Starcraft 2 on the Early 2011 MBPS

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  1. Burstl macrumors newbie

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    Hi Guys, I wanted to know with how many fps Starcraft 2 runs on the Early 2011 MBPs. If you are using one of the new notebooks and playing Starcraft II on them, please post here the exact video options u use and the resulting fps for these settings, and your MBP model of course. I would be really interested. This thread should then be a useful guide so that everyone can see what to expect for each model and configuration. Thanks
     
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  3. Killery96 macrumors 6502

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    2011 i5 13" runs all medium settings with around 30ish FPS I believe. The i7 should get slightly higher results, however the HD 3000 IGPU runs a little worse for gaming when it compares to last year's Nvidia 320M. Now, the Early 2011 Macbook pro 6750M with a 2.2 Ghz Processor can clock high settings in OSX with SC2 and get 30-55 FPS, and in bootcamp it can run ultra with an average of just above 30. The 17" has only slightly higher results, however has a larger native resolution which will tax the GPU more.

    E.

    And of course it will run! I'm on a 2009 macbook pro 13" with an Nvidia 9400m, and a 2.26 C2D processor, and I play on all ultra (minus shaders), and I get a max of 60 and a minimum of 20. Perfectly playable...
     
  4. CANEHDN macrumors 6502a

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    My laptop below runs SC2 on medium with a few settings on high with 50-60 FPS.

    My brother bought the early 2011 17" and he can run on ultra with good FPS.
     
  5. topocalypse macrumors member

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    my spec below.
    i run Starcraft 2 at 1440*900 medium quite smoothly, which minor lags at times. but at high, its extrememly lagging.

    btw, mbp gets extremely hot :mad:
     
  6. The Red Wolf macrumors regular

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    SCII and MacBook Pro 17" 2011

    I just got my 17" MacBook Pro 2011 with a 2.3 and an SSD. I tried various settings and played on the day and night level in the campaign for sheer volume of creatures. Eventually, with everything on Ultra I noticed a slight dip down from the 45-55 FPS I had been getting down to a fully beautiful low 30s. It's absolutely gorgeous 1900X1200 Though it can be set to the 15" resolution for higher FPS. Extreme is not possible, even during the on ship moments as characters stutter.

    While SCII is totally playable on low/medium settings mix on my 15" ATI 1600 256 MacBook Pro, the new one blows it out of the water and manages to keep cool around 72C with fans at 5000RPM.
     
  7. CANEHDN macrumors 6502a

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    That's crazy to me. I have a PC just for gaming and my CPU temps hit 38-42 Deg. C when I run 4v4 matches with everything on Extreme. I know my comp was built for this but a 30 Deg. difference is pretty crazy.
     
  8. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    To be more fair, you're also comparing a desktop to a laptop. The laptop will always have higher temperatures.
     
  9. CANEHDN macrumors 6502a

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    I know. It's crazy that there's such a temperature difference.
     
  10. The Red Wolf macrumors regular

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    Thermal Envelope

    The difference being is you have allot more room for cooling in a tower vs. a laptop. However the 17" MacBook Pro has a very good thermal envelope for cooling a quad core chip and a 6750 with a GB of VRAM. I'm impressed when compared to higher temperatures (82C) much faster from the ATI 1600 in the 2007 17" model.
     
  11. ivelnal macrumors newbie

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    Macbook laptops will overheat because it was not built as a gaming laptop.

    Buy a dell alienware...it's suitable for your starcraft 2 game. :)
     
  12. The Red Wolf macrumors regular

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    Based on what?

    200º Fahrenheit or 110º Celsius. That is an overheating Intel chip. You're information is biased and incorrect. Starcraft II won't tax a MacBook or MacBook Pro to the point of causing it to overheat.

    A gaming laptop also weighs about 8-14 pounds has a battery that lasts 2 hours at best while gaming and is just as prone to heat as any other machine. Often "gaming" laptops have slower processors with a single or dual core setup rather than a higher end multi core processor then have all their assets put into video card(s). Chips can be overclocked in PCs and Macs. Extreme overclocking will kill machines regardless of makes if not properly cooled. As for a non-overclocked MacBook or MacBook Pro overheating because it's not a "Gaming" laptop is simply false.

    Lastly, to get an Alienware with similar specs to my computer I would have to spend about $700 more and it still wouldn't run OS-X.

     
  13. CANEHDN macrumors 6502a

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    What are you talking about? No one said anything about over heating. No one was concerned about that. I just simply mentioned that it's crazy of such a large temperature difference. I didn't say that was bad.

    I also am well aware of the cooling features that a desktop can offer over a laptop.

    I was simply stating an interesting fact regarding temps.
     
  14. The Red Wolf macrumors regular

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    It was in response to ivelnal below.

    "Macbook laptops will overheat because it was not built as a gaming laptop.

    Buy a dell alienware...it's suitable for your starcraft 2 game."


     

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