Windows 7 Gaming Findings - 2011 MBA 11" Ultimate

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Maven1975, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. Maven1975
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    Disclaimer: I KNOW THIS IS NOT A GAMING LAPTOP!

    I was really excited to check out what this new 11" could do in W7 with gaming. I have to regretfully inform you that this new revision is worse than the previous version with games under W7.

    The 2010 MBA ultimate would allow me to play Modern Warfare 2 at decent setting fluently. The 2011 is producing half the frame rates the 2010 delivered.

    I have W7 set to performance, and the Intel Graphics set to High Performance. It is a real shame that the drivers for W7 suck this bad currently.

    Sorry for the bad news.
     
  2. Oli3000
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  3. gman901
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    I appreciate you letting folks know. I was thinking about the upgrade, particularly for the 256 gb option and faster CPU; however I won't take a hit on the gpu. I know the MBA is not a "gaming" machine, but my 2010 11" model suits me well as an incredibly balanced machine for decent gaming on the go as well as using it for work.
     
  4. rabid snake
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    You install the latest Intel HD3000 drivers for Windows? Or did you use the Bootcamp drivers?

    I can run that game just fine under bootcamp, better than my brother's MBP 13" 2010 MBP which has a 320M in it.

    Drivers mean everything in Windows, so make sure you're using the latest ones.
     
  5. Maven1975
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    I have 8.15.10.2430 6/11/2011. Intels site does not show a newer version.
     
  6. rabid snake
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    Must be a driver issue with Direct X or something? I'm running it just fine? Check if your i7 is turboboosting and stepping correctly.
     

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