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NuggetSauce
Aug 13, 2012, 12:21 AM
I got the new 13" macbook air, and since it has integrated graphics, I suspected to be playing Peggle and Chess.

I installed Steam, and got Borderlands, Diablo 3, Left for Dead 2, and Minecraft.

I'm blown away that it's able to run new games, on medium settings with solid framerates, and older games, maxed out, with good framerates.

Its gaming capability far exceeds my 2008 iMac.

Now i'm glad I didnt pick the Pro. I'm not saying the Pro is a bad buy, the retina display is amazing, and I know many people need the DVD drive, wired ethernet, and more HDD space, but the Air does everything I need it to do.

For anyone concerned about the integrated graphics, dont be. Unless you need to run Skyrim on max settings and get 60FPS, this laptop will satisfy 99% of gamers out there.

Heck I might just sell my iMac and have this be my everything computer.



seared.ahi
Aug 13, 2012, 12:23 AM
I got the new 13" macbook air, and since it has integrated graphics, I suspected to be playing Peggle and Chess.

I installed Steam, and got Borderlands, Diablo 3, Left for Dead 2, and Minecraft.

I'm blown away that it's able to run new games, on medium settings with solid framerates, and older games, maxed out, with good framerates.

Its gaming capability far exceeds my 2008 iMac.

Now i'm glad I didnt pick the Pro. I'm not saying the Pro is a bad buy, the retina display is amazing, and I know many people need the DVD drive, wired ethernet, and more HDD space, but the Air does everything I need it to do.

For anyone concerned about the integrated graphics, dont be. Unless you need to run Skyrim on max settings and get 60FPS, this laptop will satisfy 99% of gamers out there.

Heck I might just sell my iMac and have this be my everything computer.

I don't know...I downloaded the game RC Racers from the App Store last night and when I started playing it my computer got immediately hot and the fan turned on and spun really loudly. Yes, the graphics were great, but could I say my 13" MBA/8GB RAM could handle it? I don't know...It was good to see my fan working, but wow was it scary...and HOT! I deleted the game after that.

dialed1
Aug 13, 2012, 12:24 AM
True that I was shocked 11" air ran diablo 3

NuggetSauce
Aug 13, 2012, 12:27 AM
I don't know...I downloaded the game RC Racers from the App Store last night and when I started playing it my computer got immediately hot and the fan turned on and spun really loudly. Yes, the graphics were great, but could I say my 13" MBA/8GB RAM could handle it? I don't know...It was good to see my fan working, but wow was it scary...and HOT! I deleted the game after that.

The heat and fan is normal and will happen with any laptop. As long as it doesnt overheat and freeze, it should be fine.

Considering the fact that gaming towers have giant heatsinks, and 3-6 case fans to cool it, and this is all done in a laptop thats less than an inch thick, its pretty impressive.

Panini
Aug 13, 2012, 12:28 AM
Just curious - are you able to run Minecraft full-screen on maximum settings? Because my current macbook pro can't even do that...

If it can (which I doubt) at which point do texture packs begin to cause lag?

Oh, and have you ever needed to turn down the resolution to get playable Diablo 3 framerates?

If you don't mind, can you install team fortress 2 and see what settings it runs smoothly on?

Thanks!

seared.ahi
Aug 13, 2012, 12:29 AM
The heat and fan is normal and will happen with any laptop. As long as it doesnt overheat and freeze, it should be fine.

Considering the fact that gaming towers have giant heatsinks, and 3-6 case fans to cool it, and this is all done in a laptop thats less than an inch thick, its pretty impressive.

So it does the same thing to you when you play Diablo, etc? I had never experienced it before. Thought that if that happens, it means your computer can't really handle it.

NuggetSauce
Aug 13, 2012, 12:30 AM
True that I was shocked 11" air ran diablo 3

A couple months before Diablo was released, I was going to spend $800 and build a gaming tower just for the game. I'm glad I didnt.

I'm not a fan of the game. A dull clickfest in my opinion. But I am loving borderlands GOTY edition and Portal 2.

korbearus10
Aug 13, 2012, 12:32 AM
I don't know...I downloaded the game RC Racers from the App Store last night and when I started playing it my computer got immediately hot and the fan turned on and spun really loudly. Yes, the graphics were great, but could I say my 13" MBA/8GB RAM could handle it? I don't know...It was good to see my fan working, but wow was it scary...and HOT! I deleted the game after that.

