OS X what upgrades do i need for macbook pro?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by pahpahpah, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2012
    What are the major upgrades I need to make for the Macbook pro 13" (from around 2009) to play the majority of modern games available such as Forge, Assassin's Creed 2, Borderlands 2 and so on smoothly?
  2. macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2012
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2012
    Northamptonshire, England
    It depends which MBP you are looking at? The 13" can't really game, well not unless you like playing games on low resolutions with hardly any settings on.

    15" with the 512mb card will get you better performance, but you'll want at least a 1gb card in your machine to get medium - high settings on any new games.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Mar 26, 2004
    The MacBookPro 13" 2009 has a NV 9400 integrated graphics card. You can get 8GB of RAM for your laptop which will improve things but overall your machine is under the minimum specification for all 3 games you mention. Your graphics card is not a dedicated card (it shares RAM with your OS) it also is underpowered for modern gaming, those two things combined mean running modern games like the ones you listed will not be possible.

    The 13" MacBookPro always ships with a shared RAM solution that is not great for gaming, if you want a laptop that can run modern games you should look at the 15" model as it comes with a dedicated card.

    I checked the specs to be sure and all 3 games are definitely not supported on your MacBookPro and you will not be able to upgrade your MacBookPro to fix this as the graphics card is built into the machine and not upgradeable.

    Borderlands 2 - http://store.steampowered.com/app/49520/
    Assassins Creed 2 http://store.steampowered.com/app/33230/
    Forge - - http://store.steampowered.com/app/223390/
  5. macrumors 65816


    a vi dock would be nice. it is an external video card.
  6. macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2009
    I think only the 17" come with expresscard slots.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Phaselocking Psychos somewhere on Pandora
    Okay, I'll say it.

    Why spend hundreds of dollars upgrading your Mac to still be underpowered for these games? Why spend thousands of dollars getting a new Mac capable of running these games properly?

    Spend about $300 for an Xbox, plop your ass in your recliner, put your feet up, and game on your 4 foot wide television using your wireless controller. Those games are guaranteed to have satisfactory framerates, and you'll save bundles.

    Just sayin' . . .

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