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Old Jun 10, 2014, 07:16 PM   #901
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Anybody know if the intel HD 5000 is stronger or weaker than an Nvidia GTX 560 card? Just trying to compare to my old Rig.
The GTX 560M is a better card than the HD 5000 by a pretty wide margin.
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 08:29 PM   #902
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The GTX 560M is a better card than the HD 5000 by a pretty wide margin.
It's not a mobile card, I'm talking the desktop 560 card. Well anyway that sucks. Might not get a mac then, as the only one with graphics card is $2600.

I'm a console/handhelds games collector, so I do a very minimum amount of PC gaming, but I still want to actually play some games...
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 09:00 PM   #903
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Anybody know if the intel HD 5000 is stronger or weaker than an Nvidia GTX 560 card? Just trying to compare to my old Rig.
Not even close. 560. Check out the X51 by Alienate. Its cheap and fast.

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It's not a mobile card, I'm talking the desktop 560 card. Well anyway that sucks. Might not get a mac then, as the only one with graphics card is $2600.

I'm a console/handhelds games collector, so I do a very minimum amount of PC gaming, but I still want to actually play some games...
As a rule of thumb you dont buy Macs for gaming. Only reason I have a MacBokk is that I haven't found something that has the same lightness thinness and screen as the rMBP I have with the iris. I can play Borderlands 2 on all high though. Skyrim smoothly on low.

I'm trying to find a laptop that could be possibly cheaper but have better specs than my MacBook. I fear I won't find it however.
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Old Jun 11, 2014, 07:00 AM   #904
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It's not a mobile card, I'm talking the desktop 560 card. Well anyway that sucks. Might not get a mac then, as the only one with graphics card is $2600.

I'm a console/handhelds games collector, so I do a very minimum amount of PC gaming, but I still want to actually play some games...
I have a Windows machine for PC gaming and an Xbox One/360 for console games. But I don't play anything other than WoW on my MBA; for everything else it does I find it to be the best notebook I've ever owned, and I've been through a few.
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Old Jun 12, 2014, 04:20 PM   #905
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I have a Windows machine for PC gaming and an Xbox One/360 for console games. But I don't play anything other than WoW on my MBA; for everything else it does I find it to be the best notebook I've ever owned, and I've been through a few.
Really loving the thinness off the air and even rMBP. With student discount, a 13 inch air with the better CPU, 8gbs RAM and 512GB SSD can be had for $1650, not bad on price but the gaming capabilities are pathetic. A New 2014 laptop can't even beat out a 3 year old mid-range card?

I also need to either use Parallels desktop or bootcamp Windows to use the engineering programs in college...so switching back and forth seems pointless. Can't listen to my music on mac OS if I'm in windows working on homework etc.


x51 by alienware? lol ok it's a desktop #1 and I build my own. Alienware is pretty cringe worthy.

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Old Jun 12, 2014, 06:16 PM   #906
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Really loving the thinness off the air and even rMBP. With student discount, a 13 inch air with the better CPU, 8gbs RAM and 512GB SSD can be had for $1650, not bad on price but the gaming capabilities are pathetic. A New 2014 laptop can't even beat out a 3 year old mid-range card?

I also need to either use Parallels desktop or bootcamp Windows to use the engineering programs in college...so switching back and forth seems pointless. Can't listen to my music on mac OS if I'm in windows working on homework etc.


x51 by alienware? lol ok it's a desktop #1 and I build my own. Alienware is pretty cringe worthy.
Dude realise the laptop GPUs's especially integrated will never be the same as DESKTOP cards. You have high expectations it seems.
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Old Jun 14, 2014, 02:21 PM   #907
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[...]but the gaming capabilities are pathetic. A New 2014 laptop can't even beat out a 3 year old mid-range card?
What it boils down to is that gaming is not what it was designed for. Frankly, you wouldn't find much more than an HD 4400 or 5000 in just about any ultrabook, be it the MBA or a Windows system, so if you're looking for something for gaming you're barking up the wrong tree. It will play a pretty decent variety of games and some games it will even play well; like I've said, I play WoW on my MBA and on medium settings get on average around 90fps. I would hardly call that pathetic.
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Old Jun 14, 2014, 06:40 PM   #908
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I currently have a base model 2012 MBA (4 GB RAM, 1.8 GHz i5) and have ordered a 2013 i7 w/8 GB RAM). Will it be a significant improvement?
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Old Jun 14, 2014, 06:57 PM   #909
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I currently have a base model 2012 MBA (4 GB RAM, 1.8 GHz i5) and have ordered a 2013 i7 w/8 GB RAM). Will it be a significant improvement?
It will be an improvement yes. Not significant though.

If you want a serious improvement go for the 8GB ram 256GB ssd RMBP but I understand financial constraints.
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Old Jun 17, 2014, 11:55 AM   #910
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Wanted to try to run the Watch Dogs. Wineskin 2.6.0 WS9Wine1.7.20.
Error:
err: process:create_process L"C:\\Program Files\\Watch Dogs\\bin\\watch_dogs.exe" not supported on this installation (x86_64 binary)
wine: Bad EXE format for C:\Program Files\Watch Dogs\bin\watch_dogs.exe.

What's the problem?
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Old Jun 17, 2014, 12:08 PM   #911
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What's the problem?
This is your problem:

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Wineskin
You're trying to run a graphically intensive game that can strain gaming desktop hardware on a far less powerful machine via emulation. Even if the game were to run at all, you would be experiencing a slideshow at best.
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Old Jun 21, 2014, 11:07 PM   #912
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Has anyone been able to play The Witcher: Enhanced Edition? I've tried it natively and in bootcamp but both have been giving me a "Does not meet minimum requirements" error.
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Old Jun 22, 2014, 03:01 PM   #913
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How does Borderlands 2 play on OS X from Steam?

Is it playable on low settings/30 fps?
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Old Jun 22, 2014, 06:09 PM   #914
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How does Borderlands 2 play on OS X from Steam?

Is it playable on low settings/30 fps?
Not sure what FPS i'm getting, but i've been playing with medium settings, ambient occlusion and such on and it's been pretty smooth so far. Not sure what my FPS are.

Gets a bit warm though.
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Old Jun 22, 2014, 08:58 PM   #915
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Can double check with ppl here, what's the temperature range that I should allow my 2013 mba to go?
Always feel so worried when I hear the fan, especially when playing games. And the keyboard feel so warm.


Does pointing a fan at the MBA with a cooler at the bottom helps?

And does charging while gaming increase the temperature even more?
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 03:47 PM   #916
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I've completed Arkham City from start to finish on my Macbook Air, and I've constantly used Dolphin and PCSX R with no problems.

I boot to Windows for PCSX 2, and Tekken 4 and 5 run great. As well as Onimusha and Timesplitters 2.

So no. To berate anyone that uses an Apple machine to play a game on, is ridiculous.

Also, the two posts I did on my site with screenshots on the games i've played, get more hits than any other, and they all either come from this forum in this thread, or a google search.

Think about what you type, otherwise you're going to look a fool.
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Old Jun 29, 2014, 09:18 PM   #917
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Anyone try the Planetary Annihilation Early Access beta on an Air with HD5000? Specs are listed as:

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Mac System Requirements
Minimum:
OS:OS/X 10.7, 10.8 or 10.9 (64-bit)
Processor:64-bit Dual Core better
Memory:4 GB RAM
Graphics:Shader 3.0 / Open GL 3.2+
Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
Additional:These specs are still being determined.
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We urge all OS/X users to use the free upgrade to 10.9 to guarantee maximum compatibility and performance.

I doubt it would do well, but it's on sale today so I was curious.
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