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Nixon Face
Jan 18, 2011, 02:06 PM
Im ready to by, but I was reading how Macbook Air is weak. True? Alls I needs is to email, web, movie, and play the games. Will it do?



simsaladimbamba
Jan 18, 2011, 02:08 PM
Depends on "the games" and which MBA you want to buy.
So, what are the games you want to play and what MB do you want to buy?

Nixon Face
Jan 18, 2011, 02:14 PM
I by littlist one. I play hardcore games like World of Warcraft.

foiden
Jan 18, 2011, 02:31 PM
All Airs can play WoW, but it just matters how high the settings you want, and how much of a demand do you want for higher frames in super crowded places (like how Ironforge was/is).

Of course, there's settings to make it run nicely on any of the Airs, but it really depends on how many bells and whistles you plan to apply.

The big time graphic games will generally run, but with the big stuff you have to set some lower settings and such. Crysis has been demoed on a 11" Air, with lower settings. On the other hand, COD4 has been shown running on better settings with surprisingly good results.

WoW is a fairly low-demanding game. It has a decent look on low/medium settings, and usually those are easily handled by the 320M in there.

Take note, quite a few of the more graphically demanding games run better in Windows 7 (Which is the Windows OS that you must use if putting one on an Air, given that the previous ones were not written with SSD support. Apple knew that so they don't support Vista/XP on the new MBA bootcamp).

If you check Youtube, there are various vids showing the 11" performance on games, along with settings used to make them happen. Some games are good at defaulting to what you want. (eg. Starcraft 2). Others underestimate the system.

Nixon Face
Jan 18, 2011, 02:34 PM
What is 320M? Is that the cmputer I should by to play the World of Warcraft? Also the RPG games fallout and mass effect?

C64
Jan 18, 2011, 02:42 PM
What is 320M?
http://www.google.com/#q=320M

Is that the cmputer I should by to play the World of Warcraft?It can run WoW, so sure.

Also the RPG games fallout and mass effectMaybe on low res; these games are a lot heavier.

The MacBook Air is NOT a gaming machine

If you want to play games, buy a desktop PC or a 15lbs Alienware laptop.

foiden
Jan 18, 2011, 02:43 PM
The 320M is the graphics processor used in the new Macbook Airs.

Also, this thread would be one good example to see how that little 11" can run things.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1080921

Now, that maybe just one video (borderlands), but he is releasing a slew of new 11" gaming videos.

Take note, some things dont run as well in MacOS. Blizzard games like their WoW and Starcraft 2 are exceptions, as they pretty much do rather well in OpenGL (The Mac OSX library you can kind of equate to Direct X on the PC).

But yep. The thread starter asked the question in a way that it seems they know it's not a *gaming machine*, but still wants to know what the limitations are given so that if they just find they want to run something, that they can still run it, even if they have to turn stuff down.

Mass Effect and Fallout are things meant to play on a good number of machines, as long as you're willing to keep settings down far enough to make it playable. You're fortunate you asked for those. They are heavier than WoW or Torchlight (games meant to play on just about anything released today), but those 2 specifically have been known to run better than expected on lesser machines (with the right settings).

Nixon Face
Jan 18, 2011, 02:54 PM
Oh i didnt know. ok i will go look at the alienwares 15lbs.


The MacBook Air is NOT a gaming machine

If you want to play games, buy a desktop PC or a 15lbs Alienware laptop.

Nixon Face
Jan 18, 2011, 02:59 PM
i dont see 15lbs at alienwares site. You mean M15x?

Nixon Face
Jan 18, 2011, 03:12 PM
i think m15 is too fat. I want Apple caomputer i think. to look cool and play the world of warcraft even if i can't play fallout and mass effect.

Penooker
Jan 18, 2011, 05:03 PM
HAHAHAHA. Good luck to everyone in this thread.

Airforcekid
Jan 18, 2011, 05:16 PM
i think m15 is too fat. I want Apple caomputer i think. to look cool and play the world of warcraft even if i can't play fallout and mass effect.

I would buy it if that's the most intense game you really want to play just keep the settings at normal or low.

Jayomat
Jan 18, 2011, 06:01 PM
i dont see 15lbs at alienwares site. You mean M15x?

dude... 15lbs is the weight... the 320M is an integrated GPU... maybe do SOME research before you ask anything? Or think(pad).........?

ShiftClick
Jan 18, 2011, 06:13 PM
HAHAHAHA. Good luck to everyone in this thread.

I was thinking the same thing

darknite38
Jan 18, 2011, 06:18 PM
Don't feed the troll.

Apple OC
Jan 18, 2011, 06:23 PM
is there not an age min to post a thread on this forum? ... or IQ at least? :cool:

nfl46
Jan 18, 2011, 06:43 PM
This topic should be deleted. What a waste of space.

wordoflife
Jan 18, 2011, 06:44 PM
HAHAHAHA. Good luck to everyone in this thread.

I was thinking the same thing

Haha. lol

OP, I don't think you should be getting a MBA for your uses. You need to be specific with what you want to do with your computer.

shootingstar64
Jan 18, 2011, 07:54 PM
is there not an age min to post a thread on this forum? ... Or iq at least? :cool:

lol,......:D

Funkymonk
Jan 18, 2011, 09:33 PM
This topic should be deleted. What a waste of space.

this thread has been pure comedy for me. if it bothers you don't read it.

Eclipse278
Jan 18, 2011, 09:39 PM
how will i know if it bothers me if i don't read it?

2IS
Jan 18, 2011, 09:51 PM
Burn!

You're both right though. It's comedy, and probably should be deleted.

leftywamumonkey
Jan 18, 2011, 11:04 PM
If you want to check out gaming performance on Macbook Airs, I suggest you check someone out on youtube called, theunits3. I believe he showed: Black Ops, COD4, Starcraft 2. A few other games, I can't list them off the top of my head. It will give you a general idea of what it can play.

tom vilsack
Jan 19, 2011, 01:21 AM
new coo seems to think you might be ok

http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/4/2011/01/macbookfuture_bq.jpg

Nixon Face
Jan 19, 2011, 08:33 AM
Jeez guys no need to be mean, i get it macbook air cant play games but its still the littlist right? like i said evn if i cant play the fallout or mass effect i want macbook air.

DarwinOSX
Jan 21, 2011, 05:23 PM
Alienware is owned by Dell so good luck with that. :rolleyes:

jdavtz
Jan 21, 2011, 06:02 PM
Hi, is English your first language? If not, a small note to say so might reduce the harshness of some of the replies.

If it is - please try to use some grammar and correct spelling in your sentences. And people don't tend to appreciate being asked to explain things that are easily found on Google.

To try to answer your question:
Yes the MBA will do what you want, and it will play WoW.
More complex games will have to run at lower settings.
Gaming is probably the most challenging thing for a computer. A thin light laptop is never going to be the best option for this. But it's thin and light.