The fans spinning at 6000 RPM and getting hot doesn't mean the Air can't handle gaming. It's the same on the MacBook Pro 13" and the rMBP (though to a lesser extent, perhaps because it has two fans so they don't have to spin as fast). As long as the computer doesn't shut down, it's completely normal. In fact, even when you're not playing games, if you try encoding video with handbrake, your MacBook Air's fans will spin fast and the overall chassis will become hot.

NuggetSauce
Aug 13, 2012, 12:41 AM
So it does the same thing to you when you play Diablo, etc? I had never experienced it before. Thought that if that happens, it means your computer can't really handle it.

No its only if your computer shuts down (as a fail safe from temps being too high) or your computer freezes (from the cpu being too unstable from the heat).

Most any newer 3D game will make any laptop hot, and the fan spin to keep the temps stable, and since the macbook air is so thin, there are no big heatsinks to absorb the heat, so certain spots of the case being hot is normal.

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Just curious - are you able to run Minecraft full-screen on maximum settings? Because my current macbook pro can't even do that...

If it can (which I doubt) at which point do texture packs begin to cause lag?

Oh, and have you ever needed to turn down the resolution to get playable Diablo 3 framerates?

If you don't mind, can you install team fortress 2 and see what settings it runs smoothly on?

Thanks!

Its all about know which settings to turn down on game settings, because certain game settings affect performance and framerates more than others.

Generally you want to have Anti Aliasing off on newer games, and use lower resolutions if you are getting low, choppy FPS.

I can run Minecraft on high settings, full screen, and it being stable, but this is only single player. If you play on a multiplayer server that is filled with tons and tons of stuff, that could slow down even gaming desktops.

In Minecraft, the Render Distance setting plays a big part in performance, so i'd turn it down if its running choppy for you.

I know it can run Team Fortress 2, because Portal 2 uses the same engine, with more demanding graphics, and I am able to run that fine with high settings.

boomboom2
Aug 13, 2012, 01:20 AM
I'm still really underwhelmed with Intel's integrated graphics. The HD 4000 is noticeably better than the 3000, but that's no compliment. AMD's mobile APUs blow Intel's HD integrated graphics out of the water.

NuggetSauce
Aug 13, 2012, 01:55 AM
I'm still really underwhelmed with Intel's integrated graphics. The HD 4000 is noticeably better than the 3000, but that's no compliment. AMD's mobile APUs blow Intel's HD integrated graphics out of the water.

At the cost of battery life. Their APU's take more juice because of the larger die. But thats not a huge deal. The main concern is having to use windows to get it :D

and the haswell intel cpu's coming out are expected to up the ante quite a bit.

crossi81
Aug 13, 2012, 03:41 AM
Did anybody try the following games:

- Guild Wars 2 (beta or beta weekends)
- WoW Mists of Pandaria (beta)
- Skyrim
- Shogun 2
- Starcraft 2

@native res or bare minimum hd resolution (minimum 720p vertical)? I have an external 21'' 1366x768 to use with.

I only play/will play these games (or old ones like TF2 or CS:S), not really a gamer just about 1h/day on average.

I'm torn between rMBP and maxed out Air 13''. Budget is not a problem (luckily), but portability is. The lighter/smaller, the better. I will use the laptop mainly for other non graphical tasks, I'm not buying it for those games, I just wondered if I could play them. But at the same time, if I can't play those games fluently, rMBP will do in weight/dimensions.

What's your experience?

NuggetSauce
Aug 13, 2012, 06:36 AM
I can say almost certainly that Shogun 2, Wow (all expansions), and Starcraft 2, it will run well on at least middle settings.

Can't comment on the other games.

Luigi3
Aug 13, 2012, 07:10 AM
OP, what configuration of Air are you using? Could you check any CoD or Assassin's Creed 2?

Calot
Aug 13, 2012, 09:27 AM
Did anybody try the following games:

- Guild Wars 2 (beta or beta weekends)
- WoW Mists of Pandaria (beta)
- Skyrim
- Shogun 2
- Starcraft 2

@native res or bare minimum hd resolution (minimum 720p vertical)? I have an external 21'' 1366x768 to use with.

I only play/will play these games (or old ones like TF2 or CS:S), not really a gamer just about 1h/day on average.

