I got the MacBook to game on

lite426

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Some of you might think that's strange. But I wanted a laptop that I could game on without the fans whirring up and so far, I'm pleased with how well the games I play (Source games) run on OS X. The MacBook has surprised me in this area. I thought throttling and heat would be a problem. But I suppose I'll have to reserve judgment until summer.
 

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Given the CPU/GPU selection and being fanless (read throttling), I don't think the MacBook is the best choice for gaming - that's just me.
 
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It really depends on what kind of games. Old games, indies, and adventure games (like Stasis, an awesome new game that runs great) are some of the types of games that'll work fine. It's not a 3D gaming machine by a long stretch, but it can handle a fair share of titles.
 
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lite426

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Given the CPU/GPU selection and being fanless (read throttling), I don't think the MacBook is the best choice for gaming - that's just me.

The being fanless is exactly why it's a good choice for gaming, for me.
 
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The being fanless is exactly why it's a good choice for gaming, for me.
I understand your point but given the heat that will generate from game playing, the CPU will be throttled since there's only passive heat dissipation
 
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lite426

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I understand your point but given the heat that will generate from game playing, the CPU will be throttled since there's only passive heat dissipation
So far I'm surprised I haven't really noticed throttling. Maybe in the hotter summer days it'll be more noticeable.
 
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I've played once on the rMB and I was surprised how well it handle gaming.

And this is comparing with a monster PC rig I've home: 34" curved + GT980 Overclocked + I7 4790K 4.0GHZ + 16GO ram + 500 Samsung SSD...
 
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sakabaro

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[Troll Mode ON] Maybe because it doesn't have a buggy ATI GPU in it like Macs with discrete GPUs have.
 
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Queen6

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When I first got my 1.2 I tried a few things out, if you elevate the rear, or better still have a small powered cooler the rMB can hold 2Ghz all day long, even under full CPU load.

As for games I have played a heavily modified version of System Shock 2, Amnesia the Dark Decent, Stasis and most demanding Doom 3. As long as you are realistic with the settings the rMB copes reasonably well. All the same it`s far from a gaming system :)

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