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Old Jun 23, 2011, 07:06 PM   #1
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10.6.8: Gaming performance back to normal!

Seems like it to me, more or less before. I just tested Left 4 Dead 1 on both my 27" i5 iMac and 11.6" MBA and plays much better than it did before. 10.6.7 was unbearably laggy and had erratic framerates for me. Everything seems smooth again in 10.6.8.

Anyone under 10.6.8 on a new MBA, playing more modern games, please chime in your experiences!
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Old Jun 23, 2011, 09:15 PM   #2
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I don't game, so I can't say for sure. When you installed 10.6.7, did you try any of the alternative methods that supposedly "fixed" the graphics issue? For instance, I think people had problems when they simply updated using Software Update, or when they installed using the Combo update. I think the best results with 10.6.7 were when people downloaded the version update from Apple's site and installed it manually.
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Old Jun 23, 2011, 09:32 PM   #3
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I don't game, so I can't say for sure. When you installed 10.6.7, did you try any of the alternative methods that supposedly "fixed" the graphics issue? For instance, I think people had problems when they simply updated using Software Update, or when they installed using the Combo update. I think the best results with 10.6.7 were when people downloaded the version update from Apple's site and installed it manually.
Yea, I never tried those fixes. In fact, I didn't know they had fixes (I didn't read the other thread extensively since I don't gaming specifically on the Air). I just gave up on OSX for gaming for the time being and just went bootcamp.

Well, at least I can confirm that 10.6.8, resolved my graphics issue on two Mac machines at home.
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Old Jun 23, 2011, 09:33 PM   #4
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I upgraded to 10.6.7 using the "correct" method and after upgrading to 10.6.8 I too have seen improvement in games. Good stuff!
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Old Jun 24, 2011, 05:34 AM   #5
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I concur! My frame rates in Starcraft 2 are noticeably better than in 10.6.7!
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Old Jun 24, 2011, 06:06 AM   #6
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Anyone mind sharing their sc2 settings?
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Old Jun 24, 2011, 02:23 PM   #7
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Anyone mind sharing their sc2 settings?
I concur. I'm really curious to see what people are getting FPS wise for SC2. I'm hoping for maybe 40 average FPS on Low shaders. Is this too optimistic?
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Old Jun 24, 2011, 03:06 PM   #8
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Sc2 runs fine. playing in campaign and 1v1.
Of course, it was fine on 10.6.7 also.
I see no difference so far.
Setting at customs (mid/low) I play low when 1v1s and 2v2s.
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Old Jun 25, 2011, 09:57 PM   #9
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Good to hear. I had to incrementally update from 10.6.5->10.6.6->10.6.7 to retain graphics performance. Luckily downgrading with the software key from the MBA box isn't destructive.
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Old Jun 26, 2011, 03:26 AM   #10
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same thing occurred to me. Bought the MBA 13" (2.13, 4gb) in May, straight away updated it to OS X 10.6.7

Got SC2 and it was terrible... fps was 4-7.

Came in here to look for an answer, and found it.

So i inserted the reset key, and updated the OS one version at a time. Everytime i did so, I tried SC2, and its fine.

I am now pdated to OS X 10.6.8, and SC2 is ok.

my FPS is now hovering at 29 - is this norm?
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Old Jun 27, 2011, 05:34 PM   #11
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Civ 4?

Anyone try Civilization 4 with 10.6.8? It was horribly laggy before, although the graphics card in my Mac Mini mid 2010 wasn't officially supported.
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Old Jun 27, 2011, 10:50 PM   #12
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These are my graphics settings for SC2


My general fps is in between 35-40. The absolute lowest I have seen it is 29.
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Old Jun 27, 2011, 11:42 PM   #13
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This topic has been beat to death since the day 10.6.8 was available. Search the forum before RE-RE-RE-POSTING.

Yes, 10.6.8 fixed graphic issues and brought trim support for apple certified SSDs.

Nothing to see here move on.....
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These are my graphics settings for SC2


My general fps is in between 35-40. The absolute lowest I have seen it is 29.
do you have an 11 or 13" Also are those FPS online or single player?
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do you have an 11 or 13" Also are those FPS online or single player?
Generally, I'm a single player kinda guy. But when I do feel like multiplayer, I can usually use the same settings. But it runs better if I change textures from high to medium. Also, I'm using a 2011 13" MBP
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Generally, I'm a single player kinda guy. But when I do feel like multiplayer, I can usually use the same settings. But it runs better if I change textures from high to medium. Also, I'm using a 2011 13" MBP
I just made an error ladies and gentlemen...I just realized this is an MBA thread. My graphics options are with a 13" pro. Sorry for any confusion guys
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