MBP 13 vs 15 for GAMING

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Lanebobane, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. Lanebobane macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I'm looking to buy the MBP 13 or 15 inch, but I need some suggestions for my needs.

    Basically my only concern is graphical performance. The models I'm considering are:

    -13" 2g 9400m graphics
    -13" 4g 9400m graphics
    -15" 4g 9400m/9600m 256mb graphics

    How would games such as World of Warcraft perform on these systems? Ideally, I'd like to get the cheapest option possible. Will the 4g on the 13" compensate for the lack of discrete graphics?

    Also, for those of you who may know WoW better, and also know the answer to ^^, how would these options perform under the harder aspects of the game (25 mans, WG's, BG's, Dalaran etc. )

    Thanks
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    search please

    you arent the first person to ask this question so lets not replicate answers that are already out there in much more detail:rolleyes:
     
  3. TSE macrumors 68030

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    If you are expecting an uber gaming pc, build your own PC.

    If you just want to have a laptop that has gaming capabilities, get the MacBook Pro with the 9600M GT, the 9400M can handle light gaming, but the 9600M GT is much faster and better for the price if you factor in future-proof.
     
  4. Lanebobane thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have been looking for an answer for the 13" MBP in specific, but I can't find answers like I can for the 15". Thank you for the helpful answers.
     
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    search for the mb as they use the same graphics card

    or search 9400m...
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    9400M will handle games like WoW okay, but still consider 9600GT model as well, because WoW gets graphic updates as time goes by and 9600GT is more future proving and has better resale value
     
  7. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    the 15" is the way to go, Just remember the uni MBP gets hot in Vista while gaming. My fans run at fullspeed once I enter the game.

    Cheers,
     
  8. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    9400M is way over specced to handle WoW. I played WoW on an old IBM Thinkpad just fine years ago..

    If you wanted to run a new MMO like AION or WAR or w/e on medium settings without choppiness in built up areas, I'd definitely go for the 15inch with the 9600GT.

    But really, if WoW is all you're playing, I wouldn't go further than the 13inch base model, or 15inch base model..
     
  9. TRAG macrumors 6502

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    Wow is made for Mac also.
     
  10. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    And runs brilliantly on it, there's no reason at all to bootcamp into WoW..
     
  11. Hellhammer Moderator

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    It runs worse in OS X... People have recognized significant frame drops when running on OS X. Game makers don't know how to code for OS X as good they can for Windows
     
  12. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    That's odd cos I had WoW installed on OS X - I didn't notice any problems with framerate at all. It was a very smooth experience..
     
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    It's smooth, but even smother when under Windows.
     
  14. CubeHacker macrumors 65816

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    If you want to game, then the 15" MBP with the 9600GT is your only sensible option. Its easily 4-8x faster than the 9400m in the cheaper models.
     
  15. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...if you want to game, get the 13" base MBP and a PS3, Wii or Xbox360 with the $$ you save...
     

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