13" base MBA Question

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mr jnvii, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. mr jnvii macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2011
    Would the new 13" Air be good for programming in C++ and C#? How about for games like Fallout 3 and L4D?

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    It'd be fine for programming, not for gaming.
  3. mr jnvii thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2011
    Like, not at all?

    I'm not a hardcore gamer. Just like to play a few, and don't really care about playin on the MAX settings (although I don't want to play too low where everything is blurry)
  4. bp1000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    You would have to play on the lowest graphics settings and some games might be smooth, mainly older games.

    But games like BFBC2 which isn't even new and due to be replaced will struggle, a lot of judder etc. The GPU simply isn't powerful enough.

    You can always buy it, try and and return it if you find it's an issue.
  5. mr jnvii, Jul 20, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011

    mr jnvii thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2011
    Ugh. Now I'm not sure I want it.

    I mean, it'd be great for everything else, but I'd want it to be a bit of a jack-of all trades machine. It sounds like gaming is just terrible on it...
  6. Tmuska macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2011
    I just read this review. Labtopmag writes that it will run WoW on low setting at 59 fps, wich is very playable( I would say 30 fps is playable, but i wouldnt go below!) and when they max it, it runs at 29, so i think it will be fine for casual gaming :)
  7. Xaron macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    Actually the Intel HD3000 is the first Intel chip which isn't crap. It performs rather good and is slightly faster than the previously used NVidia 320M. I don't know why most guys seem to dis the HD3000...

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