Macbook for gaming?
Posted 05 March 2008 - 06:54 PM
Here's myquestion: what king of Mac should I buy if I want to enjoy top quality graphics and gaming? Can I play PC games on Macs if I switch onto the PC side or will the gaming lack graphics, speed, and gameplay? Am I better off just buying a PC instead and use a Mac for other purposes? What I was thinking is that I should buy a PC for gaming and a Macbook for everything else if nothing is out there. Thanks for your time.
Posted 05 March 2008 - 07:14 PM
I'm currently on a MacBook Pro for work purposes, and have kept my previous PC around (with some upgrades) for gaming, and am totally happy with that situation.
MBP: C2D @ 2.66 Ghz | GeForce 9600M GT 256Mb | 8GB RAM | 120GB SSD + 500GB HD | 10.6.2 / W7 x64
PC: Q9550 | 6950 2GB | 8GB RAM | 80GB SSD + 750GB HD | W7 x64
Posted 06 March 2008 - 06:00 AM
Posted 06 March 2008 - 06:24 AM
But I agree: a MacPro just for gaming is too expensive.
However, there is still the option to buy a MBP and run Windows games under BootCamp. The performance should be very good, especially with the 512 MB graphics board, and you have the advantage of having to have only one computer.
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Posted 06 March 2008 - 07:32 AM
Posted 06 March 2008 - 02:41 PM
When I bought my MBP, the step up to a 256MB card (as I recall) was a $500 option, but maybe I'm not recalling correctly. Whatever it was I could not justify the extra expense and it would have pushed my MBP up to $2600. My 128 MB card is handling games acceptable but not greatly. And I assume that upgrading my card would require a motherboard upgrade.
Posted 08 March 2008 - 03:25 PM
Posted 08 March 2008 - 03:36 PM
Posted 08 March 2008 - 03:50 PM
As long as you get boot camp, and not the possible mac version of RA3, which is inevitably coming too. (its faster on Windows)
Posted 08 March 2008 - 03:51 PM
Also, tBC, please merge this one with the "Important Gaming Question" by the same poster, it's similar in content.. Thank you!
EDIT: I shouldn't overuse my graphics..
Posted 08 March 2008 - 05:33 PM
A MacBook will not run Red Alert 3, or any other modern game with 3D models.
Posted 08 March 2008 - 06:41 PM
the Battle Cat
Posted 08 March 2008 - 07:27 PM
Are the system requirements even out, cuz I couldn't find them with a quick google search
Gaming Build: i5 8400 || GTX 1080 Ti || 16 GB DDR4 3000 || 960 Evo NVMe, 1 TB FireCuda || Win10 Pro || 144Hz GSync
Other: Dell OptiPlex 3040 as VMware host || QNAP TS-228 NAS || iPhone 6S 64GB
Posted 08 March 2008 - 08:53 PM
Posted 09 March 2008 - 02:13 AM
It doesn't matter. The Macbook uses an integrated graphics system because Apple's profit margins must be kept ridiculously high, and without a real GPU, you won't be able to meet the minimum system requirements.
Posted 09 March 2008 - 05:05 AM
I actually think that ETQW is *playable* on a macbook. Which is a modern game with 3D models.
Okay, ignoring the fact that nobody in their right mind would want to play Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, we've already established that *playable* means entirely different things for different people.
I benchmarked the universal binary Halo at 1024x768 with everything maxed on a GMA 950-powered MacBook, and it got 11 fps. The GMA X3100 in the newer MacBooks isn't much better. With Far Cry at high detail and 1024x768 resolution, the X3100 got ~8.5 fps. Fry Cry was released four years ago.
Maybe Enemy Territory is playable at 640x480 at the lowest detail setting possible, but if that's true, I can guarantee that it looks worse than Lindsay Lohan without makeup. See Crysis at low quality (looking far worse than Far Cry) and high quality. You may as well go buy a $300 Dell on eBay, buy a $30 GeForce 6600GT, and play everything up to Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory on high quality settings. You may want to argue that the gameplay remains the same regardless of the graphical settings, but I would counter that graphics are an integral part of gameplay--they sell the mechanics.
Posted 09 March 2008 - 06:08 AM
I recently cranked up a pretty basic game called Penumbra Overture. My aging G5 plays it without any problems, but my wife's MacBook with a X3100 chipset (sometimes referred to as a Santa Rosa, purchased in Dec) plays the game only if the shaders are set to low. Otherwise the first scene in the shipboard cabin all most whites out. The MB has the cpu horsepower to play the game but is very limited on it's graphic support using integrated graphics. The game does not officially support MacBooks. Older MacBooks don't play it at all, I suppose due to lack of shader support, but I'm not sure.
Under the Windows Gaming on a Mac FAQ I have a short non inclusive list of playable games for the Mac Book, see the Game Performance Via Bootcamp section. Any of our readers to encouraged to post new entries into that thread for compatible games.
Posted 09 March 2008 - 09:32 AM
Posted 09 March 2008 - 09:54 AM
the Battle Cat