Any serious gamers out there have tried an 330m 512MB MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by The Final Cut, May 4, 2010.

  1. The Final Cut macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2009
    So I am about to pull the trigger on a base 17" macbook pro. In terms of gaming, I deciding between this and a laptop with a 1GB 335M (the laptop has a lower native res and much worse cpu, so please take that in consideration.

    I have around 50 games, most are older which I know would be fine. However there a few games that I am skeptical about. I consider maxed... Native res, 2XAA 2AF, 75% effect turned on, all texture settings on high (not ultra). If they won't even come close to my expectations above, can you let me know how far up your running them .After looking at benchmarks on this laptop model for hours, I can't find proper tests, or videos which relate specifically to this. (Trust me I have seen everything)

    Games In question:

    Modern Warfare/ Modern Warfare 2
    Batman Aslyum
    Left 4 Dead 2
    Street Fighter 4
    Splinter Cell Conviction
    Fallout 3
    Far Cry 2
    Mass Effect 2
    Tropico 3
    Star Wars Unleashed

    I also would be interested in finding out how long you expect apple to stick with the 330m, and how you think the MBP will hold up for the fall releases (chiefly mafia 2, fallout vegas, etc)

  2. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    Most mobility chips with low bus widths and non GDDR5 memory don't even have the necessary bandwidth to take advantage of 1gb of dedicated memory.

    The 335m is just one such example.

    With the only so slightly better 335m card and a lower native resolution, I'd expect only like 5-10 more fps on average.

    You can use notebook check to give you benchmark tests with a lot of modern games. The results won't exactly be the same as you can expect with the macbook pros, but are pretty close.
  3. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Looks like you pulled the trigger on the Mac Pro thread ;)
  4. The Final Cut thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2009
    :eek: Fail I know, already reported my post to mod to move it to the proper forum.
  5. coolbreeze macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2003
    If you are getting the base make sure you get from Amazon. Much cheaper.
  6. The Final Cut thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2009
    Student discount:D $2099
  7. coolbreeze macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2003
    Well I have a fat corporate discount and after taxes it was still more than Amazon. Just sayin.
  8. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    Are you gonna game at native resolution or on external screen?
    Barefeats did test the 256mb vs 512mb and there was no differences at all untill you hit 2560x1200 res.

    (link: )

    The amount of video memory is usually a marketing feature, and unless you buy a really high performance card (nvidia 275/ ati 4870 minimum) you will have no advantage with more than 512mb anyway.

    There are only a very few select laptops that have any use of 1GB, those are desktop replacements and aren't portable at all.
  9. nconnella macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2008
    I'm running MW2 wonderfully at 1650x1050 on the 512mb, everything on max except for AA is on x2. I don't know how to check my actual FPS but it seems great to me. Can't say for any of the other games. I'd like to know how Mass Effect 2 holds up as well.
  10. SHeLL9840 macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    I would also be interested in 330 512mb benchmarks (and subsequently i7) for either 15" or 17" for any of those games, especially Mass Effect 2.
  11. senor ding dong macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2010
    hey guys, i have the 15" i7 MBP and i have crysis, mass effect 2 and BFBC2. i only tried ME2, which in my opinion looked great - only thing bothering me is the constant noise of the fans.

    if you tell me how exactly i can do a benchmark, i'll try my best to give you a few results.
  12. MasterTaco macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2010
    The previous poster already mentioned Mass Effect 2 but just figured I'd chime in and say that it runs beautifully on my 15" i7 8GB

    The only major problem is that I am running Windows XP 32-bit on my boot camp partition, so it can only access 2GB of RAM.
    Even so, I am getting a very playable experience, hope that helps! :D
  13. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2008
    Well Barefeats showed that the difference between 512 and 256mb was negligible and not always in the 512mb's favour at 1920x1200 if that helps you out.
  14. kreidel macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2009
    I would love to know what frames per second you get with that setup? If I find a way I will post it.
  15. The Final Cut thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2009
    this is great but I was hoping to hear about actual settings for each games/ and average fps. Regardless I am getting the laptop, after seeing the alienware m11x, at a local best buy, I felt like a fool for almost betraying apple:eek: screen, materials, overall package could NEVER compare. I then went over to 17" i5 model and almost wanted to make love to it right in the store.
  16. neteng101 macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2009
    A serious gamer would stick to a desktop for gaming! ;)

    That said - the lo-res 15" i7 MBP is by far the best MBP option for gaming, lower native resolution = faster frame rates.
  17. Mystikal macrumors 68020


    Oct 4, 2007
    Irvine, CA
    Ive been playing l4d2 and tf2 on this bad boy and everything runs amazingly. The only lag ive had has been due to networking issues. Since my desktop is 4+ years old this MBP is my new gaming rig :D.
  18. kayloh20 macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2010
    Chicago, IL
    The card is decent. I think I'm losing most of the FPS to the fact that the screen is 1920 x 1200 native. If you got the 15" non-high res, you'd probably get good performance from it.
  19. ozreth macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    This really bums me out, I've been hoping for somebody to come in here and say that the resolution bump is only changing their fps by 4 or 5 but it seems pretty bad : /

    I don't wanna exchange for a glossy!
  20. SHeLL9840 macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    Could you be specific about the settings you two are running ME2 on? I feel like if I'm spending enough money I want something with at least comparable performance to my 5 year old gaming rig. Cheers.
  21. nemods macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2010
    Just got my 17" i5 yesterday.

    Playing MW2 in bootcamp with Windows Ultimate x64.
    Using an external 24" monitor 1920x1080, all video setting up(might have taken shadows off) and x4 multisampling.

    And the game is running smooth in Multi-player :)

    Ill try to do some more testing later today and get back to you
  22. kreidel macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2009
    What kind of frames per second are you getting?
  23. wisty macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2009
    Use a lower-res external monitor.

    1920x1200 is pretty high resolution. You are better with a bigger monitor and fewer pixels if you want to see pretty explosions.
  24. nemods macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2010
    Pretty MW2 don't have any build in fps measurer, I don't want to start installing all kind of programs to find out.
    All I can say is that its running smooth without in lag(hardware lag).
  25. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    No he truly didn't; he "tested" using games that were -for the most part - over half a decade old; or based on engines half a decade old plus. barefeats "test" is totally pointless in testing 256 vs 512.

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