I'm torn between rMBP and maxed out Air 13''. Budget is not a problem (luckily), but portability is. The lighter/smaller, the better. I will use the laptop mainly for other non graphical tasks, I'm not buying it for those games, I just wondered if I could play them. But at the same time, if I can't play those games fluently, rMBP will do in weight/dimensions.

What's your experience?

I ran the first 4 missions on Starcraft 2 at native res, textures high, video high and everything else low on my 13" i7 8gb and it ran at a constant 60FPS. No slowdowns. I was very impressed. It looks great!

asting
Aug 13, 2012, 10:24 AM
I don't know...I downloaded the game RC Racers from the App Store last night and when I started playing it my computer got immediately hot and the fan turned on and spun really loudly. Yes, the graphics were great, but could I say my 13" MBA/8GB RAM could handle it? I don't know...It was good to see my fan working, but wow was it scary...and HOT! I deleted the game after that.

That's the same reason I return a car if it goes over 3000 rpm.

archurban
Aug 13, 2012, 10:56 AM
I don't understand why you bought MBA if you want to play games. the machine is not capable of playing game enough. with lower setting, I'd better kill myself. gaming is satisfied with full rich settings. if you continue to play that kind of games for long, your MBA will have a big problem. I guarantee it. I think that's stupid.

JMS803
Aug 13, 2012, 11:08 AM
if you continue to play that kind of games for long, your MBA will have a big problem.

Gaming will not affect the longevity of a machine. Fans are there for a reason, and laptops are designed (and stress tested) to handle excessive heat. My 07 MBP regularly hits up to 180 degrees fahrenheit.

Calot
Aug 13, 2012, 11:12 AM
I don't understand why you bought MBA if you want to play games. the machine is not capable of playing game enough. with lower setting, I'd better kill myself. gaming is satisfied with full rich settings. if you continue to play that kind of games for long, your MBA will have a big problem. I guarantee it. I think that's stupid.

Your post is stupid.

snow blind
Aug 13, 2012, 12:02 PM
That's the same reason I return a car if it goes over 3000 rpm.Your snarky analogy was horrible.

isrefel
Aug 13, 2012, 12:07 PM
I got the new 13" macbook air, and since it has integrated graphics, I suspected to be playing Peggle and Chess.

I installed Steam, and got Borderlands, Diablo 3, Left for Dead 2, and Minecraft.

I'm blown away that it's able to run new games, on medium settings with solid framerates, and older games, maxed out, with good framerates.

Its gaming capability far exceeds my 2008 iMac.

Now i'm glad I didnt pick the Pro. I'm not saying the Pro is a bad buy, the retina display is amazing, and I know many people need the DVD drive, wired ethernet, and more HDD space, but the Air does everything I need it to do.

For anyone concerned about the integrated graphics, dont be. Unless you need to run Skyrim on max settings and get 60FPS, this laptop will satisfy 99% of gamers out there.

Heck I might just sell my iMac and have this be my everything computer.

Yep, it really is impressive. Just picked up RAGE when it was on sale, and I can run it on the new i7/8gb on high settings at a cool 50 fps. Not too shabby for casual or slightly older gaming.

asting
Aug 13, 2012, 02:43 PM
I don't understand why you bought MBA if you want to play games. the machine is not capable of playing game enough. with lower setting, I'd better kill myself. gaming is satisfied with full rich settings. if you continue to play that kind of games for long, your MBA will have a big problem. I guarantee it. I think that's stupid.

Let me guess, real gamers play on xboxs? Millions of gamers play on lower settings by using consoles nowadays and they do just fine. No need to act an alarmist and make terribly false statements. Your computer will regulate its heat just fine, and if it gets too hot will shut itself down to prevent damage, not because it is damaged.
Your snarky analogy was horrible.
http://i56.tinypic.com/oawspk.gif

NuggetSauce
Aug 13, 2012, 04:45 PM
I don't understand why you bought MBA if you want to play games. the machine is not capable of playing game enough. with lower setting, I'd better kill myself. gaming is satisfied with full rich settings. if you continue to play that kind of games for long, your MBA will have a big problem. I guarantee it. I think that's stupid.

I bought the macbook air for many things. Web surfing, watching netflix and hulu, facebook apps, ebay, garage band, task management, iMovie, iTunes, iPhoto, Facetime, Skype, all this to do when I am traveling and away from home.

