Want to game on MBP(SW:TOR):Can they handle it?

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  1. NateEssex macrumors 6502

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    I want to run Boot Camp and play Star Wars:The Old Republic. I'm either going to get a MBP or a PC laptop. I would prefer a MBP, but I want to make sure the current models can handle graphics intensive games.

    Anyone have any first hand experience? I would appreciate the input and what the computer cost you. I do have a friend who has a 13" MBP who claims he can run Batman Arkham City with no problems, but I'm not sure that's a fair comparison to SW:TOR. Thanks!
     
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  3. NateEssex thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I actually have a 4 year old MBP and I'm looking for a better gaming experience--more than 10 fps on lowest settings--when in battlegrounds. Sadly, it drops to 2 fps at times. I don't really think the specs they "require" are accurate.
     
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    Are you playing in Windows or Mac OS (is there even a version for Mac)? Your GPU is probably the limiting factor for this game.

    Either way, the current MBPs are serious overkill for that game, you'll have no issues at all.
     
  5. NateEssex thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, it's PC only. So, will the 13" MBP play It, and current games fine? Or, do I need the 15" MBP with dedicated video card?
     
  6. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    The 15'' only.

    I don't think the 13'' will be much better than the 4 years old MBP.
     
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    According to the specs, the 13" should do it, but you'll get far better performance with the 15", even the base model.
     
  8. sth macrumors 6502a

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    The 13" will not be able to get decent framerates.

    Even my 2010 17" MBP struggles from time to time at 1280x800 with lowest settings. This is with a GeForce 330M, a much faster graphics chip than what is in the current 13" MacBook Pro.

    On the other hand, the current 15" and 17" models have way faster graphics chips than the 2010 generation, so you should be fine with a 2011 15" MBP.
     
  9. NateEssex thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So, I'm guessing the 1gig video card upgrade is worth it? Damn, then it gets so pricey... I was considering a PC, but I've never had much luck with them :(
     
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    sth macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know what the performance difference between the 6750M and the 6770M is, but both are a lot faster than my "old" 330M (and insanely fast compared to the cruddy Intel chip in the 13" model).

    [edit]: Looks like the 6770M upgrade won't make a big difference in speed (same chip, just slightly different clock speeds and the difference in VRAM). If I was in the market for a new notebook right now, I'd just get the base 15" model. I wouldn't consider 1gb VRAM a "must have".
     
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    You could build a gaming desktop for $1000. Or look into Alienware laptops.

    If gaming is not the main purpose of the MBP, the low end 15'' model will be just fine.
     

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