Gaming on Windows on a MBP?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by LathspeLL, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. LathspeLL macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2007
    For MacBook Pro owners, how well your games perform on Windows?

    Which games you have tried so far? Did you try latest games? (MoH: Airborne, Bioshock, TF2, etc...) What is your average frame per second?

    Which method do you use? BootCamp? Parallels? Vmware?
    Which one performs the best for gaming?

    Do you experiance any problems with Windows? Can I leave MBP open for 24/7? Is there any heat problem or compatibility issues?
  2. DaveF macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    I've run StarCraft and UT 2004 (demo) with no problems. I tried the beginning of Half Life 2 demo, and it worked well; I'll buy that later this year. I've not tried any new games yet.

    Parallels is not suitable for 3D games. It only supports DX8, I believe and is just not fast enough for anything graphically intensive. Maybe StarCraft would work?

    I leave my MBP on 24/7. Any modern computer (past 10 years) can be left on continuously, unless you want to reduce your electric bill as much as possible.
  3. Detektiv-Pinky macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2006
    Berlin, Germany
    Just curious, why do you leave your MBP running all the time? What is it doing while you are not using it?

    I know that people run servers on notebooks - not sure that the Harddisks are specified for this type of usage. I usually switch my MBP to standby when I am not using it. It takes no time at all (to shutdown and wake-up) and I just feel that it is a waste to let something run while I am not using it...
  4. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Some theories suggest that turning it off and on is harder on the machine. I upgrade cycle is between 2 to 4 years so it I turn my off if I am not using mine.
  5. DaveF macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    There's not benefit in shutting it off, except minor power savings. But it's much more convenient to leave it on all the time; in particular it's faster to get going again when I want to use it. My wife's G5 also runs 24/7. Besides, when idle, the machines go to sleep for minimal power usage.
  6. Detektiv-Pinky macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2006
    Berlin, Germany
    OK, maybe some misunderstanding here. I myself are not shutting the machine down - I am putting it into sleep mode (Power button - press Tab once - Spacebar). All the applications stay open, restart is immediate.

    I thought that you have it running all the time, in the sense of sitting idle or doing some server tasks...
  7. dimme macrumors 65816

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    I run flight simulator X on windows XP and boot camp. I am very happy with the performance. My only issue is the heat generated after a long session. My CPU is about 75C and the GPU is about 80C after about 30 minutes never any hotter. Will this hurt the computer over time or is that the way they are now.
  8. vagarach macrumors member

    May 14, 2007
    So far I've tried Bioshock, doom 3, Half Life 2: Lost Coast, and GTR2.

    All work flawlessly, just bioshock the res has to be turned down to 1024x600 to get fluid speeds with everything on (DX10). The other games, being from the last generation, run very fast!

    I have installed a fan controller (inputremapper 1.04) and cpu throttle controller (rightmark cpu clock) to put the fans on near max and keep the cpu throttled to only 1.8Ghz. This means that temps stay right around 60C, which is not as insanely high as they get if you just run the games on a plain installation.
  9. ozziegn macrumors 6502a


    Aug 16, 2007
    Central FL Area
    I play HL2 in XP under Boot Camp and it runs just fine. I run the game at 1920 x 1200 and it runs silky smooth.
  10. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    alt - command - eject works too..and easier :)
  11. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    my MBP runs oblivion at 40-60 fps with mid-high settings and tiberum wars on high..both at native resolution did you get your mbp to run 1900x1200 in bootcamp? I can't get mine to work under DVI.
  12. regis4u macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2007
    What about networking?

