HL2 on 13" MBP i5 rocks!!!

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  1. prism macrumors 6502a

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    I just sold my 2010 15" i5 for a very good price and bought the 2011 13" i5.
    I dont do much gaming but always went for a laptop with a good GPU so I was a bit hesitant with the HD 3000 after reading some of the posts on this forum.
    Well, I for one am a very happy camper. I fired up Half Life 2 and was very impressed with the native resolution results! I realize this is an old game and I realize that its not a fair comparison with my 2010 15" which had a HR screen but boy I wasnt expecting it to be this good!!!
    Anyways, FWIW, I just wanted to share my personal experience on this ongoing debate.
     
  2. ddehr026 macrumors 6502

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    Are you running in osx or windows? And do you have an average framerate you could share? Thanks!
     
  3. prism thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Actually running on OSX, havent had time to bootcamp windows and also I was curious after reading the anand review. I guess I am in the 40-50fps range.
     
  4. ddehr026 macrumors 6502

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    Cool. What do you have the gfx settings at?
     
  5. prism thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Dont remember, would have to check again, but it was running native and the detail seems very sharp. The odd thing is that it really felt more fluid than the 2010 15" i5 I had previously which I find rather astonishing.
     
  6. ddehr026 macrumors 6502

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    Maybe because it was running at 1280*800...Shouldn't take as much power?
     
  7. adztaylor macrumors 68000

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    Congrats on your purchase! Glad your satisfied with it. I'm happy with mine :)
     
  8. prism thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thats probably the case, the screen rez plays a significant role but the key here is playing in native rez and it just works great on this puppy.
     
  9. prism thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, same here, I am impressed as to the change from 2010!
     
  10. mark28 macrumors 68000

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    Half life 2 runs even maxed out on an ancient computer with a pentium 4. :p
     
  11. prism thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure about that, for example, on my 2010 15" equipped with a way more powerful 330m, it didnt run as well!
     
  12. ddehr026 macrumors 6502

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    Definitely not true.
     
  13. prism thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thats what I thought too!
     
  14. mark28 macrumors 68000

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    Yes it does. :rolleyes:

    In my garage I still have an old PC from 2001 or something, it maxed out games like HL2 without a problem with the ATI 2600. ( it originally had an ATI 9800 pro but I had to replace it cause it broke )

    You think nobody could run HL2 back in the old days? It ran even fine with the ATI 9800 pro.

    I would hardly describe maxing out HL2 as an accompllishment :p
     
  15. leman macrumors 604

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    I remember playing HL2 on a Nvidia 7600gt :) Given that HD3000 should be around performance levels of a 8600gt, its not surprising it can play HL2.
     
  16. Nathe macrumors member

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    I highly doubt this, maybe it ran well in 1024x768 or some other lowish res, but I doubt it could max it out with full AA/Anistropic filtering/HDR/etc
     
  17. ddehr026 macrumors 6502

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    Probably more like 800*600
     
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    ddehr026 macrumors 6502

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    the 7600gt is a far cry from that other guy that says he could run it on a ati 9800 from 01.

    I would believe it ran well enough on a 7600gt :)


    I think a 9800 would give you 30-40 on low at a low res, though, possibly.
     
  19. mark28 macrumors 68000

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    A 17" LCD back in the old days had 1024 x 768. It was good specs back then. The 17" LCD's were pretty much the standard.

    AA was definetly on. I don't believe HDR was implemented back then, I believe it's something new.

    So I don't really see maxing out HL2 as a real accomplishment, which very old PC's can even do.

    So you think everybody was playing HL2 and Counterstrike Source on low details with shockingly low frame rates? :p

    ( counterstrike source was a bit more resource hungry I remember. I had to run it at medium for some reason )
     
  20. prism thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Whatever,
    the fact that an IGP today is equivalent to a 8600gt of 2007 is pretty impressive in my books! I know that the GPU in the high end 2011 15" will blow the HD 3000 out of the water but that laptop is significantly bulkier and way more expensive which makes it a dealbreaker for me.
     
  21. ssn637 macrumors 6502

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    From the Anandtech Review
     

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  22. prism thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That is indeed awesome. I guess the windows drivers need to be tweaked somewhat to get similar or even better results.
     
  23. gullySn0wCat macrumors 6502

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    The HL2 engine now is significantly different now (called OB or 2007) compared to the one people (myself included) played on their 64mb AGP Radeon 8500 beasts back in the day, which is why it has higher system requirements.

    If you want to run with EVERYTHING (including AA) on full, you are going to need a 1gb graphics card if you want 60FPS ;-)

    I wasn't really impressed with the performance of the HD3000 but then again I play with vsync on because tearing annoys the f### out of me.
     
  24. tdream macrumors 65816

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    I was playing HL2 on a laptop I bought from aldi with the 6600gt full whack. That was 5 years ago.

    HL2 was released in 2004, so welcome to 7 years ago. It is amazing for.... wait for it... a mac. :p
     

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