mbp 13/15 gaming capabilities (pls read)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by FYRR73, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. FYRR73 macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2012
    hi guys, i intend to buy the new 2012 MBP when it is released (waiting sucks!), but i have a few questions.

    i know that the mbp 13" doesnt have a dedicated gfx now so it wont perform as well as the 15"/17". i'll be playing games on my desktop mainly, but it would be a great bonus if the 13" can run games reasonably well (maybe on low/med settings).

    so i'd like to ask the 13" owners here if you guys can run games that are not THAT demanding, (eg. sc2, or diablo3 beta) reasonably well, or if the fps drops sharply when there are alot of unit movements etc..

    i might consider the 15" but i'm leaning towards 13" since its smaller and more portable. (student here).

    thanks for reading and i hope its a legit qn! have a good day.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The integrated GPU is really not geared for gaming, though the new intel GPU in Ivy Bridge is an improvement. I'd still not consider it, if gaming is what of your needs.
  3. lamboman macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2011
    Ivy Bridge's integrated HD4000 will bring at absolute most, a 50% increase performance. Best case scenario, I mean. Realistically, you're looking at about 25% or so.

    For perspective, the HD3000's gaming performance is just over half that of an X1950 Pro (released late 2006, a mid-upper range card). It's not fast, at all.
  4. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    Agreed. If you're going to game an Apple laptop is really not the platform to begin with, but I digress. Def go with the 15". I own a 13", and while I have no complaints as my use is SSH/RDP into servers and document/email and VM's it's certainly not a gaming machine
  5. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    get the 15" if you have any desire to play some games
  6. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Which of these is the bigger priority?

    Keep in mind that system requirements for games tend to steadily increase. I wouldn't recommend aiming for what are currently "not THAT demanding" games unless you aren't intending to play any future releases.
  7. MrBullet macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2011
    Bristol, UK
    My opinions.

    I am a student too and the portability of the 13'' is fantastic. I have 8GB of RAM which is plenty for my needs.

    However, I do wish that I brought the 15'' as I like to delve into a bit of gaming. I would like to play BF3 and some other games that the 13'' can't handle.

    My point is, if portability isn't the main reason for buying MBP and gaming is then get the 15'', as time goes on and more games come out you might regret buying the 13'' inch as you can't play any new games.

    If portability is the main aspect behind your purchase then get the 13'' as I would imagine the games you've mentioned the 13'' could handle.

    I know this isn't your question, but if you're a gamer or can see yourself getting into gaming later, don't buy a Mac. You're wasting your money.
  8. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    Best thing you can do is search youtube for gameplay footage of the games you want on a specific machine.
  9. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

    Mar 18, 2010
    My 2010 13" has the 320m which is equal to or marginally better than the HD3000 in this year's model. I find SC2 runs ok at native res and medium settings, but it's not the best experience.

    It runs a fair bit better under Windows 7 using boot camp, so I would suggest Windows is a must if you want reasonable performance.
  10. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    intel graphics = playable at low quality
    high-end discrete graphics = well playable at high quality

    *depends on the game
  11. xxjudgmentxx macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2011
    HD4000 plays Crysis sooooooo...
    (and Starcraft 2 and Skyrim)
  12. Trentolol macrumors member


    Feb 1, 2011
    Right here
  13. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    Isn't a thirteen foot MBP hard to carry around? :):):):):):):p
  14. FYRR73 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2012
    wow thanks for all the replies, greatly appreciated.

    thanks for the tips, but i do have a desktop for my gaming needs. i was just thinking it would be awesome if i could play at least a few games on-the-go with the MBP. (only diablo 3 and football manager comes to mind)

    i dont think i'll be playing that much when i'm out with the MBP, but it would be great knowing i'd be able to play some games when taking a break or sth. :D

    that's really good news, thanks for the confirmation guys. i'll definitely consider the Bootcamp!

    i think i'll look at the physical sizes of the new 13/15 when they are out. but with the info you guys have provided, it seems like the 13" might be the answer since it can certainly handle some bit of gaming.


    yep, i did a search on the gameplay of D3 beta on the late 2011 13" MBP, seems like it is able to handle the game at 25-35fps, with a proclaimed 10fps increase playing it on Bootcamp.

    but it wasnt that informative as he wasn't playing at the most intensive part. (not alot of units and units movement).

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