Macbook Pro with NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Bikaz, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. Bikaz macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2014
    Can I play any game with max setting on the Macbook Pro (the most high-end one) with NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M Graphics Card.
    I am planning on buying one. :confused:
  2. Dubberton macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2013
    you can, but the frame rate will suck, and this is speaking from experience as I own the model with the 750m. Your best bet would be running bootcamp of course, but even then you would probably do high settings at most. Unfortunately, the MacBooks cannot compare to a powerful windows desktop machine.
  3. whooleytoo macrumors 604


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    I can't comment on the MBP, but I have a 750M in my iMac and it certainly can't play every game at max settings. Even playing Half-Life 2 (quite an old game now) at native resolution wasn't 100% smooth, and some sections of the game turned into slide-shows. The MBP does have an additional 1GB of VRAM though, which could make a difference.
  4. Bikaz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2014
    So I have to play with 2880*1800 resolution and other settings with medium-high configuration right? Or I can't even use full native resolution while gaming?
  5. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    I'd suggest medium-high settings on most games.

    Max everything out and you'll get quite a low framerate.
  6. Bikaz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2014
    Yeah! I hope that the additional 1gb will make a difference.
  7. gochi macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2011
  8. Robin Lee macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2012
    I am not a gaming person so I will skip commenting on that part. Here is a benchmark of GT750M on how it fares against the other desktop counterparts. Btw, GT650M is about 30% slower than GT750M in most cases.
  9. gochi macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2011
    i know but it shouldn't be that slow!
  10. Bikaz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2014
    Yeah that's what i was also thinking. My friend has a HP laptop with Nvidia GeForce 840M 2GB DDR3 graphics in it. He plays Battlefield 3 with max settings. And I haven't seen any lag on it.
  11. dan1eln1el5en macrumors 6502


    Jan 3, 2012
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    no issues playing CS 1.6 at 2880x1800

    CS:GO a tad different (medium at best to still have a responsive game)
  12. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    This is a mobile GPU

    The 750M is a mid level mobile GPU, it is perfectly fine to play most games at medium levels in 1080P.

    If you want any more than that in a laptop or an all in one then your only choices will be windows laptops.

    The latest 14 inch razer blade will probably suit you better if gaming is your thing.
  13. Bikaz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2014
    I have decided to go with the macbook pro. I will mostly Use Logic in it. And also use it on my dj set. I am also a Gamer but i don't wanna spend such a high amount on a Windows pc.
  14. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Good choice

    That'll be fantastic for logic and games will run fine as long as you don't expect a laptop to perform like a monster Desktop PC with liquid cooling and dual graphics cards. I swear most of the people on here seem surprised when this is not the case :confused:
  15. gochi macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2011
    they should put in a geforce gt 860m

    reason they put in a 750m is to save money i believe. higher margins.
  16. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    I don't think thats the reason

    The reason they didn't upgrade the dGPU is that they only change the GPU when they change to a new chipset, it's what they have always done.
  17. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030


    May 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    ANY game? No. Some games? Definitely. StarCraft II, for instance, should play nicely as should Diablo III, WoW and Hearthstone.

    The thing most people tend to forget about the machine you are considering buying is that it is a MacBook Pro WITH RETINA DISPLAY! As in, this is a 2880x1800 display and not the 1680x1050 or 1440x900 displays that you'd previously get in the now-defunct non-retina 15" MacBook Pros.

    Driving games through this display requires them to be optimized for it, otherwise they (a) won't work right, (b) will run slow as hell, or (c) both.

    Unfortunately, for MacBook Pros with discrete graphics, your only option is the high-end 15" with retina. My advice would be to do research, see if the games you want to play on it are supported, and then buy accordingly. Some, definitely won't. For instance, Portal 1 doesn't run well; at least, it didn't a year and a half ago. Your mileage may vary. If the games you want to play are not supported, I'd say get an iMac and then game on a PC laptop if you require gaming mobility.

    Don't forget to factor the retina display in tow on that MacBook Pro. Apple doesn't have any MacBook Pro bearing that GPU that doesn't have a 2880x1800 retina display in tow and that really does change things when it comes to how well a laptop GPU can draw, especially if the game is not optimized to take advantage of the higher pixel density.

    No. See above. Pushing 2880x1800 pixels is more work than pushing 1920x1080 pixels or the 1680x1050 that the 15" MacBook Pro used to have on the higher end.

    The dGPU is made by NVIDIA, the chipset is made by Intel. Apple could've moved to the 850m or the 860m on the higher-end 2014 15" MacBook Pro if they wanted to. It's not like there aren't other Haswell laptops that DO have these dGPUs; Apple could've outfitted this one with it; they just chose not to. To say that they only USUALLY do it when there's a chipset change doesn't negate that they could've done it anyway.
  18. gochi macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2011
    well they have been using the nvidia series for no reason

    i mean theres 650m, 750, 850

    why not go to 860, or 770, or even 780m

    if the retina had the 780m i would buy in a heart beat - dream machine!
  19. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    I don't pretend to know Apples processes but this would be my guess

    Because it uses more power and creates more heat, Apple use the best available for there TDP requirements at the time of design.

    Now admittedly there are now new 800 series that could go in but I'd imagine they are unwilling to go through all the validation and testing they would need to do for basically a one component upgrade and then have to do it all again in 6 months for broadwell.

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