Upper 15" or 17" for gaming?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shamash, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. shamash macrumors 6502a


    Jul 19, 2008
    Taichung, Taiwan
    I've been reading and talking to people about it, but I can't seem to find a consensus or any good sources/info.

    I honestly do a lot of gaming on my MBP. Mostly WoW, Dragon Age, Dragon Age 2 soon, but still. I hear that the 15" with standard resolution is the best, because the lower resolution you have, the higher the FPS will be.

    But, can't I just set my resolution lower on the 17" and have it be the same thing? I feel like it might be better to get the 17" just because its so huge haha, would be perfect for movies and gaming I think, plus the better sound system.

    Please help figure this out :p
  2. ZZANG macrumors regular


    Feb 25, 2011
    Planet Cybertron
    Nobody can decide, but yourself. I mean that in the nicest way bro. 15" was perfect for me for traveling and on the go. Anytime I need a larger screen - plug in the external monitor. :D
  3. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    the 17" was always too big for me, so the 15" seems the perfect option - i think you should go that too!
  4. teflonsheep macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2011
    The 17" is only 1 lb heavier, 1 inch wider than the 15" and for that you get a larger screen with a higher resolution for $250.

    That was my reasoning for getting a 17". Had the 15" been more like $500 cheaper, i would have stuck with it i think.
  5. Adidas Addict macrumors 65816

    Adidas Addict

    Sep 9, 2008
  6. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    the 17" has always been the way to go for me, you can always just lower the resolution, and its awesome for watching movies
  7. Derango macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2011
    Yeah, you can always lower the resolution on the 17" and it'll perform the same, but....it will also affect image quality. Running at a non native resolution will always result in a blurrier image on a LCD. If you can deal with that...go for it. If not, get a lower resolution.
  8. Tconroy135 macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2011
    Here is the thing, the 15" high end has the same internals as the 17", so the only upgrade is the screen size and resolution.

    The extra resolution though on such a small screen is not going to increase quality that much. And because the resolution is lower on the 15" the GPU is gonna be able to pop out more FPS for you.
  9. neal.young macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Irvine, California
    You're right that you could just decrease the resolution on the 17'', and get better performance, but it wouldn't look nearly as good because the resolution wouldn't match the native resolution of the LCD. If I were you, I would get a maxed-out 15'' with the high-res matte display. You'd get better performance than the 17'', due to the lower resolution screen on the same hardware, and more portability for a lower price.
  10. HBOC macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2008
    NBA 2K11 plays perfectly on my MBP. My early 08' couldn't render it, but I used VMWare, which probably isn't a fair comparison.
  11. C01E macrumors member


    Jan 25, 2009
    I got the 15" because I find that 17" notebooks take up too much space for that tiny extra amount of screen size. (plus, No tenkey on macbook pros, so why bother...)

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