Basic gaming on a base 13' 2011

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kkzooi, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. kkzooi macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    Dear macrumors members,

    I've finnaly made the decision to buy myself a Macbook pro. I'm going for the base 13' model (which I may later upgrade to 8gig RAM and prob. a SSD) cause I'm in college and my budget is not that big. I will hook my macbook up to a 22 inch screen and use it as a desktop-replacement when I'm at home.

    I was wondering if I will be able to play games like WoW and SC2 (and in the future Diablo3) and if anyone has experience playing games like these on the base 13' model. I wont be playing on ultra settings or fullscreen (22') as long the fps is alright and the games are playable.

    Would like some comments on this matter.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Yes, those games will run acceptably well on a base 13" MBP.
  3. Samuriajackon macrumors 6502


    Feb 9, 2009
    Go for the 15in. The power of the 3000 doesn't quite cut it, wow at 1200x800 runs okay, but with an extra monitor(like a 22in) it won't run at 1200x800 unless i tone down all the bells and whistles. Stormwind looks like crap no matter how low I set the graphics.
  4. kkzooi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    Thanks for the fast replies. I dont have the cash for anything more expensive then the base 13 inch. Does WoW run in normal fps tho?
  5. tejagamer macrumors member


    Oct 22, 2010
    Why not a Mac Mini?

    If you are going to stay more time at home, I suggest you to get the Mac Mini..
    If you go out alot, then get the MBP..
    BTW MBP 13" can play games at 1024x768 on med.. So, its upto you
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
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    WoW will run okay, starcraft will run okay. Diablo 3(system requirements posted above) probably won't.
  7. BrickbookPro macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2011
    Those requirements look like blackops requirements which I am running fine on my 2010 Base model 13" MBP (under windows 8 developer preview).

    Blackops requirements here:
  8. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    Also keep this in mind OP:

    There are a couple companies working to release Thunderbolt to pci-e adapters that would allow you to use a desktop Graphics Card with your MBP. There hasn't been a mention of price yet, but if these carry a reasonable price, you could very well "dock" your MBP at your 22" Monitor with the TB/PCI-E device in between.

    Note: Thunderbolt will likely support high-end GPU's due to bandwidth constraints, but many argue that mid range GPU's should work sufficiently. No matter what you could see an improvement over the built-in GPU.

    Here's an article with some info: Link

    EDIT: also remember that Blizzard is aware of the potential for lost players if they don't make D3 at least playable on the current 13". There are dozens of PC's running the same GPU (with worse driver optimization no less).
  9. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    Someone suggested a Mac mini (with discrete graphics), which I would concur with. What about a mini + iPad? It would cost a little more than the base MBP, but might give you the combination of gaming performance and mobility you're looking for?
  10. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011
    the games will run with acceptable FPS... but something with more power would be a good idea for diablo 3
  11. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    Depends on the game obviously, but I tried portal on my 2011 Macbook Pro (13") and it was passable. However, Civilization V is a different story, the game runs terrible on my Macbook Pro.
  12. altecXP macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009
    My friend plays WoW happily on her 13in i5 MBP. SHe was upgrading from like a 2007 MacBook though so to her it's leagues ahead.
  13. Wattser93 macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2010
    I have a 13" 2010 and Civ 5 is tough on it. I can imagine it's worse on the HD3000. A mild overclock really brings the 320M to life and makes games like Portal 2 perform well on high settings (capped at 30FPS). In L4D2 I get 60FPS on low settings, or 30FPS on med settings.

    Capping the framerate at 30FPS may not be optimal, but 30FPS capped will be much more playable than a framerate varying between 30FPS and 60FPS (and everything in between). Halo 3 is in 30FPS, and is still playable.

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