Need help with 11" Gaming Resolutions

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by gman901, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    I know some folks will say get a Windows machine for gaming, but I only keep one laptop which is my 11" Air because it is awesome for everything I do. Now that I got that out of the way, my question is what are some optimum resolutions for games like Metro 2033 and Crysis 2 that give you the best fps while maintaining the best sharpness and clarity while playing? When I use the default 800 x 600 or 1024 x 768 resolutions built into these games, I always get black bars on the sides. I usually get 20-30 fps with these resolutions and games; however I would prefer to play with a full screen.
     
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    What are the resolution options in those games? 11" MBA's screen is 16:9 while the resolutions you listed are 4:3, thus the black bars.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Those 2 mentioned were the lower default resolutions and I believe the others were 1280 x 720, 1280 x 768, 1368 x 768. I like the 1280 x 720 but most recent games only get maybe 8 - 15 fps at that resolution.
     
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    Then you are out of luck :( 1280x720 is 16:9 but it is understandable that the MBA can't run the newest games at that resolution. Have you turned all other settings to as little as possible?
     
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    Thanks! Yes, I have lowered them and get about 15 fps on both games. I guess I can live with that considering the resolution is a step above playing these games through something like Onlive which is kind of janky on wifi and muddy graphics.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    What OS are you running?, because I'm pretty sure the MBA can run crysis 2 better than that. Also you could try setting the OS resolution to 800, 450 as theres a guy on youtube getting 25-50 fps with 800,500 on 13inch. Just search crysis 2 MBA.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Windows 7 Home. I tried that resolution and got about 35 fps. I think I prefer the visuals at a slighty higher resolution and decent fps. Crysis 2 is easier to experiment with different resolutions than Metro 2033 ($10 on Steam!). Metro seems a little more challenging to find the right balance. I am not complaining at all considering I know my Air is not something for hardcore gaming, but I am always amazed how well it performs considering it's size and thiness.
     

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