Will I ever need to use the 9600

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by derek1984, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. derek1984 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2008
    I plan on buying a 17 inch MBP in a couple weeks and plan on using it basically for surfing the web and Logic Studio. Will I really need to ever switch to the 9600 card? Will I notice and kind of difference in performance? Will the 9600 only drain my battery more than the 9400 while not noticing any difference between the two on what I plan on using my MBP for? Could the 9600 be more useful once Snow Leopard comes out?
  2. UMHurricanes34 macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    I doubt you'll ever *need* to, but you will notice a difference in performance (and battery life).

    I keep mine in 9400M for extensive CS4 work and it performs perfectly, so I can't imagine Logic Studio grinding to a halt because of the 9400.
  3. winninganthem macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2008
    I don't think you'll need a high end graphics card to run music production software. If you never need to use the 9600 and if you are okay with a smaller screen size, maybe the 13" unibody Macbook will be a better choice for you.

    You'll save money, and the Macbook is way easier to carry around. If you really need a larger screen, maybe use the money you saved on a 24" cinema display for your home or office.
  4. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

    May 8, 2007
    When Snow Leopard comes out with OpenCL you might notice a difference in a demanding application like Logic.
  5. Markov macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2007
    I would say if you don't mind the small screen, then go for a macbook and a cinema display (as posted above). If you rather have a larger screen and wouldn't mind compromising, go for the 15" mbp. You will save money and still get a nice screen size. I have a 15" mbp and find it to be the perfect size. 1440 X 900 is great, the 13.3" runs at 1200 X 800.
  6. 212rikanmofo macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2003
  7. lscangus macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2003
    Newcastle, UK
    The 9400 cannot even handle the normal Mac OSX graphics @ 1920X1200 Smoothly
  8. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    I use the 9400 in 1920x1200 and it runs very smoothly. Sure its not as smooth as the 9600 but its not choppy
  9. briansolomon macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2005
    Murfreesboro, TN
    A firewire-less Macbook is useless to musicians.

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