    Has anyone tried playing a windows game online?
  13. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    bootcamp is basically a mac booting into windows

    it can do everything a windows computer running vista can..including playing online in a windows game
  14. Alorain macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2007
    Games i have tried on my 2.33 C2D MBP

    BF: 2142
    TES IV: Oblivion
    Battlestations Midway
    Medieval 2: Total War
    Armed Assault
    Last Chaos (Online MMORPG)

    numerous others, everything runs great, some need to be turn down to med-high to get nice frames (40 FPS). MBP is a monster.... keep it tied up when not in use...
  15. powz macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2007
    I like to use my SR MBP 2.2 Ghz in Bootcamp to get my RTS fix. Games that I've tried and run well on medium-max settings include:

    Company of Heroes (and the expansion, Opposing Fronts)
    C&C Tiberium Wars
    World in Conflict (Beta)

    The main concern isn't really not being able to run games but the heat generated. If I leave everything on default my CPU and GPU temps get into the low 80's C. Usually I crank up the fans (using SMC Controller in OS X before rebooting into Windows) and use a notebook cooling pad to bring the temperatures down to more reasonable levels.

    Would you mind providing links to these programs? Would be great to be able to adjust fans speeds in Windows and not just OS X. Thanks.
  16. zeganso macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2007
    I'm still amazed with this machine running windows. It works better than my pc.:eek:

    I've played BF2 online, and the new games running on pixel shader 3: bioshock and medal of honor: airborne. They all run fluidly even in the higher resolutions.
    Unfortunately, the temps tend to rise, and honestly, i'm not that comfortable having the machine @ high temps.

    Enjoy your mbp.
  17. holybatfart macrumors member


    Mar 21, 2007
    The MacBook Pro can definitely handle itself when it comes to gaming.
    I've played all of these on high or highest settings all at max resolution, except for BF2 (doesn't support widescreen):
    HL2, CSS, TF2, and other Source games
    Medieval Total War II
    Medal of Honor Airborne Demo
    World in Conflict Beta
    Quake Wars Beta (terrible game)
    Far Cry
    list goes on...

    I keep a fan on the desk which keeps it cooler. :D
  18. andrewt1187 macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2007
    In regards to the heat issue, I wouldn't worry about it.

    a) Today's components are built to just shutdown if they even approach bad temps. (You would really have to stress the GPU to burn it out.)

    b) People always complain about the MBP's heat. Keep in mind that the case is metal. Most laptops aren't. That is why the case gets so hot. If anything, this helps cooling. The case acts as a giant heat sink; pulling hot air from inside and depositing it outside.

    With regards to actual gaming, the MBP has done very well. I have only the 128MB version, but it runs HL2 at native res (1440x900) completely maxed out. For Lost Coast, with the HDR, it runs ~30-40 FPS maxed out (everything highest, AA/AF turned all the way up). It looks purdy.

    I run the Crysis beta at 1440x900 with most everything turned to Medium (cept shadows). It pulls that out with 30FPS. I'm hoping for better performance from the demo.

    Overall, I'm happy with the performance.
  19. /V\acpower macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2007
    Bougth The Orange Box (Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress 2), running very fine at 1400x900, every effect on, except AA at 2x. I have a 2.2 SR MBP.

    Played a lot in the past week, NO prob at all.
  20. toonz macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2007
    Have you guys with the 2.2GHz MBP tried Supreme Commander/World in Conflict yet?

    I'm still stuck between the 2.2GHz MBP or 2.4GHz MBP... with the price diff I could upgrade RAM and HDD, but just still not convinced on the 128MB cards gaming.

    Note, I don't tend to play many FPS games...
  21. powz macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2007
    I've played both and they ran very well on my SR 2.2.
  22. Cerebrum macrumors regular


    Mar 31, 2006
    Boston, MA
    Yeah, gaming for me, at least in Windows, has always been significantly better than in Mac OS. Faster FPS for most games like WoW.
  23. Ariez macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2007
    Light gaming sure, but if you want to game wont handle it.
  24. DFModMaster macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2009
    I have one of the latest generation MBPs (15 in, nVidia 9600M (dedicated), etc) and I am having trouble with Supreme Commander over Parallels 4. I launch the game, it gives me a splash, changes the desktop size for a moment, then says, "Please ensure your computer meets minimum specifications". My computer meets the specs with flying colors.

    I am running parallels off of an external hard drive, but due to some strange circumstances I have to place Supreme Commander on the hard drive, not the virtual machine (the HD reads as a network drive, but everything else is fine).

    Is there any way I can fix this?
  25. dimme macrumors 65816

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    You may need to use boot camp. Virtualization does not handle games well.

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