What games can the macbook handle

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  1. bckcntryski36 macrumors newbie

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    I've done alot of research on the $1299 macbook and i think its the right computer for me but i was wonder what games could it handle. i have halo CoD2, and battlefield 2. and i might be getting some games like wow.
     
  2. iMouse macrumors regular

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    Meh...

    If you're gonna use it for gaming, you are probably better off looking for a refurb MacBook Pro off of the Apple Store site. There's also the iMac with both the Radeon HD 2600 or the GeForce 8800GS which runs WoW at full framerate with everything maxed. I rarely drop below 30fps even in high-traffic areas with the Radeon HD 2600 and 2GB of RAM.

    The Intel GMA X3100 in the MacBook isn't that impressive of a GPU and while Halo may run great (cause the game is like dirt old now), WoW will likely suffer significant framerate loss if the graphics options are set above midgrade.

    Apple has some fantastic deals on refurbs. The refurbs look brand-spankin'-new and perform the same. My iMac is a refurb and if it didn't come in a brown box, I wouldn't have known it was a refurb. Sometimes, Apple also sends a refurb with better specs than what you purchased. My iMac was supposed to ship with a 320GB drive and instead shipped with a 500GB. :D
     
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    The new MacBook that's coming out in a few weeks should have far better integrated graphics. I'd just wait for that.
     
  4. bckcntryski36 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    do you know a date for that? also will it cost the same?
     
  5. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Some time this month or next month. Same price or less.
     
  6. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    ive heard it can handle GTA San Andreas and WoW. the current MacBook's have 144 MB of integrated video RAM which more than my dedicated graphics chip on my MacBook Pro Core Duo which can play decent games from 2007/8.
     
  7. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    VRAM hardly means anything.

    Back when I used a PC, my Dell came bundled with some entry level ATI rubbish which had 128mb of VRAM. I upgraded it to a NVidia card which had 64mb of VRAM and it played games with about double the FPS.
     
  8. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Well, it does mean something. The more the ram the more it can cache, and it's mighty fast and direct ram too.

    And you didn't do enough research :p
    But yea the MB will play most games from and before 2004, as a very rough rule of thumb.
     
  9. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Come on. The tech isn't there in the integrated graphics. That's all, really. Otherwise, the MacBook's integrated graphics would be comparable to 128 MB video cards found in laptops, which clearly isn't true.

    I'm not saying the MacBook's integrated graphics is bad. It's not. However, for gaming, it isn't the best. You can probably play WoW, but not at extreme settings, and not as good as your friends on semi-recent desktops or on laptops with dedicated video cards.

    Wait and buy the new MacBook when it comes out.
     
  10. jmmtn4aj macrumors member

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    Besides the fact that VRAM size has nothing to do with processing power, integrated graphics also tend to share memory with the rest of the computer, meaning it uses your RAM, not dedicated VRAM. Shared memory is MUCH slower in terms of clockspeed and latencies.
     
  11. bckcntryski36 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    1 more question does anyone know which graphics card it will be?
     
  12. hogfaninga macrumors 65816

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    I didn't buy my Macbook for games(no one should), but I have played some intense games on it with no problem at all. The games looked good also on it. Of course the Pro will do better. You also pay hundreds more for it. There is no way anyone can say with certainty if the new Macbook will have a better graphics card or what the price will be.
     
  13. Dagless macrumors Core

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    It's just one of many factors. Usually they don't give weaker cards lots of ram since it won't be running games in such high resolutions to require such a large frame buffer and cache.

    A 1gb video card in a MB isn't going to outpace a 256mb 8800, but similarly a 64mb 8800 would be crippled.
    The MB doesn't need more memory IMO, it just needs built in and more capable. Course it won't be pumping out Crysis and full quality TF2 in the next itteration.
     
  14. mmark macrumors newbie

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    i have the 1299 macbook you're talking about (2.4 c2d, 2g ram) and these are the games that ive played on it so far--

    tf2 - playable, fine (although the framerate might go down a bit if you go into large areas with many people)
    cs 1.6 - works fine
    starcraft and WC3 - fine
    cs:s - fine
    dod:s - fine
    portal - fine, but it doesnt run anymore for some reason
    gmod - fine
    audiosurf - fine.

    all with crossover (6.2 i believe)
     
  15. Amoeba macrumors newbie

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    You were able to play CS source fine? wow thanks! do you think it could handle upcoming games such as Starcraft 2?
     
  16. Jak3 macrumors regular

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    SC2...hard to say...I mean, it's not Crysis, but the graphics in it arn't 2D either...

    I'm just gonna go ahead and say, no. Chances are so slim, telling you there's any possibility would be pretty much a lie...

    No, Starcraft 2 would not be playable on a Macbook...
     
  17. kabunaru Guest

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    Games that run fine on my Core Duo MacBook:

    Halo Demo
    Age of Empires II: Mac Edition
     
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  19. thebeesknees macrumors regular

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    I too am looking at a macbook. Now, I use a white iMac with integrated graphics, and it ran Civ IV and CoD 2 demo great. Does the macbook have the same graphics card, or a better one?
     
  20. kabunaru Guest

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    I assume the iMac has GMA 950 and the current MacBook has GMA X3100 so the MacBook should be better.
     
  21. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The white iMac has a dedicated GPU which is a lot better than the X3100 on the MB.
     
  22. kabunaru Guest

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    Didn't any iMac had any integrated GPU? :confused:
     
  23. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, There were iMacs in one revision with a GMA 950.
     
  24. mmark macrumors newbie

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    yep yep cs:s works fine.
    i would suggest using a at least a external mouse if not a keyboard as well, becuase imo its more comfortable playing with it.

    and uhm, i am going to take a giant guess and say that it can run starcraft 2, because from people's estimations on the internet (too lazy to pull article) and the low spec requirements that blizzard games usually have, the mb should be able to play it at least on low settings, but dont quote me on that.
     
  25. d.baker macrumors newbie

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    The guy asked what games will play not a discussion about the pros and cons of the macbook as a games machine! Doesn't anybody read forum questions anymore!!

    Generally i've found that if your willing to play around with the settings alot of games will run ok apart from anything super intensive.

    By the way I think Starcraft 2 will run fine, Bllizzard usually doesnt give its games over the top graphics, though it probably wont run at the highest settings.
     

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