Playing games on the current MacBooks

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by IamtheJim, Jun 2, 2007.

  1. IamtheJim macrumors newbie


    Jun 2, 2007
    I think I will be interested in playing some games when I purchase the macbook, but I realize the graphics card isn't anything too hot. So can anyone tell me from experience how it is?

    And would the motherboard allow me to replace the graphics card if I wish??

  2. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    There's no graphics card, as such. The MB uses integrated video (GMA950), "borrowing" 64MB from system RAM. Sorry.

    Depending on your desires and personal criteria, the MB ranges in gaming ability from "IT SUXX!!" to "Duude, this really rocks!" It' all really game (and game settings) & player-specific

    In other words, don't expect 75fps with all the sliders hard right...
  3. Shaduu macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2007
    What kind of games are we talking here?

    'Fraid not; these are Intel integrated graphics which are soldered to the logic board. You may be able to use an external graphics card although I'm a little unsure about that.

    EDIT: Dammit JohnNotBeatle! I had this one. :(
  4. IamtheJim thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 2, 2007
    I'm thinking like from WoW, to Command and Conquer, Starcraft 2, and possibly Counter Strike: Source via bootcamp
  5. Igantius macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2007
    There're a few threads which mention specific games, so if you've got any ones particularly in mind, it's worth doing a search.

    Several people have posted footage on Youtube of quite a few different games being played on MBs (both in OS X and Boot Camp) - not a hugely scientific way of research, but it should give you a rough idea of what to expect.
  6. chex macrumors regular

    May 17, 2007
    In general, games will run better in windows.

    There's a huge thread in the gaming forum here that lists the performance of different games.
  7. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

    May 8, 2007
    I just played Warcraft III at a steady 50fps and Call of Duty 2 at 30fps on my MacBook. Specs are in my signature.
  8. Winterfell macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2007
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Bottom line, in my opinion, is this:

    If you want a MacBook and you want to game, get a MacBook Pro. It has a decent video card that can handle most games.

    Integrated graphics do not cut it.
  9. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

    May 8, 2007
    Or, if you want a MacBook and want to play a few games, get a MacBook

    If you want a computer to game on, get a Windows Based computer.
  10. x Shadow Dragon macrumors regular

    May 21, 2007
    well what if we cant afford a MBP, anyway i dont have a MB so i shouldnt be talking but that thread in the Apple Games forum shows that a lot of games do work on a MB
  11. jellz macrumors regular

    May 5, 2007
    Yeah, a lot of games will work but don't expect amazing fps. If you play competitively the fps you'll get from the macbook just won't cut it.
  12. x Shadow Dragon macrumors regular

    May 21, 2007
    that is true and seriously if u want the best just get a 360 :) (its cheaper then a gaming comp and probably better for gaming, and by probably i mean defintly)
  13. lamadude macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2006
    Brussels, BE
    The problem with the macbook is, old games mac games would run great, but you almost always have to run them through rosetta.
    On the windows side, old games run great, but they sometimes don't support widescreen resolutions.
    I don't have windows on my macbook anymore and the only game I play anymore is warcraft III, which runs great (1,83 ghz core duo with 2 GB ram)
  14. heySparky macrumors regular


    Mar 8, 2007
    Which is one of the reasons many people max out the RAM in their Macbooks like I did.
  15. masse macrumors 6502a


    May 4, 2007
    No...It's not all...for gaming.
  16. Ludde macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2007
    Warcraft 3 runs perfectly fine 1280x800 with all effects on for me...and that's not even universal binary. If it runs this well emulated, I don't think we'll have any problems playing Starcraft 2 since it'll be universal binary. The Macbook is a lovely computer as long as you don't expect to run the most demanding stuff that's out there. :cool:
  17. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

    May 8, 2007
    Warcraft III is Universal Binary with update 1.21 but even so, it runs at a steady 50fps.
  18. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
    Now that Parallels 3.0 will support 3D graphix, I can't wait to see how it runs various games that I now play on Bootcamp (like Lego star wars II)

    cuz if I can play games in parallels it's see Ya later bootcamp partition and hello more HD space :)
  19. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    WoW is perfectly playable on MacBooks, under OS X and Windows. I used to have a 1.66GHz Core Duo Mac Mini and WoW was perfectly playable. It wasn't perfectly smooth graphics but wasn't all that bad and WoW doesn't require percetly smooth graphics. Starcraft 2 will probably struggle because its not even out yet. Counter Strike: Source could be ok, I can't vouch for that though. All pre-C&C3 command and conquer games will play without a problem and be perfectly smooth. I haven't tried C&C3 on a GMA950 Mac, however, my friend tried the demo on a Dell Pentium M 1.5Ghz (i.e. basically a Core Solo) laptop and he found it playable and his hardly has any RAM either. C&C3 will probably play fine on a MacBook C2D with 2GB of RAM.

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