Best method to play games on MBP 13"

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  1. phas3 macrumors 65816

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    I wanted to play battlefield 3 on my 2012 mbp 13" I was wondering what the best way was to be able to play games on the mbp?
     
  2. leman macrumors 604

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  3. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    Best method would be to return the 13" and buy a 15" if you want remotely good results. If your happy to play at about 1-20 FPS at everything low settings then fine.
     
  4. phas3 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    why not parallels or vmware?
     
  5. KingArthurVI macrumors regular

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    Would you rather rather run a game at only a portion of your hardware's capabilities? Boot camp utilizes your hardware as it is while virtualization softwares like Parallels and Vmware use only part of it
     
  6. leman macrumors 604

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    Your GPU is already barely able to play BF3. With Parallels etc. you are looking at at least 2-3 times performance degradation. I doubt that playing games at 5fps is fun ;)
     
  7. mac1984user macrumors 6502a

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    You're going to be sadly disappointed with the performance of your 13" when playing games. My 2011 Mac Mini (admittedly HD 3000, not HD 4000 like yours) struggles to play Left 4 Dead 2, a game I don't consider to be very graphically intensive. Chances are, you're going to have a pretty poor experience with BF3. Diablo 3, on the lowest settings, is barely playable on my machine and suffers loads of lag. I know the HD 4000 is meant to improve things, but without a dedicated graphics card, I think you'll be out of luck. All the best, though!
     
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