Will a MBA 13" Ultimate run Portal 2?

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  1. n8c macrumors member

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    I recently bought a 13" Ultimate MBA and am wondering whether anyone thinks it will be able to run Portal 2 when it comes out later this month, or whether I should hang onto my Early 2008 15" MBP before selling it just to play the game.

    Note that I am not a picky gamer. I just want it to run smoothly at medium (perhaps even low-ish) settings.

    System reqs. from Steam are:

    OS: MAC OS X 10.6.6 or higher
    Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    Memory: 2GB
    Hard Disk Space: At least 7.6 GB of Space
    Video: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or higher

    ...so I guess the question is whether the 320M in the Air is considered as good as or higher than the 8600M?
     
  2. 2IS macrumors 68030

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    It's still based on the Source engine which isn't very intensive at all. I don't see why you wouldn't be able to run the game smoothly, at least under Windows. Not sure how well OSX will run it but it generally does worse in games than Windows.
     
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  4. wisty macrumors regular

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    Resolution may be an issue. The MBA has the same res as a 15" MBP, and a much wimpier video card.
     
  5. n8c thread starter macrumors member

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    I guess I'll run it below native if I have to. Like I said, I just want to make sure I can play the game at all. From reading the 320M v. 8600M threads, it looks like the MBA at least meets the minimum system requirements, right?
     
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    what im trying to say is that from the 8600 GT in the 2008/2007? MBP's to the 320M is not that big of an improvement. But from 9400M from the 2009 MBP its a huge different
     
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    Oh. The OP in that thread was making the case that the 8600 in the MBP was faster than the 320M, which is what the OP in this thread is asking.
     
  9. fs454 macrumors 65816

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    Portal 1 runs perfect on my MBA 11" ultimate, at native res on high settings. 2 should be similar. I hope.
     
  10. Shattentor macrumors member

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    I think it shouldn't be a problem. I run HL2 (Episode 1&2) and Portal 1 on my Macbooks GF 9400m pretty well (though not in the ultra setting) but definitly in the native resolution. The 320m is about 2x faster, so except Valve really pushes the texture resolution with Portal 2 it's gonna run fine, even in your native resolution of 1440x900 (at least in medium settings).

    If you don't own any Source games, try installing the HL2 Demo, it should give you a hint on the performance.
     
  11. johnhalsted macrumors member

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    I think its pretty safe to say that it should run quite nicely on medium settings when running under windows.

    I origionally played portal on my old old macbook pro (2.2ghz c2d, x1600 128mb dedicated 2gb of ram ddr2 667) your processor is practically the same, graphics card although shared will most likely be better do to new tech and the fact that its not ATI (lol ati fail) and the ssd will make it really nippy :)

    Also the ram! macbook air ddr3 !!!

    However personally i think it will be unplayable under osx, my experiance with the origional portal and other games with the steam engine run terrible.

    hope this helps!

    P.S i currently have 13" with 4gb of ram and the origional portal still runs badly!
     
  12. n8c, Apr 7, 2011
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    n8c thread starter macrumors member

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    Really? I have to put my on a lower resolution setting *and* bump the settings down to medium/low in order to get smooth Portal 1 gameplay on my 13" Ultimate. I got it right after the 10.6.7 update came out, though, so maybe that's why?
     
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    I think some benchmarks says that its just about the same and even better. But i dont know about real user experiences.
     
  14. Nachos macrumors member

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    I have Portal 1 set om high and native res. It runs perfectly. No problems at all.
     
  15. n8c thread starter macrumors member

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    Nachos, are you running 10.6.7?
     
  16. Nachos macrumors member

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    Yes i am.
     
  17. n8c thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, I finally had enough, and can confirm that the performance hit was dispensed with by reverting back to 10.6.5. I can now play Portal 1 on high settings at native res. (Thank goodness it's not hardware-related--I just recently bought my MBA and combo updated immediately to 10.6.7!)

    I am installing the incremental updates to 10.6.7, and expect (based on the posts in the 10.6.7 gaming performance thread) that to prevent the hit I was seeing before.
     

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