Gaming issue: Iris 6100

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Skald, Sep 13, 2015.

  1. Skald macrumors member

    Skald

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2008
    Location:
    California
    #1
    Please excuse the dumb rookie question, which I have tried to answer by Googling, to save you the trouble and me the embarrassment.

    I am ready to replace my mid-2010 MacBook Pro -- but want my replacement to be able to pay a few games (using Boot Camp, Windows 10) that are beyond my current Mac.

    These are modest games (Like Victoria 2, IL-2), not fast-action FPS games. But some require 512MB of video memory.

    My current GeForce 320M apparently draws up to 128MB, having none of its own. The Intel Iris 6100 apparently also relies on shared memory -- but how much? intel's site does not tell me.

    The $2500 15" MBP has another graphics card with 2GB of video memory, but I would obviously prefer the $1800 13" version -- if it will handle those games.

    What do you think?

    My current laptop plays Civ V but stalls and stutters and hangs up now and then, and is slow to redraw the screen.

    Many thanks.
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    Joined:
    May 19, 2002
    #2
    I'm going to guess it is 1536MB, which likely can be increased (via a hack) by a good amount to cover apps requiring more video memory to start.
     
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2013
    #3
    1.5Gb is the maximum memory the 6100 can use, it'll play simple games with ease, it can even run skyrim at low settings.
     
  4. Skald thread starter macrumors member

    Skald

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2008
    Location:
    California
  5. mzeb macrumors member

    mzeb

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2007
    #5
    I'm using the 2015 MBP 13" and it's been pretty good for gaming. I can get Guildwars 2 running at 2560x1600 on mid/low graphics settings hitting about 30FPS. Diablo 3 runs at the same res at medium graphics and hits about 30 as well. Minecraft hits 60FP easily. For older gaming it'll be solid.
     
  6. Skald thread starter macrumors member

    Skald

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2008
    Location:
    California
    #6
    Thank you mzeb.
     

Share This Page