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Macbook Pro 2.53 or 2.66 with 9600m card?

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I am currently using AC11.

I need to buy a new Macbook Pro 15".

1. Will AC run faster on the 2.66ghz with the additional 9600m video card?

2. Does anyone have the 9600m and turn it off and wish they would of saved money and bought the 2.53ghz model? Why?

3. Do I need to upgrade from AC11 to get the performance boost of the 9600M?
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Anonymous
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Cleverbeans wrote:
LINZ wrote:
Just curious, why wouldn't you be using a workstation card instead of a gaming card?
Because the only difference is marketing, the specs of the card are often identical. 3D CAD and 3D games are largely using the same math behind the scenes and with the OpenGL standard API for graphics cards they're all communicating with the software in the same way. As a good rule of thumb, the more video RAM the card has the better, other considerations are secondary as you're unlikely to notice significant performance differences between two card.
What do you think of these benchmark numbers then? It appears there is a very big difference between them.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-firepro-v8700,2154-10.html
Anonymous
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Anonymous
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LINZ wrote:
What do you think of these benchmark numbers then? It appears there is a very big difference between them.
I specifically said "noticeable" difference, because obviously there are differences, but benchmarks have almost no relevance in practice. It's the distinction between how a car performs under optimal conditions on a test track and how reliable and comfortable it is when you're stuck in grid-lock. Sure it can go a lot faster, but you're not driving it that way, so why pay more? Manufactures hype benchmarks because they're engineers, and that's what's important to them as they develop the product, not because it doesn't translates into gains for the end user.
Anonymous
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It would be interesting to have an opinion from someone at Graphisoft. We all know there are some demands placed on the video card. An authoritative opinion would be very helpful for the consumer I think.
Anonymous
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This ArchiWiki article is interesting. I didn't know GS actually recommended QuadroFX cards. Now I do!

http://archicadwiki.com/Video%20Cards%20for%20ArchiCAD%2013
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