Gaming on 2011 Airs verse 2010 Airs - Good, Bad, Ugly, or it Depends?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by acastic, Jul 23, 2011.

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    Do we have a general consensus on whether the new Airs are better, worse, or on par with the old Airs when it comes to gaming? I saw a few threads about Wow and Call of Duty, but what about games like Dragon Age I & II, Two Worlds II, Civ IV & V, Borderlands, etc? I'm most curious about gaming in OS X, but Windows 7 experiences would be appreciated as well. Thanks!
     
  2. Oppressed, Jul 23, 2011
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    I was very optimistic until I bought my 2011 and sat it down next to my 2010 and ran games side by side. Long story short I may return this 2011.

    IMO we need less theoretical benchmarks and more real world results.
     
  3. macrumors newbie

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    i have the MacBookAir3,1 (11")

    when i saw this MacBookAir4,1 (11") with it's i5 versus my core 2.. i nearly cried cause i havent even owned the 3,1 for a year... you mean you find 2011 pointless to upgrade? isnt it 2.5 times faster?
     
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    My results.
     
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    Wow... that's a big difference, especially on the first set of screenshots. I have a 2010 11 inch ultimate and can easily play Dragon Age II, Borderlands, etc without an issue. I play single player only and don't mind graphics on low or medium.

    I'm thinking about getting the 2011 11 inch, but I don't want to compromise my ability to play games. I like the updated CPUs, backlit keyboard, and Thunderbolt additions, which is why I'm considering the upgrade.
     
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    Some games are reported to run better on the 2011's. WoW is not one of them, at least by Oppressed's tests.
     
  7. macrumors member

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    The only way to find out is easy....you people start sharing your fps values.

    I posted these results for 13"ultimate when i was having issues with the updates:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=12369653&highlight=#post12369653

    with all settings on medium/high and native res. (just followed the recommended) i got around 25fps for Killing Floor and 40 for CSS (Steam gaming). Also on SL 10.6.7

    @oppressed

    Are you using Lion on the 2010 13"? Do you notice any difference in gaming?
     
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    I was using Lion on both computers. They were a clone of one another. Not too much difference one way or another in terms of the effect of Lion on games.
     
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    Lion is an update(10.7)...it could show different fps values....i had better values on KF with 10.6.6 that with 10.6.7.
     
  10. macrumors newbie

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    Wow, your server is dead. No SW chat at all in a minute?
     
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    Ha, actually it was my feeble attempt to hide my GMotD by scrolling down, but I forgot to do so in other shots.
     

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