MBP C2D gaming expectations

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  1. theiinlive macrumors newbie

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    Hey, I'm new here!

    haha, with that out of the way. I'm on a 1.25Ghz PB, 2 GB RAM, 64MB VRAM right now. I'm planning on getting an mid-line MBP 2.33Ghz with all the other specs that come with it.

    I'm just wondering, what sort of games can I expect to play on my future comp? Will older games run a lot better (ie. Medal of Honor Allied Assault, which ran fine with mid-settings on my Powermac G4)? What's the most graphic intensive game I can expect to run on my future MBP?

    thanks
     
  2. theiinlive thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Also, I know very little about the whole Intel/Universal Binary situation. Has anyone had any problems with any apps because the app has to be run under that Universal program? (i.e. games, AIM, whatever)
     
  3. mleary macrumors regular

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    Older games won't run well at all if they have not been patched to universal binaries. The C2D MBPs should be able to run most games decently to well.
     
  4. mleary macrumors regular

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    PPC-only apps run fine (albeit slowly)... I don't have any experience with trying to run PPC 3d games but they probably do not run very well if at all.
     
  5. theiinlive thread starter macrumors newbie

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    decent to well? I've heard users say they are running WoW at max settings with Core Duo MBP's...
     
  6. mleary macrumors regular

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    Right and WoW would be one of the games that run well.
     
  7. theiinlive thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Right, well what I'm asking is (partially) what games run well on the MBP?

    I'm kind of disappointed to learn that older games won't run as well unless they've been patched. Do you know of any older games that have been patched so far?
     
  8. Konfabulation macrumors regular

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    I have just ordered a 2.33 MBP also, and I am planning to boot windows, this is mainly to use for gaming. The gpu is not the best, but in OS X it is underclocked. This can be fixed in windows using ATITool, and once set to the standard 470/470 it should run the most graphic intesnive new PC games such as BattleField 2142 pretty well.
     
  9. theiinlive thread starter macrumors newbie

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    good news.

    How are you going to boot into windows? Is it easy? Is there any risk involved in making this new boot drive...?
     
  10. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    Boot Camp, which is free from Apple.

    You need to buy a version of Windows though.

    And running Windows seems to be a "run it at your own risk" kind of thing, if something goes screwy on your Windows partition, then Apple isn't going to do anything. I don't think anything is risky about running Windows except for viruses on that side.
     
  11. Hls811 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not really a gamer but will be getting a MBP C2D after I sell my MacBook - but I am curious.. Do they make Mac specific versions of the bigger, well known games or are people using Boot Camp, Parallels or Crossover to run.

    Does one method work better? (Booting straight into Boot Camp vs. running 'through' OS X for parallels or Cross Over.

    Just curious.. I never really thought about it, but when I get my new 'toy', It might be nice to install Madden or MVP Baseball for when I'm traveling.
     
  12. Machead III macrumors 6502

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    If you want to game, get Bootcamp. It's that simple. It's easy to set up, if you're just gaming, Windows won't get a chance to irritate you or cause problems, you'll have an infinite library of games to chose from and they'll all run much faster than they do on Mac OS X, which requires games to be ported from one entirely different graphics architecture to another, significantly decreasing performance (prime example is WoW, where playing in on XP through Bootcamp sees something like an average of 20fps extra).

    The X1600 in my experience has been the best all round gpu I've ever experienced. Clocked low by OS X, which is actually handy for me because I don't need it there and it saves battery power, but able to be clocked really quite high in XP to make all but the very latest games run pretty much butter smooth.

    Check out Half Life 2. The X1600 seems like it was built for that game, as you can get stunning image quality and absolutely butter smooth framerates with a little overclocking.

    This is from my experience with the CD iMac and MBPs, so the C2D MBPs can only be even better.
     

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