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Vidd
May 16, 2007, 04:20 AM
I've played The Sims 2 on a PC with all the settings on high but how does the Macbook cope?
I'm not terrribly worried about gaming but the integrated graphics boost is the one thing in the new Santa Rosa specs that would interest me enough to wait even longer.

Also, did they ever fix the fuzzy iTunes scrollbar?

EDIT: Did the premium for the black Macbook go up?
The difference is £70 now, or am I missing something?



MissMac
May 16, 2007, 08:22 AM
I also love The Sims 2 and I would like to know how well it would run on a Mac. I have a pretty good Fitijusu Siemens Amilo laptop. Does anyone run the Sims 2 on a :apple: Macbook:apple: ??? How does it run?! :p

66217
May 16, 2007, 08:38 AM
It runs OK. Just OK.

Just don't try to get a lot of sims together in a massive woo-hoo because then it well get slow.:p

MissMac
May 16, 2007, 08:46 AM
Just don't try to get a lot of sims together in a massive woo-hoo

Who would do that?!?! ;)

So does it not run fantastic? What are your specs? Are you running it with any expansion packs?

66217
May 16, 2007, 12:30 PM
Who would do that?!?! ;)

So does it not run fantastic? What are your specs? Are you running it with any expansion packs?

It is not fantastic, but it is acceptable. You won't be able to have the graphics at top performance, but nothing to really be afraid of. I haven't tried any expansion pack so far, but I guess it would be the same.

I have a Core Duo Black MB, with 1.25 GB of RAM.

And I played it trough boot-camp. I've read that games play better in XP than OS X.

Eidorian
May 16, 2007, 12:33 PM
http://www.aspyr.com/software/news/59/131

Improves performance by adding multithreaded Open GL support.

You'll need the Pets expansion though. Just do have a lot of stuff on screen and keep your settings and resolution low.

Vidd
May 17, 2007, 09:49 AM
Keep the resolution low?
Can it not run at the Macbook's native resolution?

Would it be silly to wait for the X3100? :/
Although gaming is a very large concern, it's a bit sad that you have to keep settings so low on such a game.

Eidorian
May 17, 2007, 10:53 AM
Keep the resolution low?
Can it not run at the Macbook's native resolution?

Would it be silly to wait for the X3100? :/
Although gaming is a very large concern, it's a bit sad that you have to keep settings so low on such a game.I can run Sims 2 at the MacBook's full resolution with everything high on my iMac's ATi X1600. (Then again it's an iMac.) It might be a good idea to wait for an update on the MacBook.

I'll try to get Sims 2: Pets but I'm strapped for cash. I want to see how much better the multi-threaded OpenGL is.

Vidd
May 17, 2007, 02:58 PM
I've tried the X1800 with a 1.83Ghz Core Duo and it can run full blast but obviously, it's not worth the comparison because even the X3100 can't touch the X1600. :/
Funny thing is, Apple just posted a report on their game page about the new Macbooks (http://www.apple.com/games/hardware/index.html#go).

I'm really going to have to decide whether portability is worth sacrificing for a capable graphics card or not.

Eidorian
May 17, 2007, 03:01 PM
I've tried the X1800 with a 1.83Ghz Core Duo and it can run full blast but obviously, it's not worth the comparison because even the X3100 can't touch the X1600. :/
Funny thing is, Apple just posted a report on their game page about the new Macbooks (http://www.apple.com/games/hardware/index.html#go).

I'm really going to have to decide whether portability is worth sacrificing for a capable graphics card or not.Sims Life Stories is designed for play on laptops and integrated graphics.

Vidd
May 17, 2007, 06:37 PM
Sims Life Stories is designed for play on laptops and integrated graphics.

Ha, I was just talking to someone about that a couple of days ago who was interested in it even though they had The Sims 2 which ran without a hitch on their machine.
I described it along the lines of "The Sims 2 for weak computers". :(

Thanks for all your input in this. I'll know hopefully what I'll be getting in just under a month

I tried convincing myself that the GMA is better than I initially thought but although it sounds great for 2D work, I've waited this long and would like something more solid in case the fancy takes me.
I've seen games like Half-Life 2 and Warhammer look stunning on the iMac.