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Hey guys !
Not being a gfx cards afficionado, I'd like to know, what is the performance impact of having less dedicated memory on a gfx ?
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the more video ram you have the more it will help with large detailed textures at higher resolutions
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128MB is fine for most things.
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ok, thx guys, but what does "fine" mean ? Is oblivion going to play alright with it ? I don't usually play it at very high Resolutions, and I don't really care about the graphics, I just want to play. And this is the only hesitation i have from my final decision on getting the macbook pro...
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Well, there are two things you need to know:
1st- with 128mb of video memory you won't be able to use vista on your laptop(with the boot camp)
2nd-Oblivion should play well with 128mb , but that gfx won't give you more than 30fps most of the time,unless you play at low and 600x400.
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I found that 128mb was enough back in 2002. I would say these days at least 256mb would be ideal.

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huh ? Is a 256Mb Gfx a requirement for running vista ?
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huh ? Is a 256Mb Gfx a requirement for running vista ?
Lol no, it doesn't need it, but they probably have some kind of verification that REQUIRES you have it, not that you need it.
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ok, thx guys, but what does "fine" mean ? Is oblivion going to play alright with it ? I don't usually play it at very high Resolutions, and I don't really care about the graphics, I just want to play. And this is the only hesitation i have from my final decision on getting the macbook pro...
There are people that will tell you 512MB of VRAM isn't enough, but realistically, for today's games, 256MB is sufficient, if you have 1GB of system RAM or more. 512MB is nice, but not necessary for the vast majority of games imo.

If you're willing to turn down/off some of the graphics settings and spend time applying .ini tweaks, as well as run the game @ 800x600, Oblivion will run with playable FPS in most circumstances with most 128MB video cards imo.

Ideally you should have 256MB of graphics memory and an X800 (or Nvidia equivalent) or above graphics card, but you can, supposedly, play Oblivion on a 9500 series ATi card (or Nvidia equivalent) so 128MB should be OK.

Just don't expect to be "blown away" by Oblivion’s realism and graphical beauty, because you wont see any on the older hardware, with consequently lower settings. Heck, my X800Pro @ 550/1120 struggles in Oblivion in some areas in some circumstances and I'm using all the .ini optimisation tweaks I could find and hardly the highest graphics settings...

Oblivion is one of the most demanding games for graphics cards. You have to spend a lot of money if you want a card you can max-out all the graphics settings with whilst having a decent resolution with reasonable FPS...

The short answer is yes, 128MB will be fine, but don't expect high FPS or beautiful graphical scenes, because you wont get them.

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There are people that will tell you 512MB of VRAM isn't enough, but realistically, for today's games, 256MB is sufficient, if you have 1GB of system RAM or more. 512MB is nice, but not necessary for the vast majority of games imo.

If you're willing to turn down/off some of graphics settings and spend time applying .ini tweaks, as well as run the game @ 800x600, Oblivion will run with playable FPS in most circumstances in my opinion.

Ideally you should have 256MB of graphics memory and an X800 (or Nvidia equivalent) or above graphics card, but you can, supposedly, play Oblivion on a 9550 series ATi card (or Nvidia equivalent) so 128MB should be OK.

Just don't expect to be "blown away" by Oblivion’s realism and graphical beauty, because you wont see any on the older hardware, with consequently lower settings. Heck, my X800Pro @ 550/1120 struggles in Oblivion in some areas in some circumstances and I'm using all the .ini optimisation tweaks I could find and hardly the highest graphics settings...

Oblivion is one of the most demanding games for graphics cards. You have to spend a lot of money if you want a card you can max-out all the graphics settings with whilst having a decent resolution with reasonable FPS...

Short answer is yes. 128MB will be fine, but don't expect high FPS or beautiful graphical scenes, because you wont get them.

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Eh, I could run most things maxed out with 128MB on my GFX, it was a 16pp6 vp 6800LE.
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