Games?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by friedkimchi, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. friedkimchi macrumors regular

    friedkimchi

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    Hi, can everyone share what games they have got running on their macbook air? FPS would be very helpful too.
    Also include if game is running on OSX or via bootcamp / VMware.

    Torn between the 2011 and 2010 model. Both 13'', 256GB, 4GB ram

    Rounding up for easier calculation:
    2011: A$1850 , 1.8 GHz i7, LION
    2010: A$1550 , 2.13 GHz C2D, SNOW LEOPARD

    I'm currently using a black macbook, 2.16 GHz C2D, 4GB ram, 500GB hdd, LEOPARD.
    I would love to play L4D2, BF2, COD, Fifa, Madden since my black macbook can't.

    I haven't played such games in over 4 years? I think its time I reward myself once in a while.

    Main uses: Web surfing, MS Word/Powerpoint, Adobe Reader, occasional Photoshop, itunes, occasionally playing DOTA over LAN with friends through VMware (very laggy)

    I don't have a desktop/iMac. No intention of getting one either. Looking to make the air my main laptop for the next 2 years of university.

    First post! =)
     
  2. Oppressed macrumors 65816

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    Pulling up graphics card comparison charts to the games you mentioned from http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-HD-Graphics-3000.37948.0.html

    Also if you plan on gaming through bootcamp/VMware then the drivers for the 320m are much better.
     

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  4. friedkimchi thread starter macrumors regular

    friedkimchi

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    Yup i looked at that link beforehand. But isn't that more for the HD3000 used in the macbook pros?

    I read that the Macbook air was using a lower clocked HD3000 than the macbook pro? So not really a true indication.

    I know that that the 320M is better than HD 3000 but I would like to get other macbook air owners experience of gaming.
     
  5. steve dave macrumors 6502a

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    Then there are a lot of threads already discussing this.
     
  6. Oppressed macrumors 65816

    Oppressed

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    Well I don't play your games, but the games I do play the 2010 has performed better then the 2011 I had.

    The real difference between the 2010 and 2011 models based on these uses is in Photoshop. You will see a seconds shaved off of filter effects and what not. Other then that both will run the same in the rest of the programs.
     
  7. friedkimchi thread starter macrumors regular

    friedkimchi

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    I looked through the first 5 pages in the Macbook Air sub section. Didn't get enough information. Hence I decided to ask the question myself.

    Could you list down the games you play? FPS will be very helpful!

    :)
     
  8. Oppressed macrumors 65816

    Oppressed

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    First picture in a pair is 2010 and the second in the pair is of the 2011. FPS is in the bottom right corner.
     

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  9. BluePotato macrumors member

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    Here are the games I play regularly on my 2010 MBA:
    • Portal
    • Left for Dead
    • Torchlight
    • Civilization IV
    • PokerTH (Open Source Texas Hold 'Em)
    • Braid
    • Half Life 2
    • Trine

    They all run great. I wouldn't waste my hard drive space with a game that yields poor FPS. For example, I had Assassins Creed 2 and Splinter Cell Conviction installed from Steam but their framerates were unplayable. I also had Civilization V from Steam installed, but its performance suffers also, so I removed it.
     
  10. friedkimchi thread starter macrumors regular

    friedkimchi

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    Nice pictures and real world usage Oppressed, and I share the same views BluePotato! Not that I have many games in my macbook anyway...

    Now would more users who owns the i5/i7 macbook air share their gaming experiences?

    I really don't mind if all the settings are at low/lowest. I rather have the chance to game with my friends.
     

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