MacBookPro What can I upgrade?

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  1. ThePickler

    ThePickler Member

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    I'm taking the plunge and buying my first Mac this month, but first I have some questions:

    Is there a substantial difference between the 9400M and 9600 GT card? How easily can I swap it out for a newer card in the future?

    Are components like the hard drive easily accessible? I'd like to upgrade to an SSD at some point.

    Since Macs can't read NTFS partitions, when I Boot Camp Windows 7 can I use FAT 32 and is there a noticeable performance loss if I do?

    Thank you! Its was about time for iPodTouchFans to have a Mac forum : )
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    You can't swap out the graphics card. You can upgrade your hard drive and RAM.
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    I don't do much gaming, so I can't really comment on the differences between the 9600M GT discrete card and the 9400M integrated, besides saying that the discrete card is better, because, well, it's discrete.

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    The hard drive is easily accessible, and as is the RAM, but use the right screwdriver and discharge any static electricity on your body before meddling in there.
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    Woah wait. The 9400M is discreet?

    I thought on the 15" MacbookPro it wasn't.
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    Axis Super Moderator Staff Member

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    No, the 9400M is integrated; the 9600M GT is discrete.

    The cheapest MBP 15" lacks a discrete card.
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    I am confused by the meaning of "discreet and integrated".

    Could you please explain? I thought they meant the same thing. But it seems that discreet is better.
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    Axis Super Moderator Staff Member

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    OK, first off - "discreet" and "discrete" are two different words.

    EDIT: definitions courtesy of the Apple Dictionary on my Mac.

    When we speak of graphics cards that are standalone, dedicated chips, we say "discrete". A Dedicated graphics processor has its own memory and is independent to the CPU.

    An integrated chip shares memory with the CPU and doesn't perform as well as a dedicated / discrete chip.

    Someone else can probably explain it better, but that's the gist of it.
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    Thank you Axis.

    Now that I know the correct terminology I can make sure that I get the discrete/dedicated graphics that I want.

    I am still under the impression that the 15" models have discrete 9400 M cards. I'll make sure of this before I buy.
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    Windows 7 is not compatible with Boot Camp. You will have to partition your hard drive and install windows 7 using a different method.
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    You are quite correct Axis, just got back from chatting with an Apple rep. I am sorry I doubted you. : )

    This is troubling. I thought there were compatibility issues but didn't know that Windows 7 wouldn't work at all. I'll have to do some more research.

    *Eeek* This is looking terribly expensive if I really want the discrete package. And since I'm going overseas I also plan on getting the Apple Protection plan.

    $2,088 so far. Do I really want to put down that much on a laptop??

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