Old games on a GMA 950 MacBook

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  1. Topher15 macrumors 6502a

    Topher15

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    I just bought a refurb MacBook (black) from the Apple online store as an on the go notebook.

    Specs:

    I don't really play modern games on a computer any more (and I'm not buying this MB specifically for games at all) but I used to play Quake 3, Unreal Tournament, Diablo II, the original Half Life and plan on running them and some other games from that era via XP.

    How would the GMA 950 handle these?

    Also, how many years back would I have to go before games can be played at a decent rate. In other words, it'll be able to handle games made prior to year: ???

    Much appreciated.
     
  2. scienide09 macrumors 65816

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    I can't really answer your questions, but the folks over in the games forums probably can.
     
  3. aaron.lee2006 macrumors 65816

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    Yes they will all run without a question. I ran all those games on an older integrated than that in the MacBook.
     
  4. spaceballl macrumors 68030

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    i have that macbook - they WILL run, but not very well - be prepared to crank down all detail levels and suffer through some 15 - 30 fps games
     
  5. aaron.lee2006 macrumors 65816

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    Why would the user need to crank down the detail levels on like 9 year old games? :S

    They won't need to do anything, those games requires barely any hardware.
     
  6. spaceballl macrumors 68030

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    You're right... I looked up benchmarks - it seems that quake FOUR will give him problems, but number 3 should be no problem :)

    -Kevin
     
  7. aaron.lee2006 macrumors 65816

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    Yah Quake 4 would be hell on a GMA 950
    That's why I love my MBP :p
     
  8. blahbrah macrumors 6502

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    yeah I play homeworld 2 on my macbook with 0 problems. have to turn off shadows but that seems like such a minor thing in a space rts.
     
  9. aaron.lee2006 macrumors 65816

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    Either way the bottom line is, if you are going to need a laptop that can play games, buy the bottom line MBP.
     
  10. Topher15 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No won't be needing one of those. As I said it it isn't really for games. I also have an iMac and although I don't really want to install XP on it (I can't right now anyway since my hard drive is almost full), if I did want to play newer games I'd use that.
     
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  13. djinn macrumors 68000

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    Anyone with the new Macbook with the x3100 get Diablo to work with OpenGL support? I tried and my graphics were displaced. Guessing its a compatibility issue with the drivers.
     
  14. Fezzasus macrumors regular

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    Max Payne runs at full detail on my SR Macbook, the GMA should put in a similar performance.
     

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