I shall give you both an idea. I just got the Macbook Air and that's the game I'm about to install on it.Me too! I really want to know how the new 13" MBA, base or high end, performs when running SC2.... I haven't heard the best things about the intel 3000
I'm sticking with Lion. It's what came on the Air of course!Many thanks Paul, sure plenty of others are waiting to hear SC2 impressions before pulling the trigger! Are you installing in Lion or Win7?
thanks man. I've been refreshing every little bit, waiting for your endorsement before I pull the trigger. Yeah, it might be a lame reason NOT to upgrade to a new computer, but my MBP plays SC2 great, and if a new MBA doesn't...I'll be thinking twice about getting an air.I'm sticking with Lion. It's what came on the Air of course!
I won't need Windows 7 on this device anyway. It would take up 15-ish GB of space, plus extra for whatever I want to partition on top of that. Really don't want to do that. I'm not too familiar with running W7 on a Mac (whether it's just a matter of formatting two partitions, or whether bootcamp must be used, or what)... but ya... the long and short of it: Just OS X Lion.
I'm installing now. I've been fooling around with some things getting familiar with the OS since I've never used a Mac before (except many years ago when it looked more like an upside-down Windows 95, or whatever the first GUI-based Windows was just after DOS). Lol.
I'm having a ton of fun with the voice recognition. It hears whispers even, and works accurately. I'm trying to get it to work with maximizing windows (not sure how), and other stuff. I'm enjoying it.
ANYWAYS! Back on topic: I shall get back to this thread with the SC2 results asap. Might take a bit I don't really know, but I'll do it as soon as I can (in the next hour or so, or less).
I try not to take gaming too seriously, however I am at a high-diamond level of play when I do play seriously. APM can reach 300 in-game, however that's just in battles. So I am very wary of any lag/unplayability. I'm a tad bit forgiving of certain things... but only things that don't detract from what I consider to be smooth playability.I appreciate the filling-us-in Paul. It might also help if you let us know what your rank level is in SC2 as well ... for instance if you are a serious player and are in master league.
Looking forward to. Cheers Paul!Just finishing up installing now. I had difficulties setting up my external disc drive with my Macbook so it took a while to get it all together. Almost ready to test things out. It'll just take 5 minutes of 1v1 play and 5 minutes of a team-play game to give a general idea... errr... after I've found the "ideal" settings.
Here's to hoping the i5 1.6GHz doesn't suck! Lol
you can just google it....Any recommendations on a program that is like HWMonitor for the PC that will keep track of my maximum temperature? I want to keep track of my temps while gaming.
i'm in your boat too...lets hope this isn't the case...wanted a Macbook for the longest time. Was hoping that the March MBP would resembles more like an Air, gd processor, gd graphics, SSD and without the size and weight of the DVD drive and the harddrive.
Now the Macbook Air. Seems to be great all around. Other than for playing Starcraft 2!!! If this thing can't play SC2 on native res in Med graphics... I think I am going to be in for a long wait for the next MBP...
How about L4D 1/2? Could you include frame rate ranges?I currently own the Ultimate 13" 2010 Air. This coped (mostly) fine with SC2 with low shaders, and medium settings for most other things. If the SB/HD3000 can match this, I am sold.
Portal/Portal 2/HL2 could all be played on near highest. Once again, if the SB/HD3000 matches this I am planning on upgrading. All I want is for the HD3000 to not be a significant backward step! The upgrade in processing power for daily tasks is much needed, but I don't want it to be at the sacrifice of anything else!
How would I go about capping the framerate? Is there actually a feature in-game for this? Or is this something on the Mac that I don't know about?Thanks for testing Paul, it doesn't sound bad to me, but I'm a fairly casual player. I'm not surprised the fans get really loud, that's happened on almost any 3D game I've run on any MacBook, going back years. Might be worth a try to cap the frame rate at something reasonable like 25-30, that might even out frame rate spikes and bring the fans down a bit.
1. Quit the game (otherwise it will overwrite your edits when it quits).How would I go about capping the framerate? Is there actually a feature in-game for this? Or is this something on the Mac that I don't know about?
I was actually planning my on doing the same thing. I mean, if it helps sell the product why not?Anyone know if it's possible to install SC2 on one of those machines at the Apple Store? Don't see why it ain't a fair test for the demo machines...?
Problem is there's no telling if they will for surely drop the Optical drive and remove HDD drive space on the coming MBP. I don't want to end up waiting for nothing either.i'm in your boat too...lets hope this isn't the case...
i'm really liking the air....but if no SC2 quality, i'll just have to wait...
Let me know if you managed to do that! I'll see if it's possible to do the same. Maybe plug in a pre-downloaded USB stick?I was actually planning my on doing the same thing. I mean, if it helps sell the product why not?
I was going to just download it from battle.net at te apple store and try to install it and run it that way. The only thing I'm seeing as a barrier is needing an admin password during installation. I guess I could just ask them to type it in for me...