!!! Constant low FPS on WoW 13" Mac Book Pro 2010 - 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 4GB Ram

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Andrej1444, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. Andrej1444 macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2011
    A couple of days ago i started playing wow again because i got the free 7 day subscription and im constantly getting between 0 and 20 FPS in a non crowded areas where i have been leveling my 70 Mage. When i go into combat with a monster the FPS just drops to about 4. My video settings are all on the lowest possible and Multisampling is on x1

    The only things i have running in the background are iTunes and Safari with Facebook opened, i remember about 6 months ago my graphics were fine and i was runnning at what i thought was a decent FPS compared to what it is now. I cant remember ever getting as low as a one figure FPS.

    Another thing is that sometimes my computer gets fairly hot but ive got a stand and fan on it at all times when im playing WoW.

    Any assistance is much appreciated. Thanks :)


    13" Mac Book Pro 2010 Model
    2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB 1067 MHz DDR3

    Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
    Type: GPU
    Bus: PCI
    VRAM (Total): 256 MB
    Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
    Device ID: 0x0863
    Revision ID: 0x00b1
    ROM Revision: 3427

    Memory Slots:

    ECC: Disabled

    BANK 0/DIMM0:

    Size: 2 GB
    Type: DDR3
    Speed: 1067 MHz
    Status: OK
    Manufacturer: 0x802C
    Part Number: 0x31364A53463235363634485A2D3147314631
    Serial Number: 0xDD5B662E

    BANK 1/DIMM0:

    Size: 2 GB
    Type: DDR3
    Speed: 1067 MHz
    Status: OK
    Manufacturer: 0x802C
    Part Number: 0x31364A53463235363634485A2D3147314631
    Serial Number: 0xDD5B662C
  2. th3goob macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2011
    have you played since patch 4.0? they updated the graphics pretty significantly since 4.0. i can play wow on high, with shadows on low and water detail on good on my 2011 13 mbp i5, and i get 70-80 fps sometimes in stormwind 40 but thats on a crowded day.
  3. madisonfaye, Jul 8, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2011

    madisonfaye macrumors regular


    Jul 7, 2011
    Yeah you shouldn't be having that low of FPS in WoW with those specs. Granted they aren't ideal for high performance gaming but they should be more than enough! I was playing on a horrible Sony Vaio and had no FPS issues.

    Anyways, on the WoW armory under forums there is a great "Mac Technical Support" forum. In it is a thread talking about optimal graphics settings for your specific Mac (I copied and pasted yours here for you):

    2009 13-inch Unibody Macbook Pro with nVidia 9400m Integrated Graphics

    Graphics > Display

    Multisampling: 1x

    Vertical Sync: Disabled

    Graphics > Graphics

    Graphics Slider: Low

    Texture Resolution: Good

    Texture Filtering: Bilinear

    Projected Textures: Enabled

    View Distance: Fair

    Environmental Detail: Fair

    Ground Clutter: Low

    Shadow Quality: Low

    Liquid Detail: Low

    Sunshafts: Disabled

    Particle Density: Low


    Triple Buffering; Disabled

    Reduce Input Lag: Disabled

    Hardware Cursor: Enabled

    Notes: Expect 25-30fps.

    You should never be dipping below 20 FPS honestly, maybe sometimes in Orgrimmar (or Stormwind :p). Worst comes to worst you could even set things that are on Fair to Low for an even greater increase. I tried making my own setup and I was only getting like 50 FPS, but I tried their recommendations and I was getting like 80 FPS so I would stick with theirs (but I have a very different MBP, keep in mind that the guy who posted above me has a newer one too so 25-35 FPS would be good for your specific MBP)

    Good luck!!!! :) Hope this helps!

    Edit: If you wanna check out that thread its here http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/969747052

  4. Andrej1444 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2011
    Yeah im playing right now and my FPS are still really bad. What could i do to improve them externally from WoW ?
  5. th3goob macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2011
    i know this sounds terrible to do, but try a fresh install of wow, if you have the cata disk you only need to put in that 1 and it will install everything. that may fix it.
  6. NorthMac1, Jul 9, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2011

    NorthMac1 macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2011
    WOW Link for Performance

    I have used this link for WOW adjustments(same as above). I have had excellent results with the posted settings. What processes are you running in the background?


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