Macbook and Macbook Pro WoW performance

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by KurtangleTN, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. KurtangleTN macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2007
    My friend is looking for a Mac laptop for his graduation gift, he's been looking at and his main this is playing World of Warcraft on it. Now he was looking at the MBP but I was thinking the MB would be fine for what he needs, although I'm a bit worried about the GMA card.

    Anyone with a current C2D Macbook can tell how it runs?

  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    runs fine. you can't turn the details all the way up. more mid/lower settings, but like i said it runs just fine under OS X. the other option would be to install Windows and use boot camp to run it under XP which has dynamic allocation of memory for the GMA950 if i recall correctly.
  3. odinsride macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    #3's a matter of opinion. :)

    I have a Macbook and I would barely say that WoW runs 'fine'. I run with everything turned to low and get about 15-20fps tops. Not playable in my opinion. Of course, I am used to playing at everything maxed on my gaming rig. If your friend is used to a high end PC running WoW, he will be disappointed if he tries to play on the Macbook. Tell him to go for the MBP. Trust me.
  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    well of course it runs fine. i didn't say that you could max everything out. also depends on how much RAM you have. its playable on the MB, heck its playable on my Rev A 12" powerbook!
  5. Winterfell macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2007
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    If he plays WoW a lot he really needs to invest in a MacBook Pro.

    I can't say how well it runs on a MacBook, but without a graphics card (i.e. with integrated graphics) gaming performance really does suffer.

    WoW runs very well on my MBP; even with the settings on high, the game performance is nice.
  6. RaMaz macrumors regular


    Apr 6, 2007
    WoW runs great on my MacBook on OS X,

    on high settings too :D
  7. KurtangleTN thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2007
    Well, we got two different stories lol.

    I'll have to see what his definition is of fine.
  8. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    it does all depend on personal preference. if your friend wants to have settings all set to high, then definitely get a MBP. if hes okay with settings being a bit lower, go with the MB.
  9. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

    Nov 8, 2006
    Eh, I don't think the MB is going to cut it in OS X for gaming.

    I get disappointed in my FPS on my MBP (CD) with the settings all the way up.
    In Windows I get pretty great performance with the graphics card clocked up, though.

    ... But Outland throws a wrench into everything. It's not quite as nice in Outland.
  10. Winterfell macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2007
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    I don't know ... I game with my settings all the way up, and I really can't complain. I get very good performance, and very little lag. And Outland is significantly more resource-intensive than Azeroth, mainly because they had to create the environment completely different because of the flying mounts.

    The only place I lag is in Shattrah, and that's more network lag than anything else, waiting for everyone on the server to load. :p
  11. arcane macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2007
    I played WoW on a stock low-end MacBook (512MB RAM) and it ran fine. I've since upgraded to 2GB and have no complaints at all.
  12. Manic Mouse macrumors 6502a

    Manic Mouse

    Jul 12, 2006
    Just put a freaking low-end GPU as BTO in the MacBook Apple. I don't want to be forced into buying a MBP (a PROFESSIONAL laptop) just because I play a game every now and then.
  13. Littleodie914 macrumors 68000


    Jun 9, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    To the OP... Your best bet in reading this thread is to take advice from the people who are honestly "worthy" of giving it. :) For example:

    Bad advice: "Well the Macbook has integrated graphics, so it will suck."

    Bad advice: "My friend's Macbook runs horribly playing some other game that's not WOW."

    Good advice: "I own a Macbook, and have played WOW on it frequently. It runs fine, given you don't turn the graphics up full bore. Even low-medium it runs great, I've never noticed any stuttering or lag."
  14. odinsride macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    To the people who have this opinion on running wow on a Macbook, I'd like to know what you're doing that I'm not.

    I have turned down everything as low as it goes, getting 15-20fps is hardly 'Fine' imo, as I have previously stated. If you can't notice that the game is running like crap then I applaud you for not having to spend more money for a MBP. But for me, it simply isn't playable on my Macbook.
  15. Airforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    Wow on the fine if you want to play the game with out any appealing looks. All settings to low, it will play, stutter here and there, but will be playable. If someone can afford a Macbook Pro, go for it. The Macbook is NOT a suitable choice for playing WoW in my opinion.
  16. arcane macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2007

    TBH, I just used the default install. Didn't adjust any of the graphics settings or anything. I made no attempt at calculating framerate, but it was in no way laggy or slow looking, for what that's worth.
  17. odinsride macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    To each his own :)
  18. airfang macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2007
    <- MacBook, default setting runs fine and is indeed PLAYABLE

    <- MacBook Pro, you get better and smoother gameplay experience and is indeed ENJOYABLE
  19. fall3n macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2006
    If he's going to be playing WoW alot, then why not go for an iMac, unless he realllllly has to have portable. He'll get a lot more out of an iMac.
  20. senc01a macrumors regular

    May 31, 2007
    That is absolutely ridiculous.
    I've played A LOT of Wow on a Mac mini coreduo and a lot of Wow (I mean, a lot) on a Macbook.
    Both of them have awfull performance on OSX. In Windows Xp you can run it at barely 30fps with medium-low details but I strongly recomend a MBP if your friend wants to play wow intensively.
  21. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    I strongly recommend a Macbook Pro.

    World of Warcraft runs on a Macbook, but it does not run well. It's playable, but it's not great. I know people who do play World of Warcraft on their Macbooks, and they find the performance and low framerates acceptable, but I personally couldn't stand it.

    Edit: Old thread alert.
  22. ischemic macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Edinburgh, UK
    Does it not depend if you raid or not. Raiding with 25 people and all the various mods that go with that drags my desktop PC from 60fps when wondering around azeroth to around 15-20fps if I'm lucky. Can anyone who raids a lot tell us how well it runs on a Macbook?
  23. Dynamyk macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2005
    I play it on low-mid settings and it runs smooth.

    The 2 GB definitely help.
  24. aliquis- macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2007
    Don't even think about playing on the integrated Intel graphics. Buy a MBP if decent graphics performance is ok, get a gaming PC if you want something really good.

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