bobbob, on March 10th 2008, 12:05 AM, said:
ATI's 780g chipset's integrated graphics are looking OK. It can use dedicated memory (it has its own memory controller and its own RAM can be soldered onto the motherboard), and even with system memory it performs only a little worse than a separate Radeon 3450. It's something like 5-10x faster and uses less power than Intel's newfangled G35, which is the desktop version of the latest in a long line of Intel's best integrated graphics chipsets. Apple sure knows how to pick 'em.
Hmm. Too bad for Mac users that Apple is most likely picking Intel chips because of getting a better deal and hence larger profit margins. Hence, not likely to switch any time soon.
rhiamom, on March 10th 2008, 07:28 AM, said:
If you want to play 3D games on a Macbook, you're going to have to up the ram to 4 meg AND play the Windows version using Boot Camp. There is simply no way to get acceptable graphics performance from a Macbook running OS X unless you like all settings on low, with freezing and lagging. Interestingly, Tiberium Wars specifies that the GMA 950 is not supported in the Mac specs, but lists the GMA 900 as the minimum on the Windows specs. This is the result of being able to use Direct X. The GMA 3100 may give adequate performance under Windows. I wouldn't risk it myself.
Get the best computer you can find for gaming, even if it costs more than you can comfortably afford. A PC gives you the ability to upgrade components, but with a Mac (unless it's a Mac Pro) you are stuck.
Direct X isn't so much the issue. 4GB of RAM is also not going to make any difference whatsoever with the weak GPU. It will help run the game in other ways, but only if the game needs more than the 2GB that most games are comfortable with right now.