Bootcamp on Unibody MBP XP vs. Vista for gaming?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by eylee86, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. eylee86 macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2009
    Hi I have a unibody MBP 2.66GHZ/4GB RAM/512MB of 9600M GT GPU Option

    I'm thinking about installing a windows primarily for gaming. Basically the question is, should i go with xp pro? or vista? I play FPS games like TF2 and Left for Dead. Some of the other games I wish to play some RTS like Dawn of War2 and The Last Remnant. If the game performance in XP pro is much higher than Vista I would rather go with XP. but if it's more or less the same Id just go with Vista. Does anyone have any first hand experience on his issue? Any help would be great. thanks!!
  2. Aniki macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2008
    Stick with vista. It's more recent, has DX10, etc. XP is a 2001 OS. Vista is a 2007 OS. XP is dead, deal with it. If you want you could try windows 7 beta a try.
  3. neilhart macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2007
    SF Bay Area - Fremont
    On the other side of the coin; Vista is bloated and is MS's biggest goof of the last few years. XP Pro SP3 is solid and fairly slim by comparison. IMHO is better suited for use with BootCamp. I would not sink much effort into Window 7 Beta in that it goes away in a few months.

  4. jons macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2008
    The current iteration of Vista isn't bad at all and should have been what MS came out with in the first place. Windows 7 just goes beyond that, and it's really an awesome OS.

    For gaming, I would go with Vista or 7 for the DX10 support.
  5. johnnj macrumors 6502a

    Dec 11, 2008
    Not here
    I wasn't sure if the 9600M GT supported DX10 hardware-wise, but from the nvidia site, it looks like it does. Interesting...

    Although in my opinion, except for the interesting environmental effects (smoke, water, etc), DX10 has been somewhat of a disappointment.

    All that stuff barely works on my gaming PC which has a 9800GX2, so I'm not sure how well it'd work on the 9600M. Maybe I'll fire up Bioshock later on and check it out. Now I'm curious...

  6. ryannazaretian macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2008
    Just a heads up of my experience with Vista on the Unibody MBP... I can't run Vista on my Unibody 15" MBP. It freezes. Not sure why. It will freeze with the default drivers or with updated ones. Apple tells me to call Microsoft. Microsoft tells me to call Apple. :confused:

    I say stick with XP, but that's just my experience. My older Early 2008 MBP handled Vista fine without any issues really... I would still have it if it didn't crap out 4 times.
  7. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    XP works fine with games.

    When Vista came out, the drivers weren't matured and you'd lose about 5% of your framerate in games. I assume it's been fixed now though.

    On the other hand, Vista is a dog and will be replaced by v7 soon.

    If you can get a cheap copy of XP, you'd be better going for that.
  8. Silver472 macrumors newbie


    Jul 31, 2008
    for gaming, it's much better to use the windows XP because the vista is not compatible with many games that are compatible with XP. the xp has more compatibility for games, so it's better to use XP. The vista is slow, too, and you don't want to play games on a slow os. it's better to use the xp professional SP3. hope I helped!

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