Will I ever need to use the 9600

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

  1. derek1984 macrumors 6502a

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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.
     
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  7. lscangus macrumors 6502

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    The 9400 cannot even handle the normal Mac OSX graphics @ 1920X1200 Smoothly
     
  8. ayeying macrumors 601

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    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

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    A firewire-less Macbook is useless to musicians.
     

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