How do non native resolutions look on macbook pro's specifically in videos games?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by The Final Cut, May 4, 2010.

  1. The Final Cut macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2009
    Thinking about getting an i5 17" model for some mid range gaming. I know that the 1920 screen is going to destroy the frame rates, so I was thinking of running some games @ 1280 x 720p and such.
  2. kenstee macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2005
    Non-native resolutions on this or any other screen/monitor from any manufacturer typically look crappy.
  3. ozreth macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    From everythg Ive read around here it dosent look like the higher resolution will have too big of an impact on your fps.
  4. yensteel macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2009
    Gaming in a non-native resolution is fine for me. Visually, It doesn't appear to be too blurry for me when the resolution isn't native.

    The annoyance with using non-native resolutions would be more apparent you are browsing and working with office programs, where the clarity of text is more important and noticeable.

    I play most of my intensive games at 1280x800 on my 24" LED cinema display when it's hooked up to my macbook pro (C2D 2.66ghz 9600m). There's not a lot of recent 3D games that can be run at 1920x1200 for my macbook pro.

    Changing the resolution does influence the performance a lot. Also, It is sometimes more worthwhile to turn down the resolution instead of turning all of the graphics candies off just to keep the native resolution.

    For example, I tried to play Red Alert 3 on 1920x1200, and Even if I turn all of the settings down to the lowest (which makes it look horrible), the game laggs a bit. Now, when I changed the resolution to 1280x800, Even at medium settings the game is playable.

    Since you will be getting a 2010 Macbook Pro, your gaming experience will be better than mine. Maybe you can even play games like Red alert 3 at 1920x1200 well :)
  5. striatedglutes macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2009
    If you have a photographic memory at all, or have any idea of how things "should" look like (crosshairs, edges of shapes) you will most likely hate it.

    FWIW, I would rather play a game on low settings, native resolution than high settings, non-native resolution.
  6. ozreth macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    This seems exaggerated and unlikely unless you are playing with the 256mb gpu and 2gb of RAM...
  7. spokk macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2010
    I am also wondering this

    I have ordered a macbook 15" with the high res screen

    How does 1280x768 look in Windows while gaming? How does even lower resolutions like 800x600 look?

    Anyone tried?
  8. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    This is all my personal preference, but I'd run a game at native resolution regardless if I had to turn some gfx settings down.

    Typically higher resolution will only put a dent on the gpu performance if it's combined with a lot of AA. Speaking of AA, it's one of the things that taxes the gpu the most, and most modern games don't even really need it. I tend to play all my games at native resolution and no AA.
  9. spokk macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2010
    yes, but has anyone tried say 800x600 in Windows on the high res screen?

    i REALLY want to know how it looks? For older games for example..
  10. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

    Mar 18, 2010
    It will look bad. Stretched + distorted not to mention blurry. But that's going to happen on any lcd screen.
  11. Benjones-KY macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2010
    800x600 will look pretty terrible...

    For the person who said there is little difference in FPS when you up the resoution... wat? Resolution tanks frames in most games more than upping details. Especially if you're bumping it to 1200p. The 330m can usually run newer games in 720p pretty good though.

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