Black MacBook for gaming?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by jgw1283, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. jgw1283 macrumors regular

    jgw1283

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    I just bought the black macbook 2gb ram model from MacMall since I didn't like the new MBs. Anyways, I'm wondering if I can play newer games on it smoothly? I'm interested in Command & Conquer 3 and some other RTS games. I'm coming from a 1.42ghz iBook so I'm jumping quite a bit spec-wise. thanks
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You might be able to pull it off in Windows at Low or Very Low settings. You'd be better off just building/buying a cheap PC to play games.
     
  3. mklnz macrumors regular

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    I wouldn't recommend it, I'm assuming it has the Intel X3100 chip? It can run Half Life 2 and CS: Source at about 30FPS with everything low but no it won't run any new games (or even old) "smoothly" unfortunately.

    The new Macbook with the Geforce 9400M is _much_ better in terms of gaming.
     
  4. jgw1283 thread starter macrumors regular

    jgw1283

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    so even if I upgrade to 4gb of RAM it wont help?

    thats pretty depressing considering the specs for C&C 3 are well below my new computer lol
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Adding more RAM isn't going to improve the GMA X3100.
     
  6. timestoby macrumors 6502

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    you might not have liket the new macbooks,but the nvidia intergrated would have played them games easy,but not the x3100,if the nvidia is 5 times faster than intels newest x4500 and the x4500 is 3 or 5 times faster than x3100..lol
     

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