New White MacBook for Gaming

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Wicked1, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

    Wicked1

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    Can you run Oblivion on the new White MB with XP 32-bit or Vista 32-Bit without any issues, assuming your MB has 4 GB of ram even though Bootcamp will not use the 4 GB?

    My son is looking at getting the White MB and the only game he cares about is Oblivion and COD 4 & 5
     
  2. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030

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    I've read on various forums that you can play games on a macbook with windows, not entirely sure on which versions of windows (86 or 62).
     
  3. Striker-UMB macrumors regular

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    Yes the new MacBook has the nvidia 320M integrated graphics chip so it will run Call of duty 4, oblivion, Modern Warefare 2 and Black Ops no problem(he may have to lower the settings down a bit with black ops but nothing to drastic. And your right about the 4gigs of ram that will be perfect for gaming, but windows vista 32 bit won't reconize 4 gigs of ram unless you have 64 bit installed. But I think bootcamp only will recognize 2-2.5 gigs for some reason, but that still will be enough.
     
  4. happle macrumors 6502a

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    it will run it but in my experience macbooks are no gaming laptops. more focused toward audio/video editing, and not even a ton of video editing at that.
     
  5. akhbhaat macrumors regular

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    "Gaming laptop" is still an oxymoron, in my opinion. A proper gaming GPU consumes a lot of power and puts out a lot of heat, and those two characteristics are seriously detrimental within the context of a mobile platform. As such, even the most powerful mobile GPUs are considered middle tier by desktop standards.

    That said, the 320M is a decent chip and will handle almost any game that's at least 3 or 4 years old pretty comfortably. I have found, however, that gaming in Windows (with boot camp) is still a substantially better experience than doing the same with OSX...and truth be told, there are better options for the money when it comes to raw gaming performance.
     
  6. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Not the best for gaming. An iMac or a PC would be more ideal :)
     
  7. No ice please macrumors 6502

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    I second this, you would get a heck of a lot more performance out of a base-line imac then a white macbook.
     
  8. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Or a 15" i5 if money isn't a problem & you want portability.
     

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