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#1 Huntn

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 01:39 PM

Anyone playing WoW on a new MacBook? I'd like to know how it does. Thanks!

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 02:11 PM

I've played it a few times on the macbook I got over the summer. You can play it, but you have to have everything on low. Buy lots of ram.
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Posted 28 February 2007 - 03:20 PM

View PostNAG, on February 28th 2007, 02:11 PM, said:

I've played it a few times on the macbook I got over the summer. You can play it, but you have to have everything on low. Buy lots of ram.

I was hoping for better considering the game plays adequately on a G4 Powerbook. Not to insult your intelligence but was this after the universal binary had come out? I figure 1GB RAM will suffice, hopefully.

Thanks!

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 03:23 PM

I heard, that on the MB reducing the view distance is the key. Then you do not have to minimise all settings.

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 03:28 PM

View PostHuntn, on February 28th 2007, 04:20 PM, said:

I was hoping for better considering the game plays adequately on a G4 Powerbook.

The PowerBook has a real graphics card, the MacBook has lame integrated graphics.

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 03:33 PM

WoW is a ram hog and when you start sharing it with integrated graphics it really goes down fast. And yes, this was last week. It's playable, just don't expect the world.
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Posted 28 February 2007 - 04:05 PM

View PostJanichsan, on February 28th 2007, 03:23 PM, said:

I heard, that on the MB reducing the view distance is the key. Then you do not have to minimise all settings.

Well, I had to do that on the PB too and it did not seem to hurt "the experience". Hopefully it won't be too bad. Even though I knew the MB has its limits when it comes to gaming, I still thought it would run circles around any PB. Guess not...

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 04:07 PM

View PostHuntn, on February 28th 2007, 11:05 PM, said:

Even though I knew the MB has its limits when it comes to gaming, I still thought it would run circles around any PB. Guess not...
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Posted 28 February 2007 - 05:04 PM

View PostHuntn, on February 28th 2007, 05:05 PM, said:

I still thought it would run circles around any PB.

Graphics cards are massively parallel.  You can't really make up for that with CPU speed alone...although maybe Intel's 80-core "Tera" thingy would work....

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 07:53 PM

View PostHuntn, on February 28th 2007, 01:20 PM, said:

I was hoping for better considering the game plays adequately on a G4 Powerbook. Not to insult your intelligence but was this after the universal binary had come out? I figure 1GB RAM will suffice, hopefully.

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 08:37 PM

Meh, it only replaced Halo multiplayer.
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Posted 01 March 2007 - 06:24 AM

View PostNAG, on February 28th 2007, 03:33 PM, said:

WoW is a ram hog and when you start sharing it with integrated graphics it really goes down fast. And yes, this was last week. It's playable, just don't expect the world.

Thanks for the confirmation! :)

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 10:59 AM

Got a new MacBook from work on tuesday. Of course I had to install WoW on it ;) Stock white 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook but with 2GB RAM. Generally it seems to perform better than my old 1.33GHz PowerBook G4 with a lowly 512MB RAM with most settings to the bottom. It's fully playable, but I have yet to try something heavy on it, like MC or so... but it is not a horrible experience otherwise so far. Even have textures high.
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Posted 01 March 2007 - 11:34 AM

You still run mc?! Oy, most everything is a 5 man these days.
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Posted 01 March 2007 - 01:03 PM

I'm still playing on my old Powerbook, so i can't confirm this, but I've read in various places that playing WoW using Bootcamp is a better experience on a macbook. Worth trying, if it's important. I'm a'gonna try it once I get a MB (WoW will be the second game I put on after Morrowind).

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 05:31 PM

I've been playing on a first gen MacBook(core duo 1), 2 ghz and a gig of ram. I'd say it runs as well on the MacBook as it does on my G5 iMac with its Radeon 9600, i.e. pretty well. I also turned down the distance, but everything else is medium or high (as I recall). It blows the iBook out of the water.
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Posted 01 March 2007 - 05:56 PM

View PostNAG, on March 1st 2007, 11:34 AM, said:

You still run mc?! Oy, most everything is a 5 man these days.

Did they do something to MC or is it still 40 player?

Thanks guys for the reports! :D

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 06:30 AM

View PostHuntn, on March 2nd 2007, 12:56 AM, said:

Did they do something to MC or is it still 40 player?

Thanks guys for the reports! :D

MC is still 40 man, but most of the gear that drops there is outshined by quest rewards in Outland... so nobody ever goes there. We're actually going there this weekend with our horde guild for fun... but almost everything that drops will be disenchanted unless people bring some lower level alts. I just took MC as an example as hardware test since it's been one of the more taxing places before.
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Posted 02 March 2007 - 09:39 AM

Ah, yeah we're messing around in bwl and naxx.
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 04:32 PM

View Postvsp, on March 1st 2007, 01:03 PM, said:

I'm still playing on my old Powerbook, so i can't confirm this, but I've read in various places that playing WoW using Bootcamp is a better experience on a macbook. Worth trying, if it's important. I'm a'gonna try it once I get a MB (WoW will be the second game I put on after Morrowind).

I guess it boils down to which OS has less overhead and which platform the game is more optimized for. I believe the core game files are the same, but because Blizzard made it, I assume they optimize it for the Mac as much as practical.