MacBook pro i7 for Gaming!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MacsAreBetter\, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. MacsAreBetter\ macrumors member


    Jan 15, 2010
    Gold Coast, Australia
    I've tried searching, but, can't find anything, AT ALL.
    So.. 15" i7 MacBook Pro; how good is it for gaming?

    2.66 i7
    4gb RAM
    Intel HD graphics
    330M with 512vram.

    Am I going to be sitting here maxing out game settings like a boss?

    Or am I going to be turning down graphics and disabling Windows effects like I have to with a 2009 13"..

    Games would be: Black Ops, Team Fortress 2, GTA IV, Left 4 Dead 1/2, Dead Rising, Bad Company 2, Just Cause 2 etc. VERY demanding..

    thanks you guys <3
  2. AppleMacFinder macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2009
  3. Erasmus macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    Hiding from Omnius in Australia
    Undoubtedly. The 330M is extremely weak. If Apple decides to move to AMD graphics especially, gaming performance will increase dramatically.

    Very unlikely :p
    But it would be very cool.
  4. AppleMacFinder macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2009
    Various news media reported:
    "Liquidmetal Technologies Inc., a Caltech spinoff in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.,
    filed a regulatory notice recently that it's granted Apple a perpetual, exclusive license
    to use its technology in consumer electronics.
    Liquidmetal retains the rights for other applications."
  5. Erasmus macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    Hiding from Omnius in Australia
    I can easily imagine the iPhone 5 being made out of LiquidMetal. I struggle to see how something as large as a notebook could be economically made out of the stuff at this point in time. I mean, I hope I'm wrong, I just don't think it will happen for a while.
  6. Shockre macrumors member

    Apr 4, 2009
    330M extremely weak? i hope u r kidding. i7 2.66 and 330M 512MB will play any of those games maxed/almost maxed on windows. i can play most of that games on 2.4 c2d and 320M 256MB on mid/high on a 13" 2010.
    but anyways, u should wait for the new macbooks as they will be more powerful and u r giving quite a bit of $$$ for the machine so it shouldn't be a problem to wait a month or so. especially when u already have 13" MBP to play with until next versions come.
  7. Erasmus macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    Hiding from Omnius in Australia
    One would assume that those are the games he wants to play now. If he wants to play something later this year like Starcraft 2, Crysis 2, Diablo 3, etc. then he'll need something with a lot more grunt to run it at medium to high settings.

    A new AMD 6 series GPU like a 6670M, or hopefully even a 6830M would likely run games medium or even high that the 330M would barely run at low.
  8. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

    Mar 18, 2010
    Your mileage may vary, but technically speaking, the 330m is a slow old dog.

    Wait for a new macbook, or better yet, don't buy a mac for gaming.
  9. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    And your fans will scream like banshees during full out gaming sessions. I gave up on macs for gaming and went back to powerful windows laptops.

  10. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    my estimate with that graphics card at native resolution:

    black ops - high
    tf2 - high
    GTA IV - medium
    L4D - high
    Dead rising - high
    BC2 - medium/low
    Just Cause 2 - medium
    SC2 - medium
  11. Pentad macrumors 6502a


    Nov 26, 2003
    He is right. The 330M was a terrible upgrade from the 9600GT.

    Let's hope the new refresh doesn't disappoint on the GPU this time 'round...
  12. baxingo macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2011
    Wait why are you buying a mac for gaming?? I don't get it?
  13. deadkennedy macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2010
    I'm playing Rome Total War with such speed and graphics I didn't imagine possible. I used to play on Windows towers (laptops couldn't cut it), but MBP far surpasses even desktop machines. That's for RTW, I didn't play other games.

    ps: Compared to RTW or Operation Flashpoint, ALL other games suck.

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