Gaming on a Hi-Res Macbook 17inch screen

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Damien, Aug 11, 2007.

  1. Damien macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2004
    I am stuck between the normal and hi-res screen for the MBP.

    Cost isnt a problem, after the price of the Macbook 17inch (i get edu discount), I would pay more to ensure I got the exact one I wanted.

    But what did occur to me is that will the graphic card power that res enough? I mean, 256mb?

    How much of a drop in performance am I likely to expect?

  2. blaaat macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2007
    i would take the high-res, if a game does not run well, you can always change the game-resolution to something lower so it run's better.
  3. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Barefeats has some benchmarks of the SR 17" Hi-Res running recent games at full resolution. Check it out to give yourself a go-by (not sure if you play any of those games ;)).
  4. jrodatus macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2007
    Bear in mind that the 17" version, unlike the 15", does not use the LED display and will fade over time. Personally, I chose the latter because it has a much brighter screen (more conducive to outdoor use) with better longevity, and is about a pound and a half lighter weight.

    The 17", however, has a noticeably longer battery life and actually has better graphics performance than the 15" (the GPU and VRAM both clock notably faster). I really wouldn't worry about the larger resolution taxing the video card, especially since you can lower it if need be.

    EDIT: just realized that's actually the same link jdechko posted

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