Macbook C2D + Bootcamp + World of Warcraft

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  1. ProstheticHead macrumors 6502

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    A friend of mine has a C2D 2.0 blackbook, and I loaded WoW onto it for him the other day with rather dull results. Game played around 20fps with all settings set to a minimum. I told him that due to his integrated chip, he probably wasn't going to expect anything too fantastic.

    However, we were curious if anyone out there has ever tried loading WoW onto XP via bootcamp, and what the performance would be therein? I've heard that in XP the GMA950 can share up to 224mb of RAM so I assume that could increase playability a bit more than the meager 64mb offered under OSX. We didn't have a handy copy of XP to load up, so rather than track one down we were hoping someone out there has already tried it! :p

    Has anyone tried WoW under bootcamp XP?
     
  2. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    20 fps is quite good. Movies are shown at 29fps. Why need so many FPS?
     
  3. ProstheticHead thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The issue was that he could only get 20fps with all settings on minimum and wanted to know if there were a way to be able to enjoy at least a little bit of the pretty graphics in WoW. I'm guessing performance won't be that much of a difference, so I'll let him know he's SOL. :D
     
  4. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

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    Running WoW in XP using Boot Camp will get you much better results on all Mac laptops.

    I found that w/ 2GB of RAM on an older Dell that ran 1.83GHz Core Duo with GMA950 that at 1440x900 I got a respectable framerate in XP.
     
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frames_per_second

     
  6. ProstheticHead thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Alright thanks! Yeah I thought that I might be able to achieve some decent performance if I got him to put XP on there. Now we just have to track down a copy of XP if he really is serious about playing WoW on it. :D
     
  7. Spoony Bard macrumors regular

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    Games are not equivalent to movies when it comes to FPS. The FPS required for smooth playback on a TV screen or in a theater is quite different from what's required to make a game appear smooth.

    20 FPS is pretty bad when it comes to games.
     
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  9. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Why?

    The OP is just being picky. 20fps is XLNT coming from a low cost budget laptop like the MacBook.
     
  10. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    but..if he upped the graphics it would be lower..hence the question

    20 is playable sure
     
  11. Spoony Bard macrumors regular

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    Are you asking why games and TV different or why 20FPS is pretty bad for games? Either way, check out the Wiki link that was posted above for a more technical explanation. There's a noticeable stutter for anything that's in motion if a game is running @ just 20FPS. Some people don't mind it, but I can't stand it.
     
  12. ProstheticHead thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So I want to make my friend have the most enjoyable gaming experience possible, is that such a crime? :p
     
  13. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

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    I love the MacBook for what it is -- it's not targeted at gaming, but it's not a budget laptop. It's definitely worth every penny, though.

    You could easily get a much better gaming-specced laptop that will king the MacBook's heiny in WoW FPS for less than the $1099, but the MacBook is a great deal performance-wise for non-gaming.
     

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