Nvidia MacBook Pro (early 2008) gaming?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Jonnyd729, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. Jonnyd729 macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2012
    Hi as you can read I have a MacBook Pro with a Nvidia graphics card. I've heard that Nvidia cards are terrible in Macs, because of a driver issue. So if I ran Windows in bootcamp will it perform better for gaming than osx? Will windows 7 have better Nvidia drivers?

    MacBook Pro
    Intel Core 2 Duo - 2.4 GHz
    6 GB ram, (yes 6, it's not a typo)
    Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT - 256 MB ram
    1440 x 900
  2. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    It's not terrible, it's defect regardless of Mac or PC. The 8600GT is shown to be defective on all brands.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    No and no.
  4. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    The Nividia drivers have been improved massively. My 330m runs Crysis 1 on high with no problem. Back in the old days, Crysis 1 could only be played on medium ( just like the old benchmarks are suggesting. Now it's like a new GPU :) )

    So I bet the 8600m has gotten a big jump in performance also with the latest Windows drivers?
  5. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

    Mar 18, 2010
    Completely untrue. Yes gaming will be better in bootcamp and drivers support in Windows is better than OSX.
  6. sirozzy macrumors member


    Jun 27, 2010

    The truth is.

    I have 17" MBP 2.4 C2D with 8600M 256MB GPU and on bootcamp i play Battlefield bad Company 2 with no problem at all. But when I try battlefield 3 i could make it work only in 640x480 ;)

    Anyway. Crisis 1 and BC2 and similar will work but that's about it.

    PS. Just waiting for decision from my Boss about buing new 17" or not ;) Cannot wait ;)
  7. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    NVIDIA drivers have failed on 2008 models.
    I dont know what you're playing but it better be a light game.

    With a fail graphic card and only 256mb, most modern game wont even run.
  8. Pentad macrumors 6502a


    Nov 26, 2003
    :eek: Uh, you haven't used Boot Camp much, huh?

    GPU driver support in Windows is much better than in OS X.

    Windows also allows you to run DirectX instead of just OpenGL a'la Mac.

    Gaming is going to be better in Windows plain and simple.

  9. Jonnyd729 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2012
    Thanks for the info. I'm not doing and graphics heavy gameing, civ 5, diablo 3, and starcraft 2. I can run most of them ok, but still a little lag. I think the directx and better nvida drivers will help.

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