Gaming performance change from 15" to 17"? [Both i7]

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by louis0nfire, May 10, 2010.

  1. louis0nfire macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2008
    How much does the resolution bump affect gaming..being that the GPU is the same in each?
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    That depends on the resolution you choose to play with.

    The 17" is capable of gaming with 1280 x 800, the same with the 15".

    But 1920 x 1200 will be slower than 1440 x 900 or 1680 x 1050.
  3. louis0nfire thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2008
    Oh I know, but in my experience, playing at any resolution other than native makes things really blurry.
  4. neteng101 macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2009
    If you're serious about gaming, get a desktop PC. Otherwise, your best bet is a 15" lo-res i7.
  5. louis0nfire thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2008
    I have a gaming PC, I just want to play a few games on it around my house.
  6. Thunder82 macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Oh so many threads about gaming on different resolutions :)

    If all your doing is gaming, get the i7 low res. If you'll be doing other things with your MBP (and your eyes can handle it) get the high res. Most games are playing just fine at 1680, and playing them at non-native res isn't too bad either.
  7. Lyshen macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2008
    If you're comparing the 15" 1440x900 res to 17" 1920x1200, thats a significant increase in resolution. If the options in graphics stayed the same, across the board I'd say you're looking at around 15-20% hit in frame rates... possibly even more depending on the game.

    This is based on what I've seen on mainstream graphic cards performance testing when increasing resolution without changing any graphic options.

    And also, I'm kinda in the same boat as you (OP) as well. I have a desktop i7 Win7 computer I use for gaming only, but I rarely use it and game more on my MBP i7 lately. It's just more convenient when gaming on the go.

    (Kind of makes me sad that I spent that much on my desktop to not really use it lol)
  8. louis0nfire thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2008
    Yeah that's what I'm comparing. I wish I could get 1680x1050 on the 17"
  9. Garrus macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2010
    it depends, some res look better than other (1280x800 usually look great on 1680x1050 screens for example)
  10. f2tai macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2010
    If you go hi-res 15" i7, you can get 1680x1050 - I am currently playing SC2 beta and its playing fine at 1680x1050. Not cranked up to high, but nice enough for a mbp :)

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