Football Manager on Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by slimeynick, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. slimeynick macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2016
    Long-time listener, first-time caller.

    I'm currently on a mid-2010 MBP with 4gb and Duo 2.4ghz CPU and I'm looking to upgrade. Had this for six good years but the battery is poor on it and it's not as fast as it was.

    Been looking at the rMBs for their form factor and screen. It'll be used for browsing, Office stuff and media consumption. It looks perfect for me.

    My only worry (the keyboard and solitary port don't bother me) is if it'll run the only thing I use which is CPU intensive: Football Manager, which, if anyone who doesn't know it, is a spreadsheet masquerading as the most addictive game ever.

    I can currently run 3 leagues and a small database of players on it, which goes relatively well but has my fans blowing a gale whenever I play a match. I'd like to run a larger database and a few more leagues, but it'd be unbearably slow.

    The minimum specs for the game are for a 1.8ghz processor, which any of the rMBs clear when on Turbo Boost. The rMBs also smash my 2010's Geekbench scores, although i am concerned about how they manage a sustained session of FM - would the throttling grind it to a halt?

    I'd like to know if anyone has experienced the game on an rMB and if so, how many leagues do you run, what database size and how snappy is your game?

    I'm looking at either a refurbished 2015 m5 or the new m5 seeing as there's quite a big jump with Skylake.

    I'm also considering holding out for the new MBP, which while overkill for my needs, would be cheaper than a new m5.

    Thanks in advance for any replies.
  2. Primus84 macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2005
    It runs surprisingly well, it actually seems to perform better than my MacBook Pro 2.7Ghz Core i5 and I have the base model 2016 MacBook!

    I've not seen it have issues with thermal throttling and I've played FM for hours on it.
  3. Louwen macrumors newbie


    Apr 19, 2009
    Aalborg, Denmark
    Big FM fan here as well. Thanks for the info Primus84.
  4. Gpulvi macrumors member


    Oct 11, 2011
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Hi guys, are you talking about FM 2016? I'm a big FIFA fan but I know it's not very playable on a rMB. FM looks really nice!
    Do you know if it has mfi controller compatibility, like Nimbus Steelseries?
  5. slimeynick thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2016
    Awesome. Thanks for the response. How many leagues do you run and what size database?

    I'd hate to spend so much on something that only gives a small performance boost on my 6-year-old MBP.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 25, 2016 ---

    You don't need a controller for FM, actually a controller would be very inconvenient, because you only watch the matches - you don't play football on it like FIFA. It's strictly a management game and it's great.
  6. Primus84 macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2005
    Hi I run with 7 leagues on large database mode.
  7. slimeynick thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2016
    Great stuff. Can it handle the 3D match engine well?

    I think I might pull the trigger on one of these if a new MBP isn't announced in the next month.
  8. where is it macrumors 6502

    where is it

    Jun 19, 2012
  9. Primus84 macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2005
  10. haaX macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2013
    When I ran the game in retina mode it was unplayable - I couldn't multitask whilst playing because *everything* lagged and was slow. Even without playing an actual football match! I can't wrap my head around it - the game must be poorly coded for retina or something. It deemed unplayable actually.

    But turning off the retina mode helped heaps. Now it plays smoothly. Text is still crisp, although not retina crips.

    After a couple of hours of Football Manager on the rBM 2016 it seems like the game is a tad more responsive and snappy compared with my MBA i7 2013. I'm only playing one league with a large database though. Performance wise the MBP 13" is probably superior in terms of multiple leagues and database size - and the new MBP released this autumn will probably be the next generation MBPs.

    I bought and returned the MBA 13" 2013 for the MBA 11" 2013 three years ago. Carrying the MBA 13" felt like carrying a computer. You merely notice carrying the MBA 11" (and the rMB) in your bag.

Share This Page