starcraft 2

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by ru03j89, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. ru03j89 macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2008
    I know starcraft 2 is not out yet...
    but do you guys think the old macbook pro 15" with nVidia Geforce 8600M GT will be able to run it?
    thank you
  2. phillipsteak macrumors member

    Mar 28, 2008
  3. jakespice macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2009
  4. thebrain74 macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2006
    this link has some specs for the graphics card. Only I don't keep with with graphics cards. does the GeForce 9600M GT in the current MBP's and/or the card the OP has fit into this bracket?

    the quote from the site:
    For Starcraft II, we wanted to maximize compatibility with less capable systems to ensure hassle-free game play for as broad a player base as possible. Yet we also wanted to utilize the full potential of any available hardware to ensure the game's looks were competitive. This meant supporting a wide range of hardware, from ATI Radeon 9800/NVIDIA GeForce FX's to the ATI Radeon HD 4800s and NVIDIA GeForce G200s
  5. Some Guy 555 macrumors regular

    May 26, 2009
    The 9600 GT is the top recommended card there on the spec page.

    The 9600M GT should run it fine, and if I am reading this correctly a Geforce FX series can run the game?!?!?! if that is the case then the 9600 should dominate the game.

    Geforece FX series is around 10 years old if I remember.
  6. thebrain74 macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2006
    That's what I've read too: the 9600GT is the recommended level of graphics card. i.e. it should run Starcraft 2 well, maybe not top graphics, but something pretty decent.

    It does also appear that the GeForce FX is the bottom end, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that the 9600GT will dominate. I think the GeForce FX will run SC2 in the barest sense of the word.

    Does any one know what the performance difference is between a 9600GT and a 9600M GT?

    When they ran SC2 at E3 or something they used a very high-end gaming laptop, with a graphics card way beyond the 9600M GT, granted this is not surprising at an event like this because they want to showcase the best this game can offer. However, it gives a general idea of what it might take to run the game at max, even if it is a little overkill.
  7. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2008
    Your girlfriends place
    Well that is completely wrong.

    Yes it will.
  8. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    So wrong.

    I know SC will have some eye candy especially from the screen shots, but I don't think the glitz level will be that of Far Cry or Doom 3 Ultra quality because that would quickly change the metrics of the gameplay. Pro players will focus more on the actual gameplay itself and can't have a FPS drop during high action scenes where micro will determine the victor.
  9. MacModMachine macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2009
    no they dont...if they did ...they would be on blizzards site...there not.
  10. captaincarrot macrumors newbie


    Sep 24, 2008
    I see Jimmy R has started dying his hair. Well, I guess it's the future...why not?
  11. waiwai macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2009

    beef boy don't know jack. yes your MBP will be able to run it.
  12. phillipsteak macrumors member

    Mar 28, 2008
    ok 8600 gt???? my 9400 can barely handle street fighter 4...

    and beef boy??? wtf does that even mean??? are you some wannabe /b/tard?
  13. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007

    the 8600m gt can destroy the 9400m. Your 9400 is intergrated with shared(read slow) mem and low clock speeds. The 8600m gt and the 9600m gt aren't.....

    Why do you talk such nonsense?
  14. phillipsteak macrumors member

    Mar 28, 2008
    Ok, the 9400 is about 2/3rds of the 8600; therefore, the fact that the 8600 can barely handle such a relatively non-intensive such as street fighter 4 shows that Starcraft 2 (which will MOST LIKELY be graphics intensive) will not be able to run on an 8600 (at least up to my standards)
  15. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2007
    Do you think my ATI Radeon HD 2400 could run it?
  16. chaosbunny macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2005
    down to earth, far away from any clouds
    First, the 9400 is only about 50% as strong as the 8600.

    This picture is from the keynote where they released the unibody macbooks:


    Second, I have played newer games like Fallout 3 and Mirrors Edge on high settings at 1680x1050 on an external screen with my 8600 mbp, I doubt it will have problems with starcraft 2 on maybe medium settings.

    As far as street fighter 4 is concerned, it also depends if it's a good or bad console port. If it's a bad executed port it will have higher requirements. Since starcraft 2 will not come out on any console it will be best optimized for pc hardware.
  17. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    I do GeoQuad rendering on my Macbook Pro and the 8600M GT handles the workload fine. Currently I am running a 250m hi-rez world map (so over 5K tiles 512X512) with 1km DEM which I could not do on a 9400M (tried and failed).

    So really I can't understand why SC2 wouldn't run on a 8600M GT considering how well Blizzard generally supports older chipsets.
  18. waiwai macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2009
    what are your settings for sfiv? i get 40-60 fps (fluctuates) with everything set to high @ 1024x728, with the exception of shadows, and I run "ink" mode, on my unibody MB... gameplay is more than smooth with the exception of ultras, there is some fps loss during those... but yeh...
  19. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    I would hope that a dedicated GPU would be able to run it if the 9600m GT is able to run it.

    I really want this game
  20. CJM macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2005
    Oh I'm so glad I decided to build myself something to play games on.
  21. sinser macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2003
    there's no way that a prev gen mbp won't be able to run SC2. Maybe not at maxed settings, but I'm sure it will run fine.
  22. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    It will run it smoothly around medium to medium-low for certain
  23. MistaBungle macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2005
    I agree with the one person who said that this game is more about the gameplay than the graphics so that is one thing Blizzard will keep in mind. They've always been good about specs. I'm not worried about running it on my 13MBP at all, I know it will.
  24. Joyus macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2009
    I apologise if im about to say something stupid! But is this game going to be like WOW where you have to pay per month or is it like AOE etc where you can play single mode??

    So people think this game will be a good one?
  25. DdMac679 macrumors member


    Jul 25, 2009
    United States
    There is no monthly fee associated with this game and will have both a SP and MP mode.

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