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Applepie047704
Mar 10, 2013, 05:29 AM
Hi people, I'd really like to know if minecraft will run on MacBook air 2008. I'm fine with normal render distance and fast graphics. I am thinking of buying to only play minecraft and surf the web.
Plz reply
Thanks :)



ShrubbySoup
Mar 10, 2013, 01:24 PM
I've heard of it running at 30 FPS on the 2012 model at med graphics, so i would say no.

Applepie047704
Mar 10, 2013, 03:04 PM
The 2012 runs on intel GMA while the 2008 has a graphics card, would this make a difference?
(nvidia 9400 GT)

Stetrain
Mar 10, 2013, 03:23 PM
The 2012 runs on intel GMA while the 2008 has a graphics card, would this make a difference?
(nvidia 9400 GT)

Pretty sure that the modern Intel graphics are a lot better than the Nvidia 9400m.

I have a 2008 aluminum Macbook with the 9400m and it will play minecraft pretty decently with a couple of the settings turned down, but it does run pretty hot and the older Airs weren't so good with cooling as I recall.

Applepie047704
Mar 10, 2013, 04:04 PM
Thanks for the help, I'm now thinking of going for the white MacBook 2010. :)

Applepie047704
Mar 10, 2013, 08:51 PM
One more question: will minecraft run short render on the air 2008?

ZZ Bottom
Mar 10, 2013, 09:50 PM
The 2010 2.4ghz White Macbook with 320m GPU is a much better choice if you're not dead set on lowest weight. It can easily be upgraded to 8GB ram and any 2.5" SSD. Still a good runner.

Only comment I can share about Minecraft is that my bosses' son plays all the time on his Mac Mini with 9400m GPU. Don't know the settings, but he seems pleased with it. The 2010 White Macbook should handle it better as well.

Applepie047704
Mar 10, 2013, 10:34 PM
Thanks, I'll go for the 2010 white :)

Applepie047704
Mar 11, 2013, 03:06 AM
Anyone had an experience of gamig on 2008 MacBook air?

thei0009
Mar 16, 2013, 10:30 PM
i needed the exact same answer but i believe the air is ok but when it comes to 3d games it will overheat and maybe lag.

Nintenzo
Mar 18, 2013, 07:40 AM
Thanks for the help, I'm now thinking of going for the white MacBook 2010. :)
I've always wondered, is the 320m in the 2010 better than the HD 4000 in the 2012?

Lil Chillbil
Mar 18, 2013, 11:06 AM
The 2008 air will run modern warefare trust me i've tried, but at that point it will be frying flapjacks on its aluminum casing. As for minecraft with fast graphics turned on you will be fine one of my biggest rules in my book is don't let the games company tell you the minimum specs for a game my friend has run minecraft on a powermac 9600

thei0009
Mar 18, 2013, 04:42 PM
The 2008 air will run modern warefare trust me i've tried, but at that point it will be frying flapjacks on its aluminum casing. As for minecraft with fast graphics turned on you will be fine one of my biggest rules in my book is don't let the games company tell you the minimum specs for a game my friend has run minecraft on a powermac 9600

My question is would the 2008 air run 720p videos and will it run a game like the old cod well?

Lil Chillbil
Mar 18, 2013, 05:15 PM
My question is would the 2008 air run 720p videos and will it run a game like the old cod well?

If you have a decent isp it will run it in 1080p and it will run the old cod on max settings

thei0009
Mar 18, 2013, 05:34 PM
If you have a decent isp it will run it in 1080p and it will run the old cod on max settings

Yes! thanks im tired of this powerbooks low settings it cant do anything the max p on youtube or any video usually is always 360p max.
:)

Ill be getting the macbook air 2008 in a few more days since their is one i see on craigslist or do you think i should get the aluminum macbook 2008.

Lil Chillbil
Mar 18, 2013, 05:37 PM
Yes! thanks im tired of this powerbooks low settings it cant do anything the max p on youtube or any video usually is always 360p max.
:)

Ill be getting the macbook air 2008 in a few more days since their is one i see on craigslist or do you think i should get the aluminum macbook 2008.

Get the Blackbook. the airs look new but for general purpose stuff you will be ages happier with something like a Blackbook

thei0009
Mar 18, 2013, 06:15 PM
Get the Blackbook. the airs look new but for general purpose stuff you will be ages happier with something like a Blackbook

ok thanks

Stetrain
Mar 18, 2013, 07:01 PM
Yes! thanks im tired of this powerbooks low settings it cant do anything the max p on youtube or any video usually is always 360p max.
:)

Ill be getting the macbook air 2008 in a few more days since their is one i see on craigslist or do you think i should get the aluminum macbook 2008.

I would go with the 2008 Macbook aluminum over the Air.

You can upgrade the hard drive to an SSD and upgrade the RAM to 4GB or 8GB either when you get it or sometime in the future.

Upgrading the hard drive in the 2008 Air is a pain because it's an odd drive size and connection. The RAM is not upgradable at all and will forever be stuck at 2GB.

The 2008 Macbook also has a faster processor.

Being able to upgrade doesn't matter so much I think when buying a new model, but when you're already starting with a 5 year old model it will really help you to make it last.