View Full Version : 15" powerbook, 128MB vid card....

06-14-2004, 02:40 PM
Does anybody have any expericence using LW on one of the later powerbooks? How is the open GL response? Have you tried any IK on it? Considering that the Powerbooks are as powerfull as the desktops were two years ago, how bad can it be?


06-15-2004, 12:23 PM
whaaa....no reply..... whaaaaa!!!!

06-15-2004, 02:31 PM
I've heard open GL performance on the new PowerBooks with
the Radeon 9700 and 10.3.4 is good. Rendering wise the new
PBs won't be as fast as the desk top G5s (duhhh) but they are still very usable. If fact I've played around a bit with Final Cut Pro
HD and DVDStudio2 on the new 17 incher and they both work
great. Rather zippy..... Max out the ram, when you get a chance,
to 2 gigs.... That WILL improve performance a bit.
The NEW PBs are very good. LightWave on the go....


06-15-2004, 05:10 PM
new Powerbooks and OGL -


06-16-2004, 04:03 AM
I have the 15" with 128mb of Vram, and all I can say is it's fantastic. Very impressed with both the machine in general and the graphics card in particular. It gives the wildcat in my PC in work a run for it's money. (seriously)

unc1e meat
06-17-2004, 12:49 PM
I second what fxgeek said. I have a 17" powerbook with 128mb ATI Radeon 9700 and the performance on it is very good. Open GL is as good as my windows box with 64mb Nvidia Quadro 2 Pro card. Some might argue that the 128mb should easily outperform a 64mb card but you just have to keep in mind that the 64mb card is a Pro level card costing quite a bit more and it is also a full sized desktop card in comparison to the mobile 128 mb card in the powerbook.

Overall, I would highly recommend getting the 128mb video card in the Powerbook. It's only a $50 upgrade.

06-17-2004, 11:26 PM

I have a PB G4 500 and I want to upgrade the video card, but I've been told that is not possible, but now you says that with only 50 bucks I can upgrade the video processor, is that true? and if so, How? and where do I can buy the upgrade?

06-18-2004, 06:10 AM
Sorry mate, the card mentioned above is only optional on a Alu PB 15" or 17".

Changing the one in your Tibook will probably cost more than buying a new Alu 15" PB. That takes some redesign of the motherboard, to fit another pinout, and there stops my guessing on the matter :)

unc1e meat
06-18-2004, 07:01 AM
kite is right, I didn't specify fully that it's a $50 upgrade if you're buying a new 15" or 17" powerbook. Unfortunatly there is no way to cheaply upgrade the video card in older powerbooks.

06-18-2004, 09:49 AM

unc1e meat
06-18-2004, 09:52 AM
on the upside royl, powerbooks retain their value well. Much better than some other computers out there I think. So, you could always buy a new powerbook with the 128 mb card and sell your current one. You should check prices on ebay for the used powerbooks because you may be surprised how much you could get for yours.

06-18-2004, 03:37 PM
I wonder if there will ever be a way to upgrade the 64 to a 128 video card in for people who already own the 17" (like me)

06-19-2004, 03:45 AM
there is no way. Its a built to order option. you can't even get the 128 Vram from an apple store. only from apple online.

06-19-2004, 03:52 AM
I made the jump and i got the 15 " aluminum, w/ 2 gig of ram and the 128 NB of video ram.

the display is incredible.... not as good as the iMac, but mnuch better than my old 12" 867 powerbook. Though I miss the protability of the 12"

I gotta say, i was at the apple store, and I found myself touching the iMac screen to see if it was real. It was the 20" iMac. When powerbooks look like that, then they will truely be desktop replacements.

LW is more usable on it that the 12". however, you can see how a 2ghz processor shouold be the minimum these days, not 1.5. 1.5 is good...but just barely good....

The Hardcard
06-19-2004, 07:08 PM
The 128 MB VRAM is not an upgrade in the literal sense. They are building some of the 1.5 GHz PowerBooks with 64 MB VRAM, which is standard, and some with 128 MB VRAM.

If you choose to "upgrade" it isn't a case of them sticking in an additional 64 MB VRAM to a standard PowerBook. It is a case of them sending you a separate PowerBook specifically built with 128 MB VRAM.

AFAIK, all components on the PowerBook motherboard are soldered in. For such features, you must live with the choices you make at purchase.