And yes, gaming, which it handles fine. I played Borderlands, Minecraft, Left 4 Dead 2, and Diablo 2 for several hours last night on my Air, they all ran smooth on high settings. Not sure why you think you can't game on it.

I have the 13" model with ivy bridge.

lewdvig
Aug 13, 2012, 04:48 PM
I played through Mass Effect 1 on a notebook that had a RADEON 2600. It was good for 3500-4000 pts in 3dmark06. The HD4000 gets 6,000 in the same test.

So that is pretty impressive for a computer that is only marginally bigger than an iPad.

I have a gaming desktop for heavy lifting, but because I love PC games so much it's good to know that I can take them with me on the road.

I'll be buying Grimrock on GOG as soon as my MBA arrives. Porting team has made an excellent wrapper for that game.

vtyler98
Aug 13, 2012, 05:16 PM
To add to this thread, I would say that I've been able to run Rome Total War on the full settings fine without any lag whatsoever on my 2012 Air. I had a 2011 Air and had to run it on medium settings, and even on medium it would lag and sometimes freeze or slow down, but the 2012 on medium doesn't even get the cpu above 70C and the fans stay below 3000rpm whereas it would be 6500rpm on the 2011 Air. A big difference for sure.

Blackberryroid
Aug 14, 2012, 08:53 AM
Here's an astonishing achievement:
I was able to run Assassin's Creed 2 with everything Maxed out on an 11" Air. Graphics are amazing!

And Also Portal 2. And Need For Speed Undercover. Those games aren't ancient. They're recent. I can't believe this. My MacBook Air is more powerful than my Pro. Amazing!

NuggetSauce
Aug 15, 2012, 01:09 AM
I just installed Batman Arkham Asylum. The game looks amazing, and its running smoothly. Gaming performance is a non issue with the new airs.

bwfc0907
Aug 19, 2012, 02:06 PM
I just installed Batman Arkham Asylum. The game looks amazing, and its running smoothly. Gaming performance is a non issue with the new airs.

Is this through boot camp?

Beanoir
Aug 19, 2012, 02:13 PM
I don't understand why you bought MBA if you want to play games. the machine is not capable of playing game enough. with lower setting, I'd better kill myself. gaming is satisfied with full rich settings. if you continue to play that kind of games for long, your MBA will have a big problem. I guarantee it. I think that's stupid.

Who looks stupid now...

Drexo
Dec 3, 2012, 08:25 PM
I'm in the process of buying a new laptop, for the same reasons I'm looking too for a lap to carry around, travel, photos, Internet, videos and sometimes play, mostly because I'm getting really bored at work lately.
I really play just one game, wow Mists of Pandaria, always been a fan, and I want to know if it's viable to play wow, dungeons and even endgame raids time to time on a current MBA. I already have a 2008 iMac where I play really well wow all expansion but I want to have the possibility to play sometimes at work or traveling.
I had bad experiences playing wow WOTLK on a 2006 White MacBook with Intel GMA 950, had to play at low settings most of the time and it froze time to time. I've evaluated a Retina MBP, but its too much for my needs. Now I'm really glad to read all these excellent reviews on the Intel HD 4000, and since I want to wait for the next Retina display MacBook Airs, because they really are worth it, would you reccomend me WORLD OF WARCRAFT on a current or future Retina 13" air?

plucky duck
Dec 3, 2012, 09:52 PM
The Air is an amazing little machine, like a swiss army knife. As long as you don't have high expectations, you'll be pleasantly surprised at what it can do.

I am still marveling at the design of the Air, it is a beautiful and unique piece of machinery.

As long as the Air doesn't throttle down the CPU it should perform admirably. My Air is in a Sena folio case, which is quite enclosed and doesn't really dissipate heat very well, so if and when I need to game I remove the casing but rarely do I game on it as I have my iMac for that.

Drexo
Dec 4, 2012, 06:11 PM
Guess I'll be waiting for the next retina Airs, hopfully before Christmas to make myself a nice present. Can you suggest me some good app to check on temperature and fan rpm or any other useful info to control heat?

53x12
Dec 4, 2012, 06:32 PM
Can you suggest me some good app to check on temperature and fan rpm or any other useful info to control heat?

