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Hi, I really want a mac. I will be buying a macbook pro 15 inch very soon hopefully. I have one question though. Can the intergrated geforce 9400M handle programs like motion and after effects well? I don't really want to pay more money just for the 9600m gt. Please answer from experience, thanks.

p.s. I know I could get a nice iMac for that price, but I really need portability.
 
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it's a 9600 gt, not a 9600m gt... and yes, it can handle programs like that. The dedicated card will definitely handle it better, but the 9400m will suffice also. You'll just want more than 2GB of RAM, however I think that comes with 4. You're fine.
 
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thanks

thank you, I was just curious because I had read a couple places that it couldn't and a couple places that it could so I was just kinda confused.
 

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how it is possible that it isnt a 9600m gt?


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All models: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory3
Selected models: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR3 memory on 2.66GHz configuration; or 512MB of GDDR3 memory on 2.8GHz and 3.06GHz configurations
 

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it's a 9600 gt, not a 9600m gt... and yes, it can handle programs like that. The dedicated card will definitely handle it better, but the 9400m will suffice also. You'll just want more than 2GB of RAM, however I think that comes with 4. You're fine.

And it is a 9600m gt, and the 9400m is actually a pretty good chip and performs well. 9600m gt is just a bonus when you really want to pump out graphics.
 
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So it can handle those programs? What about Blender? Is Blender compatible with mac? I forget.
 
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There is a Mac version of Blender on their download page.
 
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The 'm' stands for mobile and is the initial on all current Macbook (and pro) graphics cards. If it didnt have that initial then it would be meant for the desktops and I cant quite see those fitting inside a notebook somehow :)
 
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Well crap, I stand corrected. I don't think it used to have the m in the name, but now it definitely does. :)
 

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Well crap, I stand corrected. I don't think it used to have the m in the name, but now it definitely does. :)

I had never paid much attention either so decided to check after this thread.

The 9400m is not as bad as some people think it it. It's just not a good 3d gaming chipset, but will do most other things well.
 
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Alright, one more question. Do you think it would be wiser to get the better 13 inch and just hook it up to a external monitor when running prgrams that require a higher resolution? Or should I stick with the 15 in?
 
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i bought a 17in mbp just because i hate stuff like external monitors. but i think this would be a preference. if your looking at ultimate portability get the 13 if you would like to watch movies and play games and without a smaller screen but still take it with you on the go get the 15. i have had 17in lappy for a few years now and i personally will never go smaller.. imo
 
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What I find funny is I have a couple of friends that bought top of the line 15 and they
are always using the default 9400 but note none of them game.
 

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