MBP 15" Gaming via Boot Camp

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by teejusb, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. teejusb macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2010
    So I've decided to get a 15" MBP and upgrading to the 2.8 GHz Processor. I am surely going to install Windows 7 on it via Boot Camp mainly because I've heard that the gaming performance gets a boost as no resources are being used by the Mac OS. So I was wondering, how does the gaming fare, fps rates, resolutions you play on, graphics quality etc. I'm mainly looking into Call of Duty, SC II, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, and other high end games. I know that the MBP is not a gaming laptop, but I would at least like to play these games without any (or minimal) lag.
  2. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    On the Anti-Glare screen ( 1680 x 1050 ):

    SC II = High
    Assassin's Creed = high ( it's also playable on maxed but I prefer high for being a bit smoother )
    Call of Duty = high

    Crysis 2 will be horrible on a MBP though, since Crysis 1 runs horrible on it. It runs only on medium at 1680 x 1050.
  3. Looon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2009
    how many fps are you getting
  4. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    At those settings.

    SC2 = 30-60 fps ( on 8 player maps it's around 30 )
    Assassins creed = no idea, but it's very smooth without lagging.
    Crysis = 15-25 fps
    Call of Duty = no idea, but I think it's around 30-60? It's extremely smooth.
  5. Macsavvytech macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2010
    CoD you can get 200FPS

    After some extensive tweaking in cod4 i got 215FPS, in CoD6 i got 185FPS and black ops only 50FPS but thats not because of the game its just black ops its poorly optimized for any computer at the moment
  6. Looon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2009
    so just barely playable then
  7. mark28, Dec 19, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2010

    mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    What do you expect, 200 fps on SC 2? There is no ATI 5970 in the MBP :D

    It's no gaming laptop, but you can play most modern games.

    Btw, if you want to play Crysis or GTA 4, you need a desktop. There exist no laptop GPU that can max Crysis, not even the ATI 5870m :)
  8. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    I would think the Alienware M17x or similar with dual GPU cards could do it? If you maxed the whole machine out. But then again those types of machines are desktops anyway..
  9. dmbfan41 macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2008
    it gets way to hot and the fan goes nuts. even if you manually put the fans on high it will burn right up. don't get a mac for gaming.
  10. sarah.kho macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2010

    On a MBP core i5, 2.53 and 6 gig of ram, do I need to install windows to play SC II or it will have good performance in Mac OS and no need for Windows?

  11. Looon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2009
    I never said that I'm just pointing out the reality for people who might see this and think that their macbook pro would be ok for gaming only to realize it isn't.
  12. tjb1 macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2010
    Pennsylvania, USA
    I play SC2 on OS X on mine with High/Some Ultra settings and it is very smooth.
  13. aimbdd macrumors 6502a

    Dec 10, 2008
    East Cost
    Not true? wow... I game on my mac ALL the time, oh look mine is just fine :D Is it a miracle?
  14. Saturdays macrumors member


    Nov 18, 2010
    Somewhere in USA
    No Crysis 2 will probably run better than Crysis 1.
    Considering the fact that they are optimizing the engine so well and have proven to from Crysis to Crysis: Warhead.
  15. Wafflausages, Dec 20, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2010

    Wafflausages macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2010
    On boot camp medium settings I get about 100+fps and 60fps on the big maps then it drops around 30-40 around big battles. when playing evolves and the map is just insane well.... its pretty bad lol @1440x900

    On mac I play on low/medium get about 60fps@1440x900

    (Boot Camp)I'm able to play Bad company 2 medium-low get about 30-90fps@1440x900

    (Boot Camp)League of Legends Very high except for shadows@high 60fps @1440x900

    (Boot Camp)Counter-Strike:Source/TF2 .. just run buttery smooth very high@ 1440x900

    Also, dont worry about the "overheating" it might feel hot but your mbp is actually fine I've gamed maybe 10 hours straight on my MBP and its perfectly fine, fans just kick in and just do like a weekly check up on the temps when your gaming just to make sure it doesn't hit over 105C or something around that.

    MBP 15"
  16. pandamonia macrumors 6502a

    Nov 15, 2009
    The New Assassins Creed will make your Macbook Pro Choke unless you cut the effects right down.

    Some games play well and others are to hungry.

    IMO gaming on a laptop is a stop gap but not a serious way to enjoy games
  17. w00t951 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I have the NVIDIA 9600M GT 512 MB older MBP that I have brutally overclocked. It has been running this way for over a year and it's been fine - only a couple overheats during gamathons, when it reached 120C. I use two DVD's on each side of the computer to lift the bottom off of the table. Removing the battery and the cover also does wonders, but that only works on the older Unibody MBPs.

    Modern Warfare 2:
    AA disabled
    Shadows disabled
    Textures maxed
    FPS: 60-120 FPS

    Bad Company 2:
    AA 1x (disabled)
    Shadows: Low
    Textures: Automatic (looks to be high or medium high)
    FPS: 35-80 FPS

    Fallout: New Vegas
    High Spec Profile
    No AA
    4x A. Filtering
    FPS: 50-100 FPS

    Team Fortress 2
    High Textures
    2x AA
    2x A. Filtering
    High Shadows
    Reflect World for Water Reflections.
    FPS: 60-100 FPS

    COD: Black Ops
    No AA
    No Shadows
    3 blocks of A. Filtering
    Automatic (high/medium) Textures
    FPS: 30-90 FPS (but the game is glitchy and won't run smoothly, even though FRAPS says that the FPS is around there.

    No AA
    Medium-High everything except for post-processing effects and shadows, which are medium/low
    FPS: 30-50 FPS

    If you OC the computer well enough, it can compete with many gaming computers in terms of performance.

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