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/23049/smcfancontrol

and

http://bjango.com/mac/istatmenus/

SWPROX
Dec 4, 2012, 09:06 PM
Guess I'll be waiting for the next retina Airs, hopfully before Christmas to make myself a nice present. Can you suggest me some good app to check on temperature and fan rpm or any other useful info to control heat?

Next 'Retina Air' :confused:,before christmas :eek: . No new updates till maybe May next year and a Retina Air is very unlikely.

PaulKemp
Dec 5, 2012, 01:46 AM
I don't understand why you bought MBA if you want to play games. the machine is not capable of playing game enough. with lower setting, I'd better kill myself. gaming is satisfied with full rich settings. if you continue to play that kind of games for long, your MBA will have a big problem. I guarantee it. I think that's stupid.

I'm guessing he bought it for its performance, that its portable and has a nice design. The fact that you can game while on the run is a bonus. Its not bought for gaming.

If I can work use my computer normally for 95% of the time, then if I want fire up a game if I have a couple of hours while I'm on the run- it's not stupid to have a MBA.

Drexo
Dec 5, 2012, 08:57 AM
and a Retina Air is very unlikely.

Why would a retina display be unlikely on a MBA, they put it on the 13" MBP, on the iPad and even in the iPhone...It's the last product line left out, together with the iMac which I thought it was already retina equipped, and it's the next predictable mayor update.
I read some reviews on why a Retina, almost the resolution of the 30" apple display, would be a utopia on a 13" display with the hardware graphics, battery life and space, available on a MBA, but you know what? they did it with the MBP 13" and it has the same GPU, it's thicker than the Air cousin for sure, thus having more power resources from the battery but I don't see it that impossible to achieve it even if it takes one more year to engineer it, and even if they have to make the Air thicker than it is now, I don't think it's gonna lose so much portability, and nobody wouldn't mind as long as you can get a clearer image, which on a 13" is mandatory. Then again it's only my opinion, still the current MBA it's a prodigy, given the dimension, even for my needs.

Boomhowler
Dec 5, 2012, 10:06 AM
Could anyone try Borderlands 2 on an Air? It's available on steam for Mac. It works wonderfully on a MP with a GTX 560Ti, but that doesn't say anything about the air-performance :)

Scellow
Jul 9, 2013, 04:54 AM
I got the new 13" macbook air, and since it has integrated graphics, I suspected to be playing Peggle and Chess.

I installed Steam, and got Borderlands, Diablo 3, Left for Dead 2, and Minecraft.

I'm blown away that it's able to run new games, on medium settings with solid framerates, and older games, maxed out, with good framerates.

Its gaming capability far exceeds my 2008 iMac.

Now i'm glad I didnt pick the Pro. I'm not saying the Pro is a bad buy, the retina display is amazing, and I know many people need the DVD drive, wired ethernet, and more HDD space, but the Air does everything I need it to do.

For anyone concerned about the integrated graphics, dont be. Unless you need to run Skyrim on max settings and get 60FPS, this laptop will satisfy 99% of gamers out there.

Heck I might just sell my iMac and have this be my everything computer.

You are A ******** lier !

Your MBA will burn if you trust this dude ...

MBA are not build for playing !!!!!!!

neverhadanewton
Jul 9, 2013, 05:19 AM
You are A ******** lier !

Your MBA will burn if you trust this dude ...

MBA are not build for playing !!!!!!!

Why is he a liar? Sounds perfectly believable to me...last years model could run the games he mentions.

Scellow
Jul 9, 2013, 05:59 AM
Why is he a liar? Sounds perfectly believable to me...last years model could run the games he mentions.

Yeah you could run the games smootlhy but in wich condition ? your MBA will reach 100+C ...

Dude i have a MBA mid-2012 even with minecraft it reach 100C ..

MBA are not build for gaming .. it's ultra thin, i don't know why they put all this stuff in this little case if you can't enjoy correctly some basic things ..


Buy a MBP but not a MBA if you plan to play games

PraisiX-windows
Jul 9, 2013, 07:35 AM
Yeah you could run the games smootlhy but in wich condition ? your MBA will reach 100+C ...

Dude i have a MBA mid-2012 even with minecraft it reach 100C ..

MBA are not build for gaming .. it's ultra thin, i don't know why they put all this stuff in this little case if you can't enjoy correctly some basic things ..


