12" Macbook gaming performance

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  1. Nuak macrumors member

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    I'm quite curious about how games perform on the new retina Macbook. Could someone who owns one share some impressions on how it runs games like Starcraft 2?
     
  2. sonicrobby macrumors 68020

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    I expect horrendously, but I myself am curious about it
     
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  4. Nuak thread starter macrumors member

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    My 11" Macbook Air ran Starcraft 2 pretty nicely, I expect a similar thing on the 12". There are a couple of videos in YouTube that look promising: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp9HZwbecdEwXkvIe64iUnw
     
  5. Dayv macrumors 6502

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    As long as it can handle Portal and Portal 2, I'm set until they announce Portal 3.

    I have very narrow tastes in 3d gaming.
     
  6. newellj macrumors 601

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    I haven't tried it with my rMB, but based on some tests with Unigine's Heaven benchmark, performance is going to vary a lot depending on how you set the retina resolution. At highest resolution, I think my late 2013 rMBP was getting only 5 fps.
     
  7. Mindinversion macrumors 6502

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    You have to realize that the airs have a much stronger processor [I wanna say 15w] compared to the 5w passively cooled Core M.

    I'm not going to waste forever downloading starcraft, but MINECRAFT gets something between 32-41 FPS and runs pretty smooth [there's a little chug from my texture pack from time to time, but very slight. . much better than the SP3.

    Of course, I found the workaround to not installing Java 6 legacy...
     
  8. vigilant macrumors 6502

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    If you're talking hardcore gaming I'd recommend looking elsewhere.
     
  9. lch6257 macrumors member

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    Why game on a macbook? $1300 plus with taxes (discounted of course) for base model, try a $399 PS4.
     
  10. Hieveryone macrumors 68020

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    It's not going to perform well. It doesn't even have a fan. But it's not meant for gaming so no surprises.

    Get an Xbox One or a Razer Blade.
     
  11. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone tried playing unreal tournament 2004 on it?
     
  12. 3bs macrumors 603

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    Because not everyone likes to game on consoles and not all games are available on consoles.
     
  13. sonicrobby macrumors 68020

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    Eww consoles D: PC > console anyday for me
     
  14. The Phazer macrumors 68030

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    Because if people are buying a portable machine it makes sense they might want to do a bit of light gaming while travelling, probably the main use case for the device?
     
  15. saifrc macrumors member

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    Has anyone tried Hearthstone, The Sims 4, or League of Legends on the new MacBook?
     
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    Did anyone give Civilization 4 a run? I am curious as to how it will stand up late game on that machine.
     
  18. Psyfuzz macrumors 6502

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    Though your post is old, I'd like to add even as a huge Mac fan a console is a superior gaming platform than any Macintosh purely on developer support alone. If the debate's purely between a Mac or a console I'd go console every time.

    Don't understand the 'eww consoles' comment either, some of the most enjoyable and definitive gaming experiences ever were on consoles (Mario 64, Mario Bros, Goldeneye, MGS1, Silent Hill 2 etc). The anti-console sentiment is silly and veiled-fanboyism.
     
  19. sonicrobby macrumors 68020

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    I find enjoyment on a non-console platform more enjoyable due to the input. Therefore to me, consoles are inferior. And also I said "PC", not specifically macs. I will agree that development for mac gaming lacks support, but if the argument was windows, it would be another story. Also desktop towers have upgradable components whereas the console gets dated and is just tossed in the corner somewhere when the new one is purchased. I just find consoles impractical. It is my opinion, and you are entitled to your preference as well.

    Great games definitely were on consoles back in the day, when computers were more dedicated devices for productivity. No arguments that the classics cannot be surpassed in enjoyment level. But today, there is no real reason to have a dedicated device solely for gaming when a computer can handle it just as well, or even better. Again, you are entitled to your opinion, you don't need to necropost to criticize me on mine.
     
  20. Queen6, Oct 2, 2015
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    System Shock 2 on my 1.2 rMB runs beautifully, although System Shock 2 harks from circa 1999, the version I play has numerous upgrades/mods that vastly improves the graphics over the original release, while retaining the deep and at times terrifying gameplay. My own 1.2 MacBook runs it perfectly; frame rates are solid, temperatures are reasonable (1440x900) and the audio is awesome for such a small system.

    After some experimentation with mods & config files System Shock 2 not only runs well, it looks fantastic for a game that is now 16 years old, thanks to a very healthy and committed fan community. I also used Intel`s Power Gadget 3 to help setup up the game on the MacBook by monitoring/logging the CPU/GPU behaviour to prevent the SOC from thermal throttling and killing the game experience.

    If you are into Sci-Fii, horror, survival, FPS, RPG System Shock 2 has it all all and much more. Obviously the graphics are dated in comparison to the latest title`s, equally for gameplay, storyline and amazing soundscape all make System Shock 2 a truly relevant game that is both challenging, absorbing and highly unforgiving. System Shock 2 runs in a compatibility layer (Wineskin) on OS X and is available from GOG, for those with rMBP`s, be prepared for silent fans & nightmares :)

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    Screen Cap`s off 2015 1.2 rMB @ 1440x900

    Up next is Stasis another Sci-Fi horror, although very much different to the typical immersive 3D game. One game I would like to play on the rMB is Outlast, watch Session 9, then play Outlast, you can forget sleeping :eek:

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  21. superserious2.0 macrumors newbie

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    Why not try Supreme Commander 1 or 2 with 8 players 250 unit limit, then 500 unit limit, then 1000 unit limit. I would not be surprise if the rMB shuts down :)
     
  22. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Amnesia: The Dark Decent, Doom 3 & Stasis all run well, equally you need to be selective with the video options. I look to set up the games so the CPU generally stays below 80C. I normally elevate the rear of the rMB and I also have a small powered cooler that directs the airflow to the mid rear of the baseplate.

    Have also just got System Shock - Enhanced Edition (Windows) working under Wine, however have yet to try it on the rMB.

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  23. Xeyad macrumors 6502

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    I know it's not a demanding game at all, but I love playing Poker Night 2 on Steam with my Macbook!

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  24. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Would really like to try and get Outlast on the rMB, I think the game would run, however you would have to cut it to the bare bones to get any decent frame rates...

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  25. mackie8 macrumors 6502

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    im interested to know... hows the temperature when gaming? when i play ragnarok on wine (Air 11 2015) it runs 52C only.. im not a hardcore gamer .. but i run my ragnarok for 8hrs ... coz im vending while at work lol....
    i use PS/lightroom occasionally ...

    returning my air11 2015 for this.... im jealous of the retina screen.... and 256gb ssd...
    im planning to bootcamp it and install win10 ...
    i might get another air 11 with 256ssd or this rMB based model.....
     

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