BootCamp Gaming on rMBP

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  1. fightercow, Apr 21, 2015
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    fightercow macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I have a Mid-2014 rMBP 13'' 128GB (8GB 1600MHz Ram, Intel Iris 1536Mb, Intel Core i5 2.6GHz, ) and i'm considering to install Windows 7 for gaming. I will only play H1Z1, CS:GO, South Park: SoT, Fifa Soccer and NBA 2K15.

    The point i'm going to ask is, do you recommend me to do it?

    Edit: After the BootCamp, i will update this thread and this thread will be a guideline to people who wants to install Windows to their Mac for gaming. There is not enough information about this topic on the internet.
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Do it if you like.

    Don't expect much performance out of your computer though, it only has integrated graphics.
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Do your system specs meet the minimum requirements for the games?
     
  4. fightercow thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm not expecting a high performance from my mac either, i think i can play nba, fifa soccer and h1z1 at 1280xXXX resolution and medium settings can give a smooth performance

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    Yes, it can handle all of the games i've listed
     
  5. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    I have had bootcamp on all my macs, and it works fine. 128gb though means you'll have a tiny partition. I'd just make a small windows install and get an external drive formatted in ntfs to store the game installs.
     
  6. fightercow thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, that is exactly what i want to do! I will install Windows 7 Ultimate.

    Do i need to install a anti-virus software? What do you recommend me to install?
     
  7. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    I like MSE, which is free and made by Microsoft. Comes built in with Windows 8.1, but I think you have to install it separately with Windows 7.
     
  8. fightercow thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I will install MSE then. The reason why install Windows 7 ultimate is it gives better performance than 8.1(imo). I don't know whats the gaming performance in 8.1 after the updates.
     
  9. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    Eh, I've found the opposite. 8.1 is leaner by far. People just like 7 better due to the UI being more familiar. Either way, 10 will be out in a few months for a free upgrade, and that will be the best so far.
     
  10. cbautis2 macrumors 6502a

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    I find that 8.1 uses way more RAM than 7. Touch is smooth though on 8.1
     
  11. Lateraleye macrumors newbie

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    I really wish this kind of ignorance would go away. It's not 2010 anymore. For the games the topic creator listed, performance will be fine-to-great.
     
  12. diesel macrumors 6502a

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    I had a mid 2014 13" rmbp for a few weeks before returning for the 2015 model and I can tell you that you will be able to play the Mac version of CS:GO with a mix of med/high settings without any frame rate issues or lag. I had no issues so I would assume running the windows version via bootcamp would be fine as well.
     
  13. asr10user macrumors newbie

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    I have the same setup as you but with 256gb SSD.

    Most games ive tried run fairly well under bootcamp and win 8.

    I mostly play Street Fighter 4 and get 90 fps at high settings in 720. If I bump that up to 1080 the game chokes.

    There hasnt been a game at low-med settings that has been unplayable to me. But I really dont play anything too intensive, as long as I can play my SF4 I am happy.

    I really wish I could figure out how to get OSX to see my Madcatz 360 fight stick and pad. But gave up and just do all my gaming in boot camp.
     
  14. fightercow thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Windows 7 Ultimate would be the best for me because of the UI and performance

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    How much fps did you get?

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    So I have a question for you, do i need to do any kinds of extra installation, such as Bios or driver updates/setups after the BootCamp?
     
  15. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    You'll have to download the proper drivers during bootcamp setup, it's all explained quite nicely while you do it.

    You cannot update the BIOS on a Mac as it doesn't use one. Macs use EFI.
     
  16. fightercow thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So you say BootCamp Assistant will help me out while i install drivers, right?
     
  17. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    bootcamp assistant requires that you insert a usb drive to put on all the drivers. Then, they ask to install right after you install windows.
     
  18. fightercow thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK, got it.
     
  19. Christ_Dilorean macrumors newbie

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    i know this post is old but , wonder if you plan or have played any SFV on your mac, i have similar settings, and rather just just play on here instead of buying ps4 to play, I'm familiar with parallels but haven't tried boot camp mainly because my demand for operating on windows is pretty low
     

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