Mid 2015 15inch Macbook pro performance

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MacDjent, Jun 20, 2015.

  1. MacDjent macrumors newbie

    MacDjent

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    Hello folks,



    So two days ago I decided to upgrade my early 2011 Macbook pro to a new one, I bought the 15inch 16GB Ram 2.5GH I7 AMD Radeon R9 2GB graphic card one...simply put I bought the best Macbook pro on market, I bought the best one because I make video stuff and I record and mix music, which require some high specs. I know Macbook pro isn't for gaming, but there are games made for Mac such as Tomb Raider, and the game came out in 2013. I tried the game just to test my really expensive Macbook pro, I put the resolution to 1400X900, normal graphic setting and its smooth, but when i put it to high its lagging abit but still playable. Then I put the resolution to 2048X1280, the frame drop is more obvious and with high graphic setting its kinda hard for me to play. Then I cranked all the setttings up 2880X1880 resolution with ultra graphic, I can move but its basically unplayable, FPS is extremely low.



    So is it normal for the most expensive Macbook pro on market, even with the normal high graphic setting (2048X1280 High graphic setting) of Tomb Raider that I still can't play the 2013 game smoothly? The game was literally made for Mac Im not even using bootcamp or visual machines. One more thing I noticed is whenever I play those 3d games the wind flow is quite loud as well, the laptop can get hot really quick.


    MacBook Pro, OS X Yosemite (10.10.3), AMD Radeon R9 M370X 2048 MB
     
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  3. Fl0r!an macrumors 6502a

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    Your R9 M370X is basically the mobile version of a 2012 mainstream card (Radeon HD 7770), so it's no surprise that can't handle ultra settings in FullHD and above.
    Also Tomb Raider is quite demanding, even in a desktop PC you'd need some decent GPU to make it playable on high settings, see benchmark at notebookcheck. Even the desktop HD 7770 gets only 28 FPS in average on FullHD/Ultra, and I'd expect the R9 M370X to be (a little) slower.

    You might want to try the game under Windows using bootcamp since OS X drivers are normally inferior, but I wouldn't expect any huge performance gains (maybe 10-20%).

    Besides that, there's nothing to worry about. Notebooks are not made for gaming (and so-called "gaming notebooks" are usually ******, as they are running way too hot, are heavy, have basically no battery life and usually die within 2-3 years because of an broken GPU), and your rMBP is no exception. Your MacBook has other qualities, so yes, everything is fine!
     

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