confused for gd spec for wow

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by waxxi, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. waxxi macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2010
    i am new to mac laptops, first time going use one, but i made up my mind and i am looking for a change, since alot of mac users believe mac is good, and better than win bugs etc..

    anyhow i am just basic user, plus addicted to wow, and i need to combine these two things in one piece of mac which isnt that so expensive to give amazing graphics and smoothing game of above 100 fps in dalaran..

    been in the store today to check stuff, the lady trying to compare me with the macbook 15"2.26 and macbook pro 15" 2.53

    as for me, 2.26 is so okay for being a basic user, as using win office and browsing,

    the graphic card for the 2.26 as i can remember was nvidia 9400M with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory, cant remmeber the one with 2.53 but anyhow the difference is around 1,000 DHS as i am living in uae for time being..

    so the question is.. does it worth the wait to get the macbook pro or 2.26 can do the job and makes me happy while doing 25 man raids as for icc or something..

    thanks in advance and sorry for long talk
  2. savvos macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2007
    New Mac notebooks should be coming out very, very soon (less than one month) and they will have better processors and different graphics cards. It might be worth your time to hold off until they come out.
  3. letrout macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2010

    I'd consider a current MBP as barely adequate for WoW. I'd also worry about how a current MBP might handle Cataclysm. There are many variables of course, but I'd figure on getting ~15 fps in Dal or 25s at medium graphics settings. And you said you didn't want something too expensive, that's not true of Macs.

    People have been talking about an imminent MB refresh for many months now. Waiting for this will likely only lead to frustration (I can attest to that firsthand). And there's no guarantee that the new MBs will be any better than (or even equal to) the Windows laptops currently sitting on store shelves.

    I hate to say it, but get a Windows laptop. Better performance for a lot less money. :(
  4. pilot1226 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2010
    As a reference point, I can play on my iBook G4 (1.42GHz PowerPC chip) from mid-2005 and as long as I don't go into Dalaran I can get in the teens for frames-per-second. If I go into the city it's pretty bad, so I generally stay out unless I'm on my desktop.

    A laptop will never, ever be as good as a desktop computer. Even the highest laptop is still slower than the worst desktop.

    I don't think even a desktop will get 100fps in Dalaran to be honest.

    I suggest you wait for the update, then purchase. Or, consider an iMac. It's an all in one form factor, so it's easy to transport to other locations, though of course it's not portable like a laptop.
  5. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    That's exaggerating a bit much, don't you think? :D

    If you want 100 frames per second in Dalaran, you're going to have to spend a lot of money whether you use a Mac or PC.
  6. JaHull macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2009
    I have the 2.53 MacBook Pro and think it is fairly adequate for playing wow, in dalaran with full graphics but medium view distance you can get 15-25fps and raids will run fine but i have noticed on some fights in icecrown citadel you will need to turn down spell detail since fights like the first boss when he casts all the fire it will bring your fps down from 30 to 7ish.
    As savvos said though i would probably wait for the next release of MacBook Pros which hopefully will be out soon

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