Thunderbolt Display + Gaming on Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Melankolic, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. Melankolic macrumors newbie

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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm considering picking up a Thunderbolt Display for my Macbook Air; and I was wondering how well the Air manages with gaming on a Thunderbolt display?

    If the game runs well on the Air, will it be a smooth transmission over to the thunderbolt display and run just as good? Or does generating a higher resolution and 'transmitting' constant data put an added strain on the Air?

    Hopefully someone with experaince can help me here as I've done a few web searches etc and can't find any example/reviews of gaming on an air with a thunderbolt display (only general reviews).

    Thanks in advance and for reading.
     
  2. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    Higher the resolution the harder it is. Do not really think about gaming on the Air at native res, let alone TBD res.
     
  3. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    You will probably have to close the MBA screen so its only rendering 1 screen, but it should be fine. I played Portal 2 on my MBA on a second display at 1280x720 and it ran fine. I wouldn't recommend trying to play at 1920x1080 or 2560x1440....as it probably won't be able to push that hard.

    I play games on the native display at 1280x720, you don't notice any loss in quality and it runs a lot better than native.
     
  4. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020

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    I play Starcraft 2 on a 1920x1200 display at low-medium settings.
     
  5. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    Older, less intensive games should run just fine at full res.
     

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