can 2k12 run smoothly on late 2011 mbp 13''

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  1. Chinglish macrumors newbie

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    hello everyone
    i wonder that can 2k12 run smoothly on late 2011 mbp 13'' or how much it will improve after i upgrade to 8G if want to play game like 2K12 or WOW?
    thank you for your input.:D
     
  2. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

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    What is 2k12? Do you mean NBA 2k12?

    In any event, I have a 13" Macbook Pro and it just doesn't do too good with games. I had to play Civilization V on the lowest possible settings to get acceptable frame rates.
     
  3. Chinglish thread starter macrumors newbie

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    o yes ,i mean NBA 2k12...:D have you upgraded ram to 8G?
     
  4. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    WoW plays fine. My friend plays it on his 2010 13" without any issues. But if you are looking into anything graphics intensive, the 13" won't be so good because it does not have a dedicated video card.
     
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    I'm not sure the 13" can even run the game. According to the system requirements I just googled for.
     
  6. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

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    Yup I have 8GB of 1333MHz RAM installed, the 2011 13" Macbook Pro is just not a gaming machine.

    I often wonder why Apple didn't opt to put in the Radeon 6630M in the current Mini in the Macbook Pro ... Honestly they have the same parts.
     
  7. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    Maybe that will raise the price and they don't want to do that for the entry level MBP. Also, I see a lot of college students here that use the 13" and Apple probably realized a majority of the 13" users don't really need a dedicated graphics engine. If you do need one, you're forced to upgrade to a higher end model which gives Apple more $$$!
     
  8. VTMac macrumors 6502

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    If you really want to understand why, go to www.arstechnica.com and search for their review of the 13". They lay it out in all it's gory technical detail. The insanely short version is that there does not exist a dedicated GPU that fits within the thermal and power envelope of the 13" mbp using the core iSeries chips. The mac mini is comparatively larger and has comparatively much greater cooling capacity and doesn't have to power a dedicated display in addition to CPUs, RAM, Drives, etc from a battery.

    But the article is long and detailed on why and what that means for the future. What future Intel chips (ivy bridge) might do to change the math etc. etc.
     
  9. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

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    Oh I didn't know that. I sort of guessed it was a technical limitation.

    I'm not a gamer by any means, I only play games on my Macbook Pro once in a while. It certainly wasn't a deal breaker for me. I've got a PS3, an Xbox 360, a Wii and a Windows Workstation.
     
  10. NZed macrumors 65816

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    ram doesnt help. its all about the graphics card in this case.
     
  11. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    but 8gb give you 512 for vram and 4 is 384..it'll help some
     
  12. NZed macrumors 65816

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    From reading articles that was done from real testing, it gained around 1-2 fps in only some games. Sometimes it wouldnt increase at all.
     
  13. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    1-2 FPS is better than no improved FPS and it's handy for other things and is $40..hey it's woth a shot ;)
     

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