Macbook Pro: Windows 7 vs. XP for gaming

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by heatfanaman, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. heatfanaman macrumors member

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    Hi, which operating system should I pick for playing games. A friend told me that XP is better on older games, 7 is better for newer games. Is this true?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    It is quite true. Some older games don't like Vista or 7 that much. On the other hand, newer games are made for W7 and it also gets the latest drivers.

    I would go with W7
     
  3. RichardBeer macrumors regular

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    You'll also get DirectX11 support rather than the old DirectX9, although a lot of games probably still only run on DirectX10 which with Windows 7 you'll still have.

    It would be nice for OS X to get graphical drivers on par with Windows but considering that Windows has Direct3D which was built with gaming in mind and OS X machines only make up around 10% of the market with only a percentage of those playing games; there isn't much of an impetus for improvement. (Though admittedly things are moving in a better direction lately).
     
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    The GPU in MBPs does not support DX11
     
  5. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    I would just go with Windows 7 in which to remain more future proof. Plus XP is more likely you plague you with annoyances not related to gaming.
     
  6. Clackamas macrumors newbie

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    Windows 7 distracts me with annoyances too.... :D
     
  7. c1phr macrumors 6502

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    I would say Win 7 hands down.

    I've seen it improve game performance on older machines my relatively significant amounts over XP, I would only imagine that it would work wonders on the MBP.

    Plus, I assume you're getting a 64 bit version either way, in which case, Win 7 is far more stable in 64 bit than XP is.
     

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