MB Graphics Card good for Gaming?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Pathfinder55, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. Pathfinder55 macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2007
    How is the MacBooks graphics card for gaming. Can it handle some good games or should you upgrade it?
  2. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    it isn't great. If you want to game, get a MacBookPro
  3. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Its not very good for GPU intensive games, here are a couple benchmarks (scroll down a bit). And no, you can't upgrade the MacBook's GPU.
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    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.)
  5. Pathfinder55 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2007
    What about Multiplayers?

    What about Multiplayer games, such as guild wars or wow.
  6. triddent222 macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2007
    Somewhere interesting
    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.
  7. Pathfinder55 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2007
  8. vicious7 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2007
    Jacked into the net...
  9. WillJS macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2007
    I play WoW just fine on my macbook. (specs in sig)
  10. -::ubermann::- macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2006
    I second that
  11. Whiteapple macrumors regular


    Jan 17, 2006
    Haute Savoie,France
    I got a MacMini, and I can play Halo about fine, although I keep getting shot because of the little GMA950/Wifif lag. I just need to anticipate a bit more. :)
  12. exsanguinate 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.
  13. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 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.
  14. Manic Mouse macrumors 6502a

    Manic Mouse

    Jul 12, 2006
    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.
  15. aliquis- macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2007
    It can handle "good games", just no recently modern ones.
  16. aliquis- macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2007
    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.

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