Gaming on the New MacBook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Deagon, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. Deagon macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2014
    The HD5000 was pretty good over all ,but I was wondering how much better the HD6000 will be for light gaming?
  2. guychicago macrumors 6502


    Jan 25, 2010
    Intel mentioned 22% better performance over the previous generation.
  3. UrbanGeek macrumors newbie


    Mar 9, 2015
    DFW, Texas
    What kind of gaming is possible? Games like World of Warcraft?
  4. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I played the new SimCity on here before without much trouble. You can't jack all the graphics sliders all the way up, but it was much improved over the $250 Gateway notebook I had with a Celeron CPU and 2GB of RAM.
  5. Paulg2uk macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2008
    What about games like Hitman absolution, Batman Arkham games? Grand theft auto V is definitely out of the question as you need a quad core to run it.
  6. abta1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2010
    Paris, France
    I play Minecraft at 1080p on my 2013 11" MBA (HD5000) with external display and its more than playable. I also play Starcraft 2 at a lower res with medium details and it's also playable at about 20-30 fps.

    So I would say that even newer games can be played at lower res and reduced detail settings but it's better not to expect too much.
  7. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I don't have anything like that on a computer. I've got an Xbox 360 and Wii U for most games.
  8. Paulg2uk macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2008
    I don't play much on my mac to be honest but there's 2 or 3 games I love to play on my mac if i'm bored and not at home on my xbox. Hitman and batman being 2 or 3 of them. Using a 15" mid 2012 rmbp at the moment but I need to downsize for work. I was gonna go for the new macbook but with the issues of there being only one port and not enough processing speed the air is looking good. If only it had a retina screen lol. That's it no more about it now I promise lol
  9. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I only play games on mine that really benefit from computer input, such as WoW or SimCity. I haven't played WoW in a few years because I couldn't justify $15 per month after a few months, and I haven't really played anything at all this year because school takes up too much time. Thus I play time-wasters on iPad mostly.
  10. Lindberg macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    Denmark, Aarhus
    Could be nice to see comparison between the 2014 and 2015 MBA in games like StarCraft and CoD.

    20 % higher fps would be great.
  11. Paulg2uk macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2008
    I'm going to the Apple store tomorrow to check out the MBA. I'll probably wait till next month when the RMB is released just to see what all the fuss is about. I don't suppose it will happen but what are the chances of Apple updating the air quietly with a Retina screen on the 10th? Zero but I can only hope lol
  12. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
  13. newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    East of Eden
    I posted this in another thread. Both machines were run up to 79-81 degrees C at the CPU before running the benchmark.

  14. erasr macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    How does the new Cities perform? If you don't know about this game then I'd recommend reading up on it. It's a Sim City beater.

    I just wonder if it's less intensive than Sim City?
  15. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    It plays many many games just fine.
  16. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    Do you mean a gaming machine like a full-size ATX tower case with liquid cooling and SLI'ed, overclocked GPUs that needs 800W just to POST?

    Because you're right, the ~3 lbs. ultrathin MacBook Air is not one of those computers. Well noticed.
  17. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012

    No I mean like an Asus gaming laptop that can handle popular games.
  18. masterpace macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2008
    Or a Razer Blade, which acts as a sleek gaming ultrabook with powerful GPU (Nvidia 970m) that even blows a rMBP 15 (750m) out of the water.
  19. Aegelward macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2005
    You can generally get more than you expect, but within reason. Your exactly going to be playing Battlefield at Ultra settings with Intel HD graphics.

    To get the best performance you really need Windows however, Direct X is far, far more optimised, combined with OSX using a relatively old version of OpenGL, and the drivers being comparatively unoptimised. I can only hope that Apple decide to embrace the OGL group's next generation technology known as Vulkan.

    Problem with gaming under windows on a modern macbook is that the lower capacity drives (128/256) are a little stingy for installing a windows partition, unless you can successfully install one on a USB 3.0 drive these days.

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