2010 Macbook Pro and Starcraft 2


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jul 23, 2010
Hey I was thinking of either getting the 13in. or the 15in. Macbook Pro right before I leave for college. But I was wondering if both laptops have enough vRAM to run Starcraft 2(probably the only computer game I would be playing) with a 24inch external display(1920 x 1080 res) and run it smoothly with at least graphics on medium? Thanks in advance for replies.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 30, 2009
On 1080p 24" screen. The 330m with the 512mb of vram on the higher end 15" might be able to.

If gaming is that important to you though I would suggest looking into the iMac or even not getting a mac.


macrumors 68020
Nov 5, 2009
You'd have to keep textures down to high, and not ultra. Altho if you're in windows, you can get away with ultra using only 512vram.

Other settings will have to be played on medium.


macrumors newbie
Jul 25, 2010
If you are so much crazy about the game then why not you use external Nvidia graphics card and 1 GB ram.This way you will enjoy the true graphics of the game.


macrumors 604
Sep 19, 2003
If I were you I'd buy the white MacBook and build yourself a cheap $400 PC that will blow any MacBook out of the water for games. You aren't going to be able to play the game well in that resolution on a 330m, at least not in OS X.


macrumors member
Mar 30, 2008
Don't be fooled, even on low the game looks very good! I would expect a Macbook to be able to at least run it on Medium, which is very playable.

If you are that worried, just wait a few days until the game comes out and ask here again. Judging by all the SC2 topics that have popped up someone is bound to try it on the 13" and 15" Pros.


macrumors newbie
Apr 30, 2010
Played the SC2 beta on 2010 13" C2D 2.4ghz MBP, works fine on medium, with a few FPS drops here and there but nothing too noticeable.

Returned that unit and bought the 15" Core i7 MBP, works fine on ultra.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 11, 2008
StarCraft II System Requirements

The system requirements for the StarCraft II are as follows:

PC Requirements
PC Minimum System Requirements*:

Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 (Updated with the latest Service Packs) with DirectX® 9.0c
2.6 GHz Pentium® IV or equivalent AMD Athlon® processor
128 MB PCIe NVIDIA® GeForce® 6600 GT or ATI Radeon® 9800 PRO video card or better
12 GB available HD space
1 GB RAM (1.5 GB required for Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 users)
DVD-ROM drive
Broadband Internet connection
1024X720 minimum display resolution
PC Recommended Specifications:

Windows Vista®/Windows® 7
Dual Core 2.4Ghz Processor
512 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTX or ATI Radeon® HD 3870 or better
*Note: Due to potential programming changes, the Minimum System Requirements for this game may change over time.

Mac Requirements
Mac Minimum System Requirements:

Mac® OS X 10.5.8, 10.6.2 or newer
Intel® Processor
NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT or ATI Radeon® X1600 or better
12 GB available HD space
2 GB Ram
DVD-ROM drive
Broadband Internet connection
1024X720 minimum display resolution
Mac Recommended Specifications:

Intel® Core 2 Duo processor
4 GB system RAM
NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600M GT or ATI Radeon® HD 4670 or better