How is Portal 2 on a basic 11" Air ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by yly3, May 9, 2011.

  1. yly3, May 9, 2011
    Last edited: May 9, 2011

    yly3 macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2011
    ..with 128SSD but I do not think that matters. I saw reviews over here and most of them were impresively good, however on I also read that it chockes badly on the ultimate, so I need more opinions from the basic users. I am tempted to buy it via Steam but I don't want to pay 38EUR for a game that would lag.

    On OS X of course.
    And it's 10.6.7
  2. striker33 macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2010
  3. yly3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2011
    That was the video I was referring to about choppiness

    "11.6 1.6 and 4 GB was choppy in OS X. Installed a Bootcamp Windows 7 Partition & now it plays very smoothly at native Res and High/ Med settings.

    xenonexe2558 2 weeks ago"
  4. SR71 macrumors 68000

    Jan 12, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I am 100% confident in saying that the person who posted that comment updated their MacBook Air to Mac OS X 10.6.7 by doing the Combo Update through Software When doing this, it causes your FPS to drop by 30-50% when playing videos and games.

    To fix this, follow the instructions in this post:

    That will assure that you have no decrease in graphics performance, and I have seen the difference and it is night and day. When I first got my MacBook Air, I updated using the Combo Update in Software I then installed Portal 2 for Mac OS X from Steam. When I finally got to playing it, I was getting between 10-20 FPS and my settings were at 1280x768 resolution, medium settings, MSAA off, and trilinear filtering. I was extremely unhappy with these results after hearing that people were getting 45+FPS and I set out to figure out what the problem was.

    After searching a bit I came across that thread. After reading the thread, I got my Software Reinstall Drive that came with my MacBook Air and plugged it in. I then rebooted my Mac and downgraded back to Mac OS X 10.6.5 (when you go from 10.6.7 back to 10.6.5, you DONT HAVE TO WIPE your SSD, you can just leave it as is and downgrade without removing your programs/applications).

    After the installation process completed, I rebooted my MacBook Air and followed the directions in the post and applied all the updates one by one. After I finished installing all the updates until I was back on Mac OS X 10.6.7, I tried out Portal 2 again.

    Portal 2 loaded up, and BOOM, super smooth 45+ FPS, it was perfect. I was running it at native res (1440x900), high settings, 2xMSAA, and trilinear filtering.

    So yeah, follow the instructions in that thread and don't worry about downgrading as you don't have to change anything on your Mac and none of your files, programs, or applications need to be removed. All that will be changed is the version of Mac OS X that is installed on your MacBook Air.

    If you need the link to the thread again, here it is:

    Also, this is on a 13"/4GB RAM/128GB SSD MacBook Air.

    Good luck! :)
  5. striker33 macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2010
    Cheers for that advice, will be sure to do that when I get my SB Air, that is of course only if an update hasnt been issued by then to fix the issue.

    Any word on if this affected any MacBooks other than the Air?

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