Ultra Settings WoW in MBP 15"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ninjaboi21, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. ninjaboi21 macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2010
    Hey MacRumors,

    was just curios about this, and wondered: how much power does a MBP have to have if it should be playable to play WoW in ultra settings?
    What graphic card is required, what processor is required?
    Does WoW run better on Mac Snow Leopard or Windows 7?

    I am aware that the current MBP can't play it on ultra yet, but we are about to see a new one MBP soon (I really hope so tho) and was wondering if it could handle WoW on ultra settings (I am aware noone knows yet, I am not asking).

    How high settings is the MBP able to pull now? Medium? High?

    Thank you very much.
  2. raep macrumors member


    Oct 20, 2010
    I also would like to know this. I can run WoW on medium in my 2009 13 inch MBP.
  3. Nick A macrumors regular

    May 10, 2009
    I run WoW on everything Ultra except for view distance and shadow quality and get 25-30fps in Stormwind and around 40-60fps anywhere else.

    PS. It's a 13in 2010 MBP Nvidia 320m, basically the stock 13in out right now.
  4. Shockre macrumors member

    Apr 4, 2009
    can you tell exact settings u r using? or post a screenshot of them if you dont want to write them? because i'm running everything on good, shadows on fair, trilinear, sunshafts on low etc etc and have 10-20 fps in ogrimmar and +-50 else. playing on win or osx?
  5. Nick A macrumors regular

    May 10, 2009
    Here ya go, and OSX.

  6. Nick A macrumors regular

    May 10, 2009
    Here ya go, and OSX.


    Sorry for double post..
  7. ninjaboi21 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2010
    Seems like we are able to pull off ultra if the next MBP is going to have an improved GPU, something like 550M or the new 6xxx series. Can't freakin' wait for it...

    See you are playing in 1280x800, how is it to play on 1680x1050?
    My Mac Mini from early 2007 with 8600M and 4GB RAM is able to do Low on 1680x1050, what would you say is possible with the current MBP?
  8. Nick A macrumors regular

    May 10, 2009
    Well the 13in resolution is 1280x800 so it's running on native. It's hard to say what it would be able to do on a higher-res screen since I haven't tried it yet.
  9. altecXP macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009
    Recomended setting on the WoW forums:

    Mid 2010 Core i5/i7 Macbook Pro with 256MB or 512MB nVidia GT330M Graphics Card

    Graphics > Display

    Multisampling: 1x
    Vertical Sync: Disabled

    Graphics > Graphics

    Graphics Slider: Good
    Texture Resolution: High
    Texture Filtering: 4x
    Projected Textures: Enabled
    View Distance: Good
    Environmental Detail: Good
    Ground Clutter: Good
    Shadow Quality: Good
    Liquid Detail: Fair
    Sunshafts: Low
    Particle Density: Good


    Triple Buffering; Disabled
    Reduce Input Lag: Disabled
    Hardware Cursor: Enabled

    Notes: Expect 45-50fps. Gets hot if FPS is not capped. Recommend 40fps.
  10. Fynd macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2010
    ^ I run the above, as per WoW official forums. I have the 1680x1050 display, though, and under OS X 45-50 fps is a rarity. Capped to 40, i usually see 30fps on my indicator.

    Notably higher under windows.
  11. diamond.g macrumors 603


    Mar 20, 2007
    Can you change the renderer to opengl in windows and see if the results are still notably higher?
  12. nonameowns macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2010
    graphics is not important. Medium is the ideal graphic level.

    fps cap to 30, not 40 for heat control (unless you wanna cook eggs) since our eyes cant see more than 30 fps.
  13. vipergts2207 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2009
    Columbus, OH
    I would imagine that the next MBP's will handle WoW at ultra settings pretty well. The current ones don't do a half bad job, but as you can see here, the FPS does drop below 20 fps occasionally.


    I would imagine the next MBP's will see a nvidia 425m, 525m or the equivalent ati 6000 series chip.

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