MB Graphics Card good for Gaming?


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Aug 18, 2007
How is the MacBooks graphics card for gaming. Can it handle some good games or should you upgrade it?

Sun Baked

macrumors G5
May 19, 2002
Does not have a graphics card or place to plug one in.

Uses the GPU integrated into the Intel chipset's North Bridge Controller chip.

Picture of MacBook Block Diagram Here

The GMA950 is OK for some less intensive games, there should be a thread around.

The next MacBook will change those two big chips and drag along and make use of the GMA3000 which will work a bit better (hopefully.)


macrumors member
Mar 22, 2006
While it's not great for gaming, it's perfectly usable for a lot of stuff out there. It won't play the absolute latest stuff well, but I can vouch for WoW running nicely.

Manic Mouse

macrumors 6502a
Jul 12, 2006
Nonsense, OSX is a nicer OS, and BootCamp can be used for Windows games when needed...

EA's new games don't work with the MB! And a lot of their future ones won't either...hopefully the MB's graphics card will be updated soon.
The price you pay for a Mac capable of playing games really isn't worth it. They're right, if you want to game a PC is much better value.


macrumors 6502a
May 20, 2007
You can get WoW running relatively well (modest graphics, of course) but dont expect too much of the little lappie. IF you want to game then you shouldnt be thinking about the MB.
Why give people hope? He can probably stand in some starting area at lowest settings and res and it won't jump out of the game. But will he be able to make any raids with his friends in end game content? I doubt it.

Edit: Not that I have tried it, some people here suggest it can be done. But I wonder how much they really play it.

I know the radeon 9200 I borrowed wheren't that great for it, and that's still faster than a 950 GMA, and I only played the beta and up to lvl 25 or something. For large fights you probably want more than 4 fps.