650m 512mb Performance?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bibs213, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. bibs213 macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2012
    Hi! I'm wondering.. what kind of gaming performance does the 512mb 650M chip produce? How well would it play:

    1) Battlefield 3?
    2) Portal 2?
    3) Modern Warfare 3?

    Would it be possible to achieve a minimum of 60fps for any of these games?
  2. BlazednSleepy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2012
  3. bibs213 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2012
    when you say low...how low? and would the games need to be set to low quality? would it be possible to play these on medium settings or above and still achieve 60fps?
  4. boto macrumors 6502


    Jun 4, 2012
    Clearer picture of what to expect

    As for Portal 2, it should be able to perform flawlessly at max settings with anything lower than 1080p resolution, although the Mac side will be a bit lower in framerate compared to Windows.
  5. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    It should work. The VRAM is more responsible for the visual quality rather than speed. On normal 900p resolution medium should be fine too. High quality textures and great viewing distance in outdoor tank levels and air plane flying will be bad. Running around on the ground is probably better. In BF3.

    MW3 is easy as it uses a lot of streaming but require comparably little VRAM. That should run on high settings.

    Portal 2 I have no clue but I guess it will be somewhere in between those two.

    Fluent gameplay won't be the problem of 512MB at todays games. It is more the actual visual quality you get even on stuff that should be the same settings. In the future and already today in many games you can simply not enable certain detail settings if they require the VRAM.

    Higher resolution takes a bigger performance toll than on higher VRAM cards but 1440x900 should be okay. 1680x1050 depending on the game too.
  6. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    BF3, around 30 fps at native res is likely. Don't have any benchmark link to back it up though.
  7. Exana macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2011
    Portal 2 use an outdate 3D engine. It can run at highest settings with nearly any dedicated GPU.
  8. bibs213 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2012
    playing games at 1440x900 or 1280*720/800, will the 1gb 650m make much difference?

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