(Video) Gaming on the 2011 MacBook Air i5

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Arcadia310, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. Arcadia310 macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2010

    Hope you guys enjoy. If there's anything specific you'd like to see about the MBA just let me know down below. I'll have an SSD vs. 5400RPM HDD video coming up later and a full review within a day or two.
  2. Astrofox macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2011
    Thanks for the vid :)

    I have the 13" i7 and I've been playing Portal 2 and Starcraft 2 since I got it.

    I must say I'm more than satisfied with its gaming performance. Under OSX the games run really well on medium settings. If you lowered Borderlands down a bit (looked pretty high) it may work out better for you.

    Starcraft is a pretty consistent 40-50 fps, cutscenes run way better than I anticipated too. You're right about it not being a high end gaming machine, but does anyone buy an Air to play Crysis on high?

    I've used this mac for a couple of days, and it's pretty hard to fault it...
  3. BeachChair macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2008
    Copenhagen, Denmark
  4. bchreng macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005
    How well does the i5 model run Starcraft2 in a 3v3 during a large scale (darn near 200 pop) battle? Would having an i7 model make much of a difference then?
  5. Arcadia310 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2010
    I'm no expert on gaming performance but the i7 gets a main boost in the CPU department. Since the game would still rely upon the integrated Intel 3000 graphics card there probably wouldn't be a noticeable increase at all. I'd say the i7 would help most for video editing and other CPU intensive tasks.
  6. Beaverman3001 macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2010
  7. Arcadia310 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2010
    Hmm, it shouldn't be private. :confused:
  8. stevenpa macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2011
  9. SpeedFleX macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2009

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