High Res vs Normal REs for gaming... Huge Loss?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by newmacnooby, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. newmacnooby macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2010
    im getting the i5 mbp and i want to go high-res, my only questions is if my gaming is going to be crippled by the bigger res, if so how much? i usually play RPG so fps are not such a huge deal as in FPS but still i dont want any noticeable lag... does anyone knows how much will my gaming be afected on the High res vs low ress screen?
  2. ozreth macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    I had this dilemma and after reading that insanely long gaming benchmark scores thread that started around the time the new MBPs came out I decided to go with standard res.

    In many cases people were only noticing a small difference in FPS, maybe 5 or so. Depending on the game though some people were getting a difference 10-20 fps, which can definitely hurt, especially as more graphically demanding games start to hit the market (in my case, final fantasy 14 online).

    Also, you are getting an i5, which has the 256gb gpu, which will probably have to work a little bit harder to get the gpu to reach those resolution requirements.

    In the end I'm glad I chose the standard resolution. I'll never have to wonder if my gaming performance would be better if I went with the standard res. Not to mention I already squint quite a bit when laying in bed with my laptop on my lap, smaller fonts would just be bad for me, but I don't have the best eye sight either.

    When apple releases MBP's with higher end graphics cards that can handle large resolution bumps then I will consider investing in a machine with higher res.
  3. newmacnooby thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2010
    i think the same but a 900 res is just stupid its the same as my 5 year old dell... i know being a led and all it looks a lo better but still i dont know if i will be able to live knowing that i spend 2grand on a 900 res screen.
  4. buklau macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2010
    It is highly unlikely that a simple resolution change between 1680x1050 and 1440x900 will make or break your game play, they aren't far apart at all when it comes to resolutions. The higher resolution will obviously dampen performance, but how much and how noticeable it is to you all depends on the pace of the game you're playing and how much it is already taxing your system.

    It's also possible you're caught up in marketing nomenclature. This isn't like upgrading from an standard definition resolution (640x480) to full high definition (1920x1080); the term 'high-resolution screen' is more accurately described as 'slightly higher resolution screen' that offers a bit more screen real estate for those who want it and are willing to accept the performance decrease (again the different isn't going to be earth-shattering) that comes with it.
  5. PowerGamerX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2009
    Although I love games and know what you're saying I'd go with highres. In fact, I'm about to upgrade my PowerBook to a 12" 1400x1050 display a friend had lying around.
  6. TheDrift- macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2010
    If you have the high res there is in option to change the res to a lower one if you want. So if you are struggling to play games, you can drop the res, if not you can keep the incresed res.
  7. PowerGamerX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2009
    Exactly, and the high-res just feels so nice doing other nongaming stuff.

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