Empire Total War on 2012 Air?

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  1. Nova Sensei, Oct 9, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012

    Nova Sensei macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2012
    Hey guys,

    Apparently Empire Total War requires a 2.0ghz CPU. The standard 2012 MBA has a 1.8ghz CPU but can turbo boost above that.

    So, my question is, can the 2012 MBA run Empire Total War?

    Thanks in advance :)

    Edit - I should probably add that I would like to play in OSX. No desire to Bootcamp.
  2. chaosbunny macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2005
    down to earth, far away from any clouds
    The problem is the gpu not the processor.

    Here are the requirements:


    You should be able to run it but expect lowest settings and a lower resolution. The Total War games are very demanding, and you don't want a diashow during a large battle.

    As always, it will most certainly run better using bootcamp and windows.
  3. gregorsamsa macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2006
    (Metamorphosing near) Staffs, 51st State.
    Above noted & I've yet to get the Mac version as I'm waiting for DVD version release.

    FWIW, for anyone else considering playing it in Bootcamp, here's Empire TW running on MacBook Air in ultra settings. Some inevitable lags at those settings, but looks great:

    1.8 GHz Intel Core i7-2677M
    Intel HD Graphics 3000
    4gb RAM
    256gb SSD

  4. tonyshaker macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2012
    NO IT Works Well

    I have a 2011 mac book air its the i5 core 1.7 4gb ram and intel graphics 3000

    it works great on medium settings but if you want to put it on high or very high graphics
    it will not allow you unless the computer is capable to satisfy these settings but the fan will go crazy when you play.
  5. gregorsamsa macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2006
    (Metamorphosing near) Staffs, 51st State.
    I can well imagine what you describe if playing the Mac version in very high or ultra settings in OS X, due to drivers being optimised for the original Windows native version.

    The guy who posted the linked video claims he's running it on a MacBook Air same specs as yours, but it's the Windows version in Bootcamp.
  6. Nova Sensei thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2012
    Thanks guys for your replies - much appreciated.

    Coming from an Xbox 360, I'd be quite happy with low settings and a solid framerate. Once my MBA arrives I'll take one for the team and give it a try in OSX. Will report back on how it goes.
  7. dwynnejr macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2009
    So, i just got a brand new air, 8 ram, but the 1.7 processor. anyone have any experience running this with this type of rig?
  8. Nova Sensei thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2012
    Hi Dynnejr,

    Sorry, but contrary to by bold statement above regarding "taking one for the team", I never did pick up a Total War game for my Air (same model as you).

    I'm a bit short on App store credit at the moment, so don't think i'll be trying it in the near future.

    As an aside, I'm loving the MBA for non-game related tasks, it's a great tool. But for gaming, man....just awful so far. I guess that's more an OSX thing than an MBA thing though.
  9. edddeduck macrumors 68020


    Mar 26, 2004
    Yes it will run, you will not be able to run max settings and you can get the odd slowdown but the SSD in the Air means you should be OK. That said officially you cannot get support, unofficially we know a few people play on the Air and we have played it on the BTO 2GHz Air here (supported) and the 1.8 will be pretty close to that in terms of performance.
  10. Nova Sensei thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2012
    Thanks, appreciate the info :)

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