Any good for gaming

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by andrewp, May 27, 2010.

  1. andrewp macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2008
    Heya just bought the i5 500gb mbp, but I wonder whether it is any good for gaming since the 330m seems a little weak. Does anybody have any gaming experience (game performance) with it or can point me to a review somewhere?
  2. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

    Mar 18, 2010
    Lots of threads in this very forum actually. General consensus is that it's fine for casual gaming, but only tolerable for more in-depth gaming and brutal for hardcore gaming.
  3. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    It will be fine for casual gaming. But don't try to use it for hardcore gaming, as it may not handle too well.
  4. ozreth macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    the i5 with 256mb gpu is ok for casual gaming, whereas the i7 with 512mb will be able to handle more graphic intensive stuff.

    Either way your i5 will do well on most games if you play on meidum settings (maybe putting some stuff to low). Enjoy!
  5. johnalan macrumors 6502


    Jul 15, 2009
    Dublin, Ireland
    The i5 will not be the bottleneck for any game, so having the i7 will make very little difference, also the 512mb 330m card has an advantage only with texture storage... there fore below a certain texture quality it makes no difference with the extra video memory.

    Also if you take a look at the 3dmark site the 330m pulls in impressive scores, beating out cards from 2 years ago that were called hardcore gaming cards.

    On another note I don't understand this thing people do where they label current lower end systems only for casual use/email/internet/word processing...

    for example 5 years ago a high end P4 was for HARDCORE users and a Celeron was word processing, now the i7 is for hardcore users and the i5 will just do email...

    it's such rubbish, unless your transcoding video or running geekbench tests there is no difference between the i5 and i7,

  6. dsprimal macrumors 6502a


    Mar 27, 2010
    you'll be able to play games on medium settings.
  7. ozreth macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    I didn't say that at all, I am talking strictly gaming.

    And if you take a look at some of the gaming threads around here, specifically the benchmarks thread, you will notice that people with the i7/512 setup are running the same games better than those with the i5/256 setup. It obviously makes a difference. Maybe not in all cases, but the speed increase is certainly there.

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