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    Performance difference between 64MB 9700 and 128MB 9700 on 15" Powerbook

    I've virtually settled on the 1.5GHz 15" PB with combo drive and 1GB (on two DIMMS) for my upcoming PGCE. The only thing that keeps me looking at the 1.67GHz model is the option to upgrade the graphics to 128MB. Try as I might, I can't find any info on the web comparing the graphics performance of these two options. I'll mainly be using the PB for web-based research, assignments and presentation work, so games performance isn't a high priority, but I don't want to hobble my graphics capabilities either.

    Can anyone give my some advice? Is the extra £90 worth it?


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    As no decent games on os x would guess the difference to be minimal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rup
    As no decent games on os x would guess the difference to be minimal.
    There are some features in Tiger that require 128mb card. But they arnt major things anyway.

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    World of Warcraft is a decent game, and it runs...and there are others I'm sure.

    MORE ram is usually for having more stuff locally...it will run acceptably with higher settings, but exactly the same at lower...so for WoW its definately worth it.

    How long are you likely to have the machine? And what do you want to do on it?
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    I'll probably have it for at least two years. I've explained my uses in the first post. What features in Tiger need 128MB?


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    I would think QE2D and that other funky feature (on the fly image effects) would probably need it. Also Dashboard has a nice 'effect' when QE2D is enabled...

    If you plan for the long term it is worth while getting what you can afford the most right now...of course if you plan to sell it off later on maybe not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rup
    As no decent games on os x would guess the difference to be minimal.
    erm no...World of warcraft, DF:Black hawk down, civ3, quake 3, doom3, starcraft (Classic game ) etc...loads of good games for mac

    As for general use outside of gaming i dont think it would make much difference. my ibook has a 32meg rad9200 and it performs nicely in tiger - even works great in photoshop and lightwave

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    Thanks for the input guys, I'm starting to prefer the 128MB version, which means 1.67GHz, not sure if I need the superdrive though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggerbugger
    I'll probably have it for at least two years. I've explained my uses in the first post. What features in Tiger need 128MB?
    Its certain widgets in Tiger that require 128mb. It's not a lot really just graphical things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggerbugger
    Thanks for the input guys, I'm starting to prefer the 128MB version, which means 1.67GHz, not sure if I need the superdrive though.
    Firewire case and external, compatible, £30 burner seems like the way forward to me.

    To be honest if that is all you're gonna be doing with the computer I wouldn't worry about the 128Mb at all...many, many, many Mac Minis and iBooks have been sold and they only have 32Mb. 64Mb will be fine unless..well, you're playing WoW or doing advanced 3D stuff...

    *Edit* are you gonna be using the laptop AS a laptop much? If you are mostly going to use it in one place, I'd maybe look at a 12 inch or an iBook with an external monitor and keyboard; you can still do presentation stuff on it, and will get a more comfortable home working environment. iBooks are a LOT cheaper for not that much less CPU performance. You can make the iBook do proper spanning, not just mirroring, quite easily.
    Last edited by daverobev; 24-08-2005 at 02:57 PM.
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    The main advantage is for working in the university library, and spreading things out on the dining table at home. Actually, I've seen the new range of Asus laptops this morning, and am seriously considering one of those instead, they're a hell of a lot cheaper.

    I looked at the iBooks in the Bullring Apple store a couple of weeks ago. I really don't like the plasticky (?) look, and I really want the screen size and resolution of the powerbook.


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