MacBook Pro & Gaming

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Twilight Elk, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. Twilight Elk macrumors regular

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    Hey everyone, I have another question about MacBook Pro's. The topic this time is gaming.

    I don't expect to do MUCH gaming, but I know the option will be there in the future. Some games I'm interested in are racing games like Need for Speed and MMORPG's (Possibly joining World of Warcraft). There are other games, but are for Windows.

    1. Is the MacBook Pro any good with any games (Basic 2D or Complex 3D)?
    2. If I install Windows XP with Boot Camp, how would the games for Windows respond?

    Thanks,
    -Elk
     
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    You only have to search YouTube to find that the MacBook Pro is just fine for almost all recent games, with varying resolutions giving varying results.
     
  4. bov macrumors 6502

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    i am able to play CS:S and all Orange Box games very well on my MBP and Boot Camp. quite happy with this since it runs a lot better than on my old PC :D

    you will be able to run NFS and WoW well on a MBP
     
  5. Twilight Elk thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok then, The MacBook Pro never ceases to amaze me :D

    I asked because I kept reading around the forums and some articles about how it's not as good for gaming, but I may have been reading out-of-date documents.

    Thanks a lot everyone :D Can't wait for the updates.
     
  6. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    well sure you can run any game if you set the quality settings low enough

    dosent mean you can go play crysis on it at any useable resolution
     
  7. Erasmus macrumors 68030

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    Don't ask "Is it good for games?"
    It's an airy fairy question that will give you many conflicting answers.
    Is it as good as a dedicated gaming desktop? Hell no.
    Is it as good as a dedicated gaming "portable"? Hell no.
    Is it damn good for playing games considering its excellent battery life, light weight, thin design and reasonable cost? Definitely.

    It won't play Crysis on High, or Medium, or even Low at native resolution, but it will play it, and will play it well, if you're willing to sacrifice (almost) all of the eye candy (personal experience). Then again, Crysis is pretty much the only game that it won't play at high graphics settings. So, if you want to game, go buy one. If you want to brag about how many frames you get at some setting in some game, go spend the money on a build-it-yourself PC.

    So I think the MBP is perfect for you. Go for the entry level one. Hopefully the new ones will be released this Wednesday! (Stupid time delay between here in Aus and the US... A spheroidical planet is so inconvenient.)
     
  8. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    sure, but dont try and play games with it on battery


    i guess you havent played many games, try UT2004 it sucks at that
     
  9. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    Don't expect Alienware-like performance. The MBP isn't designed primarily for gaming. That said, you should be able to play most games on the market if you set the resolution low enough. If you truly want to game, invest in a console.
     
  10. Erasmus macrumors 68030

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    What? I get about an hour and a half of battery gaming on the train. With all the powermizer settings turned off.


    Really? No, I haven't tried it, but considering this: http://www.barefeats.com/santarosa.html
    I would think it runs it very well...
    It runs CNC3, HL2, Oblivion, all wonderfully on highest, or almost highest settings. eg. I run CNC3 on Ultra High, minus the FSAA.
     
  11. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    CNC3 is not exactly a power hungry game, an hour and a half isnt all that great though considering its half what the battery life would be just surfing the net, but if you consider that good, then yes it has good battery life
     
  12. bubble27 macrumors regular

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    Lets say an hour of gaming will the MBP get very very hot?

    Probably at gaming fans run on full speed....you reckon that noisey?
    By noisey i mean does it sound like a cooling pad on max? Thats 25 DBA.

    Also one last thing...my acer now tends to shut down from overheating...anyone had that problem in gaming on a MBP?
     
  13. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    yes it will get VERY hot

    and loud

    id say 30-40 db
     
  14. bubble27 macrumors regular

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    :(

    Can you recommend a good cooling pad for a 17" model?

    You know those silver plates that they stick in laptops, you familiar if you can order it like that? cause if you open up a mac the apple care if void.
     
  15. Twilight Elk thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm not into stuff like Crysis, and from what I'm hearing it seems the games I would purchase for it (which isn't a lot) then I should be fine :)
     
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    I plan on installing XP through Bootcamp in the next few days. I plan on playing Brothers in Arms Road to Hill 30 and Earned in Blood. How will these run? They are 3 years old, and I think I can run them flawlessly?
     
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  18. zeppelin68 macrumors regular

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    I have a stock 2.4 15 inch.

    -all source games
    every setting to high with 4x AA and 8X AF 1440x900 50-60fps?

    -Crysis(demo)
    -medium 1440x900 no AA around 25fps but playable

    -BF2 everything high 1440x900 smooth

    COD4 demo everything high around 40fps
     
  19. marclapierre13 macrumors 6502a

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    If im running AoE iii or Halo, or other games, I get about 1.5 hours battery life.
    Running bootcamp i get awesome performance for the games i run
     
  20. Erasmus macrumors 68030

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    Hot, yes. Enough to barely tip over to uncomfortable on a hot day. No problems on a cold day.

    And not all that noisy. The fans will ramp up to 6000 rpm, or something, but, it is still not that noisy. I don't notice the noise until I stop playing the game. Any sound coming from the speakers or especially out of ear plugs will drown it out easily. It is a very "loud-but-you-don't-notice-it" drone.

    Never had my computer overheat. It ramps up to maybe ~82˚C under extreme stress, but when the fans start spinning at ~6000 rpm, they are capable of bringing it down a bit, even still under full load. I believe the fans cut in earlier if the notebook is plugged in than when running off battery, but I may be wrong.
     

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