Buy a MBP but not a MBA if you plan to play games

OMFG,*you make me angry - you're so wrong, you can stress test it (which is far more demanding than just playing a 3d game) and it would still be fine - you can have it do that 24/7 - only if it shutdown (which would indicate it hit 100 degrees celsius I believe) would it be too hot, otherwise it would be just fine.

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You are A ******** lier !

Your MBA will burn if you trust this dude ...

MBA are not build for playing !!!!!!!

Find a swamp, go there,*stay there.

mattferg
Jul 9, 2013, 08:08 AM
I got the new 13" macbook air, and since it has integrated graphics, I suspected to be playing Peggle and Chess.

I installed Steam, and got Borderlands, Diablo 3, Left for Dead 2, and Minecraft.

I'm blown away that it's able to run new games, on medium settings with solid framerates, and older games, maxed out, with good framerates.

Its gaming capability far exceeds my 2008 iMac.

Now i'm glad I didnt pick the Pro. I'm not saying the Pro is a bad buy, the retina display is amazing, and I know many people need the DVD drive, wired ethernet, and more HDD space, but the Air does everything I need it to do.

For anyone concerned about the integrated graphics, dont be. Unless you need to run Skyrim on max settings and get 60FPS, this laptop will satisfy 99% of gamers out there.

Heck I might just sell my iMac and have this be my everything computer.

Only the classic MBP comes with the bigger HDD and DVD drive, and that doesn't come with the Retina display, which lacks a DVD drive and has an SSD the same as the air.

Scellow
Jul 9, 2013, 08:30 AM
OMFG,*you make me angry - you're so wrong, you can stress test it (which is far more demanding than just playing a 3d game) and it would still be fine - you can have it do that 24/7 - only if it shutdown (which would indicate it hit 100 degrees celsius I believe) would it be too hot, otherwise it would be just fine.

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Find a swamp, go there,*stay there.


LOOL i'm wrong ? i reached 105+C and the mba didn't shutdown or anything ....

I continue to say it's dangerous and it's NOT normal ...

Looks like you don't realise what's 105C mean ..water boils at 100 ..

jadam
Jul 9, 2013, 08:49 AM
LOOL i'm wrong ? i reached 105+C and the mba didn't shutdown or anything ....

I continue to say it's dangerous and it's NOT normal ...

Looks like you don't realise what's 105C mean ..water boils at 100 ..

You're the one who doesn't realize what 105C means... Please tell me, WHY is 105C anymore dangerous than 100C or 95C or 80C? So what if water boils at 100C, is your CPU made of water?

Do you know why 100C is bad for the CPU? Chances are you probably have no clue what you're talking about.

I don't believe you hit 105C anyways, the CPU has a Tjunction of 100C and will significantly throttle itself once it goes over 100C. Edit: You have a 2012 MBA, the i5 in that CPU has a Tjunction of 105C. http://ark.intel.com/products/65707 The i5 in the 2013 MBA has a Tjunction of 100C.

Scellow
Jul 9, 2013, 10:47 AM
You're the one who doesn't realize what 105C means... Please tell me, WHY is 105C anymore dangerous than 100C or 95C or 80C? So what if water boils at 100C, is your CPU made of water?

Do you know why 100C is bad for the CPU? Chances are you probably have no clue what you're talking about.

I don't believe you hit 105C anyways, the CPU has a Tjunction of 100C and will significantly throttle itself once it goes over 100C. Edit: You have a 2012 MBA, the i5 in that CPU has a Tjunction of 105C. http://ark.intel.com/products/65707 The i5 in the 2013 MBA has a Tjunction of 100C.

Well, i took some screenshot :

http://i.imgur.com/1oUXToG.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/WKQKq1G.jpg

jadam
Jul 9, 2013, 11:17 AM
Well, i took some screenshot :


Like I said in my edit, the i5 in your 2012 MBA has a Tjunction of 105C, within specs. The 2013s are 100C.

antjefferson
Jul 9, 2013, 07:07 PM
I got the new 13" macbook air, and since it has integrated graphics, I suspected to be playing Peggle and Chess.

I installed Steam, and got Borderlands, Diablo 3, Left for Dead 2, and Minecraft.

I'm blown away that it's able to run new games, on medium settings with solid framerates, and older games, maxed out, with good framerates.

Its gaming capability far exceeds my 2008 iMac.

