smoothly.

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