Mac Noob - Hardware Question

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by hinduheat, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. hinduheat macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2010
    Hi All. Just got a used MacBook Pro

    I want to know if my computer is good enough to run decent caliber games Half-Life 2 engine type and the like. When I say decent... at like 50-60fps.

    Here are my specs:
    2.16 Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB 667 Mhz DDR2 SDRAM

    Chipset Model: ATY,RadeonX1600
    Type: GPU
    Bus: PCIe
    PCIe Lane Width: x16
    VRAM (Total): 128 MB

  2. aarond12 macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX USA
    You might have better frame rates if you run those games in Bootcamp mode, but yes, that computer can run those games at that frame rate. Don't jack the resolution too high -- stick with a lower resolution for faster frame rates.

    I have the previous-generation MacBook Pro with the CoreDuo (not Core2Duo) processor and it is fine for most games.

  3. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
    It should run OK. Keep the resolution down to 1280x1024 and let the engine pick the optimum settings. Half-Life 2 will do it for you in the display settings tab. Not sure about the other games.

    I got 25-30 FPS with a 1.8GHz AMD (single core) with 512MB ram and a Nvidia 5200 GT back in 2004.
  4. hinduheat thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2010
    What's bootcamp mode?
  5. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  6. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    I had those specs in a MBP. CoreDuo and x1600 are fine for older games like HL2 in Windows/Bootcamp. I have no experience with the recently available OSX versions.
  7. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Bootcamp is a utility that comes with the MacOS that allows you to create a Windows partition, install, and run Windows on your Mac. A copy of the Windows OS (not provided) is required.
  8. schimmel macrumors member


    Oct 31, 2009
    Don't run 1280x1024 on an MBP!

    If you lower the resolution, just be sure to keep the aspect ratio correct. Your Macbook Pro has a 16:10 aspect ratio, while a resolution like 1280x1024 is 5:4 - so don't use that. It will make things look distorted and ugly, as it scretches things on your screen.

    16:10 means the correlation between the horizontal and vertical (width and height) amount of pixels on your screen.

    Always aim to run the native resolution. If you need more fps, choose a 16:10 resolution like 1440x900, 1280x800, 1024x640.

    Native resolution always gives the best sharpness, but like mentioned, you gain FPS with lower resolutions.

    Best of luck.

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