Games on mac..

Gamesonmac

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Oct 27, 2015
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So before i start, i know MacBooks are not made for gaming.. So save ur smartass moves..

I just bought a macbook pro:

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
2,7 GHz Intel Core i5
8 GB 1867 MHz DDR3
Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB
128GB SSD

although i am using it for my study i wanted to be able the play some games now and then. So i watched some videos of the macs gaming performance with the same specs on youtube. It looked pretty good and i thought it would be fine. But after installing COD MW3 it turned out the macbook didn't take the game at all. Am i missing something here? Do i need to manually boost to 3.1 GHZ? I don't understand it.


Thanks
 

Samuelsan2001

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Oct 24, 2013
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Under OSX or windows?? I am assuming OSX, if it doesn't run at all I'd download again. If it runs but terribly try changing the settings to those used in the video you watched.
Processor will not be your issue here it will be the graphics that struggle.
 
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Big Ron

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So before i start, i know MacBooks are not made for gaming.. So save ur smartass moves..

I just bought a macbook pro:

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
2,7 GHz Intel Core i5
8 GB 1867 MHz DDR3
Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB
128GB SSD

although i am using it for my study i wanted to be able the play some games now and then. So i watched some videos of the macs gaming performance with the same specs on youtube. It looked pretty good and i thought it would be fine. But after installing COD MW3 it turned out the macbook didn't take the game at all. Am i missing something here? Do i need to manually boost to 3.1 GHZ? I don't understand it.


Thanks

MacBooks are not made for gaming
 
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Graz9

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Oct 21, 2014
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So before i start, i know MacBooks are not made for gaming.. So save ur smartass moves..

I just bought a macbook pro:

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
2,7 GHz Intel Core i5
8 GB 1867 MHz DDR3
Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB
128GB SSD

although i am using it for my study i wanted to be able the play some games now and then. So i watched some videos of the macs gaming performance with the same specs on youtube. It looked pretty good and i thought it would be fine. But after installing COD MW3 it turned out the macbook didn't take the game at all. Am i missing something here? Do i need to manually boost to 3.1 GHZ? I don't understand it.


Thanks
I have the same spec and as a mac, it's not great but with Win 10 bootcamp, I can run COD:MW at 1080p at 60fps. With a few compromises I believe it will play most games from last gen consoles at similar settings to those consoles. Usually at 720p.

MW3 runs ok in Win 10. At 1080p with the built in upscaler on high I get a solid 60fps. No AA though obviously.

MW2 runs 900p60 too.

New games, I didn't even bother.
 
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Steve121178

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If you really do want to game on your Mac then do it under Boot Camp which will allow you to make the most of your machines ability to run games with integrated graphics.
 

Big Ron

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Steve121178 is correct, in its OSX mode the MacBook isn't a great gaming machine, its strength lies elsewhere.

Also sorry about 'jossing you' I couldn't resist it:)
 

The Clark

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As other have stated, run all of your games through Windows courtesy of Bootcamp. Your frame rates will be higher and you'll have a wider selection of games to choose from. The only downside is you'll have to buy Windows, if you play by the rules that is ;)
 

Gamesonmac

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Oct 27, 2015
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Thanks for all the reactions.. I read about bootcamp and i understand that u need a second harddisc to instal it? I just have the 128 GB SSD.. Maybe a external harddrive will do?
 

Graz9

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Oct 21, 2014
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Thanks for all the reactions.. I read about bootcamp and i understand that u need a second harddisc to instal it? I just have the 128 GB SSD.. Maybe a external harddrive will do?
I have bootcamp on my 128GB too split between OSX and Windows. I install games on an external HDD. Bootcamp partitions the drive.
 

thesimplelogic

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Jun 27, 2014
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You don't need a second hard disk to install Bootcamp, you simply need to be okay with partitioning the drive. So say, you allocate 30GB to Bootcamp, leaving you 110 (I'm not going into formatting or anything, but you get the idea) for the Mac side. Also, I don't know if anyone else has mentioned this, but you can't manually overclock the CPU on a Mac :) it's locked by the EFI AFAIK
 

Gamesonmac

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Oct 27, 2015
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Sounds good! Think i'm gonna go for it.. The only thing sucks is that i'll have to pay for windows.. (If i do it the legal way).

Thanks everyone !;)