is it ok to play games on mac books?

Barcafan89

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It gets hot and sometimes the fans blow i was worried in case it would get damaged. I play games like world of war craft and unescape minecraft and such I also use my mac for college work video editing and stuff.
 

emilioestevez

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I wouldn't play games that will stress your machine and turn it into a toaster oven, but MBPs are definitely capable of playing the latest games, albeit w/ reduced settings.

P.S. Hala Madrid. We're gonna win the league. :D
 
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snaky69

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It gets hot and sometimes the fans blow i was worried in case it would get damaged. I play games like world of war craft and unescape minecraft and such I also use my mac for college work video editing and stuff.
Your computer is programmed to take care of itself, don't worry about it. It's a machine. A tool. Do you worry you're going to damage your hammer when you're using it for its intended purpose? Of course not. Same goes for a computer.
 

Spudlicious

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I would say it's OK to use your computer for any purpose it's capable of. The computer serves you, not vice versa. If you play muscular graphics games on any laptop you'll hear the fan blowing hot air out, and if the laptop doesn't have a fan - talking about you, weedy Macbook - it just isn't fit for combat.
 

zoneee

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unfortunately it has very poor performance, at some point the CPU and the GPU will throttle because of heating. it happens especially on the discrete GPU models.
on the one with integrated GPU, the graphic power is even worse, unfortunately.
i had 4 different macbooks in last 2 years, tried to game with them, even on windows 10, and the only decent performance i had was with a program called throttlestop, my processor throttled at 2 ghz so the gpu wouldnt downclock.
pretty ridiculous if you ask me.
 

tubeexperience

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It gets hot and sometimes the fans blow i was worried in case it would get damaged. I play games like world of war craft and unescape minecraft and such I also use my mac for college work video editing and stuff.
The dGPU may fail after a couple of years.

Unfortunately, Apple is more concerned about aesthetics rather than durability.

Your computer is programmed to take care of itself, don't worry about it. It's a machine. A tool. Do you worry you're going to damage your hammer when you're using it for its intended purpose? Of course not. Same goes for a computer.
That's not true at all. MacBook Pros are notorious for the dGPU failing after a couple of years.

I would say it's OK to use your computer for any purpose it's capable of. The computer serves you, not vice versa. If you play muscular graphics games on any laptop you'll hear the fan blowing hot air out, and if the laptop doesn't have a fan - talking about you, weedy Macbook - it just isn't fit for combat.
Nope. The dGPU might fail after a couple of years (or less)
 

GoldfishRT

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That's not true at all. MacBook Pros are notorious for the dGPU failing after a couple of years.
Notorious? As I recall there are only 2 particular chipsets with issues:

The 2008s with nVidia 8XXX series GPUs, which was industry wide as I recall it was a problem on nVidia's end.

The 2011s with Radeon 67XX series GPUs, which was actually Apple's fault. Solder issues between the chips and the LB.

Certainly those particular models are notorious. But I don't think you can extend that to the whole of the line over the last 10 years.
 

JTToft

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Notorious? As I recall there are only 2 particular chipsets with issues:

The 2008s with nVidia 8XXX series GPUs, which was industry wide as I recall it was a problem on nVidia's end.

The 2011s with Radeon 67XX series GPUs, which was actually Apple's fault. Solder issues between the chips and the LB.
- And also 2010 with GT 330M. And Retina Mid 2012 with 650M. And Early 2013 with 650M.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203554
http://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro-videoissues/
 
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gngan

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The dGPU may fail after a couple of years.

Unfortunately, Apple is more concerned about aesthetics rather than durability.


That's not true at all. MacBook Pros are notorious for the dGPU failing after a couple of years.


Nope. The dGPU might fail after a couple of years (or less)
I don't agree with Apple's stance on the defective GPU but it's only particular year(s) of MBP that has this issue. It's not fair to say that all MBP has this issue.
 

Freyqq

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If it gets too hot, it either 1) throttles itself to reduce heat or 2) automatically shuts down. It's designed to handle the heat, so have fun!
 

tubeexperience

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I don't agree with Apple's stance on the defective GPU but it's only particular year(s) of MBP that has this issue. It's not fair to say that all MBP has this issue.
2008
2010
2011
2012
2013

Quite a troublesome record there!
 
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Merkie

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I've never had a laptop with a dGPU that didn't give me any trouble. It's been a consistent exhibition of overheating, driver issues and weird crashes for years now. I've also hardly ever used the dGPU. This time around, I specifically want my next laptop to not have a dedicated GPU.