Now i'm glad I didnt pick the Pro. I'm not saying the Pro is a bad buy, the retina display is amazing, and I know many people need the DVD drive, wired ethernet, and more HDD space, but the Air does everything I need it to do.

For anyone concerned about the integrated graphics, dont be. Unless you need to run Skyrim on max settings and get 60FPS, this laptop will satisfy 99% of gamers out there.

Heck I might just sell my iMac and have this be my everything computer.

Just curious...did you go with the i5 or the i7?

jinglejoe303
Oct 27, 2013, 07:11 AM
I got the new 13" macbook air, and since it has integrated graphics, I suspected to be playing Peggle and Chess.

I installed Steam, and got Borderlands, Diablo 3, Left for Dead 2, and Minecraft.

I'm blown away that it's able to run new games, on medium settings with solid framerates, and older games, maxed out, with good framerates.

Its gaming capability far exceeds my 2008 iMac.

Now i'm glad I didnt pick the Pro. I'm not saying the Pro is a bad buy, the retina display is amazing, and I know many people need the DVD drive, wired ethernet, and more HDD space, but the Air does everything I need it to do.

For anyone concerned about the integrated graphics, dont be. Unless you need to run Skyrim on max settings and get 60FPS, this laptop will satisfy 99% of gamers out there.

Heck I might just sell my iMac and have this be my everything computer.

How did you install more than one game in the computer? I can't install a lot of games in my computer because it just says that the startup disk is full. My computer slows and I have to delete the game. Did you do anything special?

bubulol
Oct 27, 2013, 07:43 AM
how many fps can you get on Left 4 Dead 2?

Aegelward
Oct 27, 2013, 04:30 PM
Well, i took some screenshot :

Image (http://i.imgur.com/1oUXToG.jpg)
Image (http://i.imgur.com/WKQKq1G.jpg)

Minecraft really punishes computers, macbooks espessily, i had hoped it won't be so severe in Mavricks

On my Old Pro i used to pre-cool by setting my fan to high before playing.

Actually there was some quirk, where the cooling system didn't trigger when playing minecraft, despite doing so for other titles, so it tended spike to over 100c before the fan would even kick in.

DisplacedMic
Oct 27, 2013, 07:26 PM
Did anybody try the following games:

- Guild Wars 2 (beta or beta weekends)
- WoW Mists of Pandaria (beta)
- Skyrim
- Shogun 2
- Starcraft 2

@native res or bare minimum hd resolution (minimum 720p vertical)? I have an external 21'' 1366x768 to use with.

I only play/will play these games (or old ones like TF2 or CS:S), not really a gamer just about 1h/day on average.

I'm torn between rMBP and maxed out Air 13''. Budget is not a problem (luckily), but portability is. The lighter/smaller, the better. I will use the laptop mainly for other non graphical tasks, I'm not buying it for those games, I just wondered if I could play them. But at the same time, if I can't play those games fluently, rMBP will do in weight/dimensions.

What's your experience?

starcraft 2 works great on my 11"
i have even gotten perfectly proficient using the trackpad :-)

the fans will run and the bottom will get too warm to have it on bare skin, but otherwise you'll do fine at default settings.

coldjeanzzz
Jan 28, 2014, 02:04 AM
I just installed Batman Arkham Asylum. The game looks amazing, and its running smoothly. Gaming performance is a non issue with the new airs.

I got Batman Arkham City today and just played it for about an hour, very smooth. I put the settings on medium, but it probably could have handled high. My fans were going full speed for the entire time though, I guess it's normal but man I can't help but feel like I'm hurting my poor little MBA when I do that to it lol.

eezacque
Jan 28, 2014, 12:52 PM
OMFG,*you make me angry - you're so wrong, you can stress test it (which is far more demanding than just playing a 3d game) and it would still be fine - you can have it do that 24/7 - only if it shutdown (which would indicate it hit 100 degrees celsius I believe) would it be too hot, otherwise it would be just fine.

A complete stress test includes high temperatures on a regular basis, over a period of several years. Only if your MBA doesn't die, or if Apple replaces your logic board free of charge and hassle, am I convinced that an MBA can take the heat...

I have seen too many complaints about Apple laptops that fail beyond repair because the current compact design doesn't allow these to be repaired without swapping the complete logic board. I cannot prove it, but I'm afraid heat plays a role here.