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    What kind of graphics cards?

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    What kind of graphics cards?
    So I am getting a new (and my first mac) MBP, and the specifications where emailed to me as is:

    Part Number: S2514Z/A
    Product Name: AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook
    Pro/PowerBook (w/or w/o Display) - Auto-enroll
    Unit Price: $349.00
    Quantity: 1
    Net Price: $349.00
    Estimated time to ship: Within 24 hours

    Part Number: Z0DP
    Product Name: MacBook Pro, 15-inch, 2.16GHz
    Options:
    065-6617 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    065-6619 2GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x1GB
    065-6624 160GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
    065-6625 SuperDrive 6x (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    065-6632 MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
    065-6627 Backlit Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
    065-6628 Accessory Kit
    Unit Price: $2,274.00
    Quantity: 1
    Net Price: $2,274.00
    Estimated time to ship: 3-5 business days

    SUBTOTAL: $2,623.00

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    But it shows no graphics card. What type does Mac normally use?

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    What kind of graphics cards?
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    it should have the 256 in it.

    I was on the M-F honor roll for month : May 2007

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    What kind of graphics cards?
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    Cool
    You have the entry model with this card:

    ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics with 128MB SDRAM
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    What kind of graphics cards?
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    For about $300 more, you could get the same system but with the 2.33Ghz C2D processor and twice the video RAM (256M instead of 128M).

    edit to add: And to answer your original question, the MBP C2D comes with an ATI X1600 video card, which is a very good mobile video card but certainly not a top of the line one. I've been able to play current PC-based games (with Boot Camp) very successfully at high resolution with mine and have no complaints.

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    What kind of graphics cards?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rman View Post
    You have the entry model with this card:

    ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics with 128MB SDRAM
    I stand corrected.

    I was on the M-F honor roll for month : May 2007

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    What kind of graphics cards?

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    How hard is it to upgrade your grapihcs card?

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    What kind of graphics cards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dadude1083 View Post
    How hard is it to upgrade your grapihcs card?
    Next to impossible. Its built into the logic board

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    What kind of graphics cards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by imacmatt09 View Post
    Next to impossible. Its built into the logic board
    Really? Oh wow, what about RAM? So what happens down the road when my graphics card becomes outdated, how do I go about changing it?

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    What kind of graphics cards?

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    You can change RAM as much as you want but you cant change your graphics card. Almost all laptops are like that.

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    What kind of graphics cards?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dadude1083 View Post
    So what happens down the road when my graphics card becomes outdated, how do I go about changing it?
    You buy a new notebook.

    I have a Dell first-generation XPS notebook which was billed at the time as being the ideal gamer notebook because you could "easily upgrade graphics cards." The problem is that by "easily" they meant "you can pay a trained technician to do it" and by "upgrade" they meant "for the next few months until we stop supporting it."

    When my video card flaked out, I contacted Dell to get it replaced and it was a stupendous hassle. I'd never buy another Dell.

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    The 128M is good enough for everyone. Unless your Hardcore then no laptop will.

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