Macbook or 13" retina for Blizzard's games?

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  1. Maccotto macrumors regular

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    Hi
    I wanna ask you this simple question because I need know if blizzard's game works good into new macbook and 13" retina.

    I don't need ultra setting but medium can be good.
    I insert the macbook because I need a notebook for portability and photoshop and macbook is better then pro retina
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    The macbook is not "better", what ever that means, it is certainly more portable and fanless if thats what you mean but thats about it.

    Other than that the rMBP will be better for everything, especially photoshop, ports, bigger screen, much faster processors that don't throttle under load for extended periods (see macbooks fanless design). Most importantly the superior graphics in the Pro will be much better for gaming.
     
  3. Blujelly macrumors 65816

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    my friend has a 15' rMBP and it runs Blizzard games extremely well on it.

    Even on high settings, I'm sure it will be fine for it.
     
  4. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816

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    If you want to play games, a Macbook is already out of the question. Its fanless so it can't run high loads for extended periods. Get a retina macbook pro instead. Its around the same price and a much more powerful computer.
     
  5. Maccotto thread starter macrumors regular

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    can be good medium 13" retina with 16 gb ram upgrade?
     
  6. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    The retina macbook pro is excellent at playing blizzard games. The 15" would be even better.
    Hearthstone, Diablo, starcraft and wow will work very good in the 13" retina. Haven't tried HotS.
     
  8. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    If you want to game a lot, get the model with the best dedicated graphic card, which means you shouldn't get a 13" Macbook Pro, and definitely not a Macbook.
     
  9. lukevr macrumors newbie

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    Hearthstone runs pretty ****** on macbooks and I think everything with os x, crashing with rainbow effect, lagging and fan is mad while playing, el capitan changed nothing in this.
    Played Hots few times half on an year ago and that was ok.
     
  10. Maccotto thread starter macrumors regular

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    Guys i come back with news .
    I going to macbook 13" but i have a little doubt: Is the display's sizegood for photoshop?
     
  11. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Well it's not going to be the best it's quite small but it's high definition so all should look good, only you can decide if it's big enough for you.
     
  12. chrisrosemusic1 macrumors 6502a

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    You're going to struggle with any gaming what so ever on an integrated GPU. On my previous 13" Retina MBP I could barely get 15fps out of Guild Wars 2 so I gave up.

    Mac's are crap for gaming.
     
  13. Maccotto thread starter macrumors regular

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    sorry if I answer you now, but I had some problem.
    I wanted an ibid has surface in last week but I understand that "retina" resolution is little bad in little displays.
    Now if surface is 12"and lightroom see small tools: how you see lightroom and photoshop tools in retina macbook/pro?

    For game I tried heroes of the storm in mac mini 2012 (i7,16gb,ssd and hd4000)and I haven't problems.
    Tomorrow will try with Diablo 3 and starcraft 2.
     
  14. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Not sure what you asking about displays, they are great when small because they give you more real estate options and are incredibly sharp, it just depends if they are big enough for what you want I can only suggest you go into a store and try them out.

    The HD4000 graphics card on that mini is pretty rubbish, any modern mac is an order of magnitude better in the GPu department.
     
  15. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I'm sorry, but it's difficult to understand what you said. I'll try to answer your question as good as I can. ;)

    "Retina resolution" is just a high PPI screen, but not everything will look too small. On the Surface, everything is 150% bigger so that all the "tools" aren't too difficult to see. The 13" Retina MacBook Pro has a similar feature. Nothing looks too small, but everything will look sharper.

    And if Lightroom and Photoshop is too small for you, then you can always attach an external LCD screen.
     
  16. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030

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    If you HAVE to have a 13" or smaller machine, get the highest end 13-inch Retina and max it the **** out. Again, as others have stated, you should be going for a 15" Retina and not a 13" Retina if you are at all serious about Blizzard Gaming or Photoshop work. But if you are insistent on the smaller size, again, highest end 13" Retina MacBook Pro. Get the i7, get 16GB of RAM, and get one size of SSD larger than what you think you'll need (so you have room in case you are wrong).
     
  17. Maccotto thread starter macrumors regular

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    Abstract You understand my problem ;)
    My fear was buy an expensive machine and i won't use it because every photoshop's tool is too small for work.

    I don't need external display because my work with notebook is very small (The big will be in my studio's pc with 17").

    Yebubbleman i understand your tips but i have actually a 16.4" and i can't move with it anymore . This is the reason for find more small notebook.
     

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