Improving WoW Performace on MBP?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by jinyoungkim7, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. jinyoungkim7 macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    Hey guys, as of right now I play WoW on my base 13' mid 2010 MBP. I noticed that it gets a little hot but I heard its fine because the aluminum body dissipates the heat or something. Should I be doing anything about the heat?

    Also, I do max fps at 27 but I lag a little outside Orgrimmar where lots of people PvP and inside major cities. What can I do to upgrade my MBP to make WoW run smoother, especially when Cataclysm launches. As of right now I play on the lowest possible setting but I'd rather play at middle settings if I can. I can spend up to $150-$200 to do whatever I need.

    Thanks for the input, in advance!
  2. foiden macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2008
    I played my MBP 2009 model with medium to high settings just fine. Though to be fair, I wasn't messing inside the major cities too much. But out in the field, the game maintained a smooth and fast clip. Definitely around the speeds you quoted there. So you may be able to push up some of your specs without a noticeable decline in performance. I just don't remember the exact setting or two I didn't push up to get the other bells and whistles while maintaining the FPS. But if I remember right, there's like only 1 or 2 things in your graphics settings, that slow things down. The rest seem to hardly do anything detrimental for the graphical boost.
  3. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2006
    I don't have WoW up at the moment but if you mouse over the settings they generally say how much they impact performance, such as slightly, greatly, etc-. Don't forget there are two pages of graphics settings: graphics and advanced. I have most of my settings very low but have the distance turned up a little and set the max frame rates around 33. My Mini does get quite warm and I have been assured it is fine but it still worries me a little. I can't remember what the gaming temp was the last time I checked but I have a small, external fan cooling the case. (yeah, I know it may seem stupid to some people)
    You will probably find a lot of varied post responses on the same hardware. Obviously a big factor is individual preferences and interpretation of what quality is. Try playing with your settings and post again if you have more questions.

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