Mid 09 2.8 c2d Vs. i7 Hi-Res Gaming, equal or better?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ozreth, May 3, 2010.

  1. ozreth macrumors 65816

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    After reading through the entire gaming benchmark thread I still have yet to conclude whether the new i7 in hi res is better, worse, or equal to the 2.8 for gaming?

    Sorry to beat a dead horse! I just haven't seen a very good comparison of the two yet.
     
  2. ozreth thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The GT 330M is better than the 9600M GT, but the higher resolution display decrease the advantage you would have gotten if the resolutions were the same.
     
  5. ozreth thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So I'll get roughly the same performance? Hm, I was happy with the 9600 performance, so I guess its worth the AG screen. How much of a decrease are we talking? A few fps?
     
  6. dr4g0n macrumors member

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    I can't compare to 9600 GT... BUT I have the i7 with standard glossy 1440 x 900 and played under bootcamp Assassin's Creed II and GTA: EFLC. I wouldn't go any further with resolution as AC was fine with occasionally hiccups and GTA is around 30 fps at medium settings. Those games are NOW, think about TOMORROW's games ;)
     
  7. ozreth thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hmm and that is standard res, my main concern and reason for posting is the high resolution, getting a bit worried :(
     
  8. TMRaven macrumors 68020

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    Extra resolution doesn't affect gaming performance all that much at all. Higher resolution in general doesn't hog up gpu bandwidth as much as say higher textures or anti-aliasing does. Higher resolution combined with lots of AA will tax the gpu a bit, but not too much.

    The 330 will beat out the 9600 any day, regardless of upped resolution.
     
  9. lizard77 macrumors newbie

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    Can someone confirm this?
     
  10. johnalan macrumors 6502

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    I absolutely agree,
    I have a new MBP with the 330, and even going from 1680 to 1050 on the MBPs screen to 1920 1200 on my LED cinema display the fps drop by about 3-4 FPS negliable, in quake 4 they dont drop at all.
     
  11. lizard77 macrumors newbie

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    Wow. Interesting. Then thanks TMRaven and Jonatan for the helpful post.
     
  12. gabeomatic macrumors member

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    Get the 2.8. Save some money, the 330m is not worth it AT ALL for the price increase, especially the first i series processors that apple is providing us with that are only dual core. The 9600m gt is shipped from apple with underclocked speeds than nvidia's settings for the chip itself and it is fairly easy to clock it back to original settings through bootcamp, which I assume you would want to use for gaming. I even have my 9600m gt running at 9700 speeds with fans on full blast, and the card rarely reaches 85C =]

    sources: satisfied 2.8 15 c2d owner

    you can even oc the cpu to 3.15+ stable... faster than the 3.06 c2d that was most expensive.

    Sadly, if you go for the i5 or up it will be a minimum of a $400-500 increase.
     
  13. ozreth thread starter macrumors 65816

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    good news! i will have mine by thursday and will definitely put some videos up after testing.
     

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