FPS external monitor

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by eC1990ho, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. eC1990ho macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Hi there, I was wondering if playing games in clamshell mode on an external monitor would drastically reduce the fps?
    I mean, if I get 60fps on the MBP, would i get 60fps on the monitor as well?

    basic 15" model in clamshell + 23" display running 1920x1080
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Since the graphics card would be pushing out a bigger image with 60% more pixels, it is impossible that the same graphics card with the same power could maintain the same FPS, it just doesn't add up.

    I'm guessing you'd lose at the very least 15 FPS, if not more.

    You can however use the bigger screen, and lower the resolution/change the detail settings to help alleviate this.
  3. eC1990ho thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2011
    I see, so the loss would be noticeable.
    I'm reclutant to lower the resolution as running anything under native res distorts the image, but lowering settings might be viable.

    Is clamshell mode the prefered operating mode as it disables the MBp display, leaving the gpu only calculating pixels for the external?

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