Gaming on the new macbooks

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Marky123321, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. Marky123321 macrumors newbie

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    Hey all,

    How do games run on the mac, I mean performance wise? I've seen they sell games such as Quake 4, or jedi academy. How do they run? Is there a website where there are benchmarks to view?

    Im not looking to play mighty powerful games, but it'd be nice to have the option to :)

    Im thinking of getting the 2GHZ, 2GB RAM Macbook

    Marky
     
  2. cmaier macrumors G3

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    The macbooks use integrated graphics, which is pretty weak. The games you mentioned should be playable,with decent framerates, as they are somewhat old.

    A MBP would be much better for games.
     
  3. Marky123321 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. naraic macrumors member

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    No.
    You'll have to wait a while yet, but if you're looking to dual boot it and play the games via XP, or Vista, i'm sure they'll be other benchmarks available for other systems using X3100, just make sure they use the same processor and RAM as well.
    And why bump your thread after only waiting 2hrs?? Are you in that much of a rush?
     
  5. chicagdan macrumors 6502a

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    A 3DMark03 test for the X3100 yields a score of around 1700 points ; in contrast, the 950 scored 170. Using this score as a benchmark, the X3100 is a tad below the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 (1800 points) and NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 (1900 points)

    Naturally, onboard graphics will always be worse than dedicated graphics cards, but X3100 is a quantum leap over previous Intel onboard chips. And bear in mind that video playback has always been quite good in Intel dedicated chips, gaming has been the conspicuous lag.
     
  6. ZiggyPastorius macrumors 68040

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    Has anyone happened to have tested C&C3 on them yet? Run good? At all? Kind of curious.
     
  7. thies macrumors regular

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    you might also want to keep an eye on the worldofwarcraft mac technical forum. given their rather big userbase some reports should pop up there as well sooner or later giving you some comparisons.
     
  8. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    And a 3dmark06 test puts it much further below the X1600. Come to think of it, notebookcheck's 3dmark03 results are as far away as their 06 results in my link which is why you have to take these benchmarks with a grain of salt. Its no where near as good a card as the X1600.
     
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Please don't bump your thread.

    I'll do an array of benchmarks when I get my MacBook.
     
  10. naraic macrumors member

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    Yay, can't wait for this. I'm seriously thinking about getting one too, but the Dell M1330 with the nVidia 8400m GS is quite tempting, since i can get both at arount the same price with similar specs... How much RAM are you getting with your MacBook?
     
  11. Xcolored macrumors member

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    I've tested C&C3 on both MB and MBP. On a MB, it runs okay, some lag, and really uses all of your computer (fans spin very fast, computer starts to get warm, etc.)

    On a MBP, it works amazingly, with better graphics, and the MBP handles it well (fans medium speed, stays normal temperature for a long time).

    Either way, MB isn't bad for gaming, but if you are going to be serious about gaming at all MBP is better. However, for the occasional game, a MB would be perfectly fine.

    Zack
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    1 GB

    Lag != low frames per second
     
  13. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    1 GB

    Lag != low frames per second
     
  14. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    1 GB

    Lag != low frames per second
     
  15. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

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    Don't buy a MacBook to play games on. You will be disappointed.
     
  16. Marky123321 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I bumped after 25hrs =\

    Would you prefer me to make a whole new thread just to get some benchmarks =\ Seems silly...
    Nevertheless, I appreciate your time in making the benchmarks, I'll keep a look out :)

    I mentioned in my original post, Im not looking for a macbook primarily to play games, it's just that it would be nice to have the option to play a few games if I have any spare time...
     
  17. cmaier macrumors G3

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    I've owned many computers with integrated graphics and have yet to see pne that could play any serious games more than a year after i bought it.
     
  18. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Bumping, regardless of the motives is against the rules. Just don't do it.
     
  19. unwinded macrumors regular

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    X3100 is not a quantum leap over the GMA 950 by any means. That 3DMark03 score is a mistake. My personal 3DMark03 score is around 1200 with the GMA 950. The score for X3100 is also a mistake, it gets around 1900. Here is a better link from that same website that compares all the mobile GPUs on the market. As you can see, performance is nowhere near that of the Radeon X1600 at 3708 points. Regardless, 3DMark03 is an old benchmarking application.

    Yes the X3100 is better than the GMA 950, but it isn't a LOT better like everybody around here has built it up to be. If you want to play the latest games, get an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. As stated many times, the Intel integrated chipsets can play older games and casual games just fine. For example, the Mac versions of Lego Star Wars II and WOW run at playable framerates on even the GMA 950.

    The X3100 > GMA 950 just in the same way that the GMA 950 > GMA 900 before it, but if you plan to game go elsewhere. On the windows side of things, Intel doesn't even have finalized drivers that support Hardware T&L. They've had beta drivers available for over a year that produce no notable improvements and many rendering errors. I don't know why everybody thought Hardware T&L would solve any problems with Intel integrated graphics gaming. ATI and Nvidia have had 'em for years on their integrated solutions and they aren't any better performance wise than Intel (but they have better drivers with less rendering errors). Early reviews are stating that the Apple drivers for the X3100 are currently poor, although Apple has a page posted stating that they are working on the issues.
     
  20. macdim macrumors 6502

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    I think that just HAVING hardware T&L allows some games to run, since some refuse to even initialize if it isn't detected in the hardware. The games may not be playable, but that's another story.
     
  21. compuguy1088 macrumors 6502a

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    You would probably have better performance with CnC 3, if you have 2 gigs of ram.
     
  22. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  24. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I should be able to try Sims 2 on it tonight when I get home.
     
  25. Marky123321 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great :) Looking forward to the results ;)
     

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