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MacBook Pro - What kind of graphics cards?


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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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it should have the 256 in it.


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You have the entry model with this card:

ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics with 128MB SDRAM

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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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You have the entry model with this card:

ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics with 128MB SDRAM
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How hard is it to upgrade your grapihcs card?
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How hard is it to upgrade your grapihcs card?
Next to impossible. Its built into the logic board
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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 So what happens down the road when my graphics card becomes outdated, how do I go about changing it?
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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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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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