Gamming Fight

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by newmacnooby, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. newmacnooby macrumors regular

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    hi i need a mac for school and i waited till the end to get the new ipod.
    i will be using it mostly for school but plan on gaiming on it (a lot actually)

    so i wanted to know how much of an impact would i have between a mbp 15" i7 with 512mb vram vs mbp17 vs Imac i5 quad core with 1gb vram.

    i thought that maybe beacuse the stupidly hughr res of the imac (not complaining) frames woulb be about the same.

    any thoughts? thanks a lot.
     
  2. menomano macrumors member

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  3. newmacnooby thread starter macrumors regular

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    playing games.
    sorry about that
     
  4. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Honestly, for gaming, both machines are quite mediocre. BootCamp is really the only option if you want really good frames (while the recent graphics update did improve performance a noticeable amount under OS X, I still notice about a 20-25% difference in frames in the favor of Windows 7 on my MBP). Also, depends what games you're looking to play.

    Oh, and if someone comes linking the barefeats test of 256 vs 512MB, don't listen to it. He "tests" using ancient, ancient games.
     
  5. newmacnooby thread starter macrumors regular

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    i would be playing under windows on whatever machine i choose. i will be playing the witcher, NWN 2, Mass Effect 2, Arcania: Gothic 4, and Fable 3. Mostly RPGs.
     
  6. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Don't see why you'd have any problems with those games. Though Fable 3 might run like crap once it comes out, but who knows.
     
  7. newmacnooby thread starter macrumors regular

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    really? could i play mass effect 2 on any mac i choose at its best?
    why do you say fable 3 willl run like crap? even on the imac?
     
  8. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Don't know about it's best, but pretty close I'd imagine. Well, the iMac's graphics card isn't really that great in the big picture, not bad, but not great. My guess is that Fable 3 wouldn't run at high settings on an iMac (the resolution playing a big role in that), but the system requirements aren't even out yet so I can't truly judge.
     
  9. newmacnooby thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah i know tha res is just beauifull for photography (wich ill be doing a lot) and design but its a kick to the family jewels when it comes to gaming or any form of entertainment for that matter.

    but anyone knows how much of an impact between all the macs listed?
     
  10. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

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    The iMac will offer better performance, but neither will allow you to run newer games (mass effect, fable 3...) at high settings. If you're running windows anyway, consider this:

    Mac mini or 13" MB + nice 21-27" display + cheap gaming PC

    You're going to get much better gaming performance, still have the mac advantage for everyday use and get a nice big display all for a similar price to the iMac.
     
  11. newmacnooby thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks but that is def not an aption. ill be using mi imac intensively for college and i dont think a macmini can handle it.
     

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