Gaming Performance on MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Delok, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. Delok macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2014
    Hi guys,

    I just bought a MacBook Pro and I think that the gaming performance is pretty poor.
    Is there any way to improve it or can you at least provide me some information about your experiences with gaming on a MacBook Pro?

    I have the late 2013 retina version with a 2.4 Intel Core i5 and 8GB of RAM.
    I know that this laptop isn't meant for gaming and I wouldn't mind not being able to play games on it, but I think that the performance should be better.

    I tried playing Portal 1, Minecraft and The Cave and all three had a pretty bad framerate (I guess Minecraft is fine, but the other games aren't).
    I just would like to know if I could do anything to improve it.
  2. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Portal 1 should actually run very well on 1280x900 or 1440x900. No idea about The Cave as I never played it. All performance problems with Minecraft are because of their rather innefficient renderer.
  3. Cloudsurfer macrumors 65816


    Apr 12, 2007
    What do you mean Portal and bad frame rates? My 2010 13" MBP can run Portal with most settings maxed out with a good frame rate. (±60fps)

    The Haswell MBP shouldn't have the slightest problem running Portal.
  4. iMacFarlane macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Adrift in a sea of possibilities
    I'm gaming on the non-retina predecessor to your MBP, the 2012 13" with the HD 4000 graphics.

    All games below are at medium gfx settings, native (1280 x 800) resolution:

    Portal I and II, HL2 - buttery smooth framerates
    Starcraft II - 20-30 fps
    Skyrim - no ENB mods - 20-30 fps
    Skyrim - Climates of Tamriel or an ENB - unplayable (2-8 fps)

    YMMV since you are retina and your HD 5000 (better) has to push so, so many more pixels (worse)
  5. Delok thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2014
    Thank you for your replies, I don't know why but I just tried Portal and it worked better than ever. The framerate still drops occasionally though.
    I guess I judged the performance a little bit too early...
  6. Barney63 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2014
    Bolton, UK.
    You say that you have just bought your rMBP.
    Has it finished indexing?
    That could cause some issues.

  7. Delok thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2014
    Indexing? I could tell you if i knew what that means.
  8. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    It's because you are running it at native resolution. Go down to 1440x900, and it will run very nicely.
  9. Barney63 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2014
    Bolton, UK.
    When you first start using your MBP, Spotlight searches ALL the files on your Macintosh HD to enable fast searches, if it is still doing this it will slow down other processes.

  10. Vanilla35 macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    You're probably running it at native resolution, which is double that of normal res. bring it down to 1440x900
  11. blooperz macrumors 6502

    Dec 10, 2013
    Your never going to be able to do any serious gaming on that machine, it's just not designed for it. That being said make sure you crank down the resolution, the integrated Iris just isn't capable of pushing that many pixels under those conditions.
  12. TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    You have to make sure that games aren't set to the native resolution of the screen. Most dGPUs can't handle 2560x1600 native with high frame rates, let alone an iGPU.

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