Sluggish Macbook Pro Gaming. Solutions?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Demo318, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. Demo318 macrumors newbie

    Demo318

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    I just got a macbook pro. It's pre-unibody. I love it, it's awesome.

    My system specs:
    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
    Memory: 4GB DDR2
    VRAM: 256 MB
    OS X 10.4.11
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT


    Anyway, I have played two game demos to test my hardware for gaming, and both have yielded poor experiences.

    The first was the demo for Doom 3. Min requirements for Doom 3:
    Processor: PowerPC G4/G5 1.5 GHz
    Memory: 512 MB
    Video: 64 MB
    Mac OS X 10.3.8 or later
    GeForce FX5200 or Radeon 9600 minimum

    Next UT 2004. Yes, I downloaded and installed the demo patch
    Mac OS X Only
    Macintosh G4 or G5 with an 800Mhz or faster processor
    • OS X v10.2.8 or higher
    • 256MB RAM
    • 32MB video card


    The only reason I see that these might not be working well is that they're made for powerPC's and I have Intel. Also, when I auto-detect for display settings, everything is put in High quality, not highest but definitely not low.

    Thanks for any feedback
     
  2. wywern209 macrumors 65832

    wywern209

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    i suggest firing up a copy of windows as mac ports generally don't run all that good.
     
  3. zp3dd4 macrumors member

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    bootcamp is really the only way to go on mac gaming..
     
  4. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    It's because they are made for PPC, PPC games do run slow on Intel.
    The UT2004 retail has a Intel Patch as far as I remember and will run alot better.
     
  5. rj-300zx macrumors regular

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  6. Demo318 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Demo318

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    I was only playing the demo.


    Yeah, I have noticed that I can play everything over at http://www.instantaction.com just fine without any hiccups. I'm upgrading to Leopard soon and getting Enemy Territory quake wars and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare to tide me over. I think I'll be buying an iMac in the future and making that my gaming rig.
     
  7. wywern209 macrumors 65832

    wywern209

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    lol. imacs as gaming rigs might have been good back then but it isn't gonna do much better than ur macbook pro.
     
  8. eXan macrumors 601

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    Skip Leopard and go straight to Snow Leopard (September).

    Those demos run slow because they run in emulation (Rosetta). Full versions have Intel patches and would fly on your MBP.

    Don't buy an iMac for gaming because unless it has 4850 or at least GT130 it won't be much of an improvement over your 8600.
     

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