How is new 2.3 MBP(lowest model) with 8gigs of RAM for gaming?

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  1. NateEssex macrumors 6502

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    I'm considering getting a new 2.3 MBP(lowest model) with 8gigs of RAM for work, but I would also use it for gaming? Will it play the new game The Secret War? How good is the video card?
     
  2. plexusnexus macrumors newbie

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    Basically, it will play most modern games at medium to high settings on 1080p or higher. You will probably only be able to play games at native resolution on low or low-medium settings. There's a lot of videos online on the topic, as well as forum posts here.

    IMO: It will play games well enough. I wouldn't ever want to buy an actual gaming laptop anyways. They all look like something a 12 year old would buy and they usually weigh anywhere between 6-9 pounds, not including the brick they come with to power them.
     
  3. leenak macrumors 68020

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    It will play whatever games. The only issue is that you would need to use Bootcamp for things like The Secret World. a 256GB drive starts to get tight if you have OSX and Windows.
     
  4. Mongol macrumors member

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    It plays them brilliantly, but this laptop is not meant for gaming.
     
  5. FastEddiebags macrumors 6502

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    That laptop should be for what ever you want it for 2k+ should guarantee it.
     
  6. golu14 macrumors regular

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    It can very well handle every game that exists today, but it with confidence, you will never regret it.
    Storage space can be a problem tho, thats why im getting an external hdd too.
    Specially for the games like x-plane 10 that take up 80gigs on the disk lol
     
  7. Mongol macrumors member

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    sure. you can play games on it, instead of a desktop, and wear out the non user replaceable keyboard, trackpad, and battery in a year, while I use it to do what it's meant to do, and use it for 3+ years.
     
  8. leman macrumors 604

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    Funny, my MBP holds up just fine for the last 2.5 year and I game on it extensively. I don't see how gaming can wear out battery (you usually game with plug in), keyboard (regular text processing is much more stressing for the keyboard) or trackpad (which you don't use at all). As so often, many words, little content.

    And BTW, of course the battery is replaceable. It costs $200 to replace it at Apple's service center. For everything else, there is warranty.



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    I take you mean The Secret World? It will play it just fine.
     
  9. golu14 macrumors regular

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    Or use it as you want, till 21dec '12 :eek:
     
  10. Vegasboricua702 macrumors member

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    Its plays fine. I play WOW, Diablo III, Skyrim, CS:S all at max settings
     
  11. NateEssex thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It actually comes with a 500 gb hd. I hope that will be enough to use Bootcamp at 256 gig each partition, or should I make one bigger than the other?

    Thanks for the info!
     
  12. plexusnexus macrumors newbie

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    Quit watching so much porn. :eek:
     
  13. leenak macrumors 68020

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    I thought you were talking about the rMBP. 500GB will be fine.
     
  14. ixodes macrumors 601

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    The graphics card is the limiting factor. As a rule, Mac's are not meant for gaming. But if you've never had a good gaming PC, you won't know the difference. No worries.
     
  15. alphaone macrumors 6502

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    It really does a great job, better than I expected it to. So far the only heavy hitting games I've tried so far have been Civ V and Battlefield 3 (both in windows), and it does a fine job. Civ V runs smoothly at 1920x1200 with everything on high and 4xMSAA and BF3 runs fine on high settings at 1680x1050 (though I turn it down to medium on multiplayer for best performance, the detail loss is hardly noticeable anyway). It can't do ultra well in BF3 like my desktop pc can, but it's great for a laptop that I use to play games on sometimes. And unlike my old MBP, the WASD keys don't get molten hot while playing games (they get a little warm, but it's fine).
     
  16. J.L.Photography macrumors 6502

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    well, my 2.3/16/256 zips through games so far.... on ultra.
     

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