Windows 7 Gaming Findings - 2011 MBA 11" Ultimate

Maven1975

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Aug 24, 2008
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Disclaimer: I KNOW THIS IS NOT A GAMING LAPTOP!

I was really excited to check out what this new 11" could do in W7 with gaming. I have to regretfully inform you that this new revision is worse than the previous version with games under W7.

The 2010 MBA ultimate would allow me to play Modern Warfare 2 at decent setting fluently. The 2011 is producing half the frame rates the 2010 delivered.

I have W7 set to performance, and the Intel Graphics set to High Performance. It is a real shame that the drivers for W7 suck this bad currently.

Sorry for the bad news.
 

gman901

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Sep 1, 2007
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I appreciate you letting folks know. I was thinking about the upgrade, particularly for the 256 gb option and faster CPU; however I won't take a hit on the gpu. I know the MBA is not a "gaming" machine, but my 2010 11" model suits me well as an incredibly balanced machine for decent gaming on the go as well as using it for work.
 

rabid snake

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Jul 20, 2011
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You install the latest Intel HD3000 drivers for Windows? Or did you use the Bootcamp drivers?

I can run that game just fine under bootcamp, better than my brother's MBP 13" 2010 MBP which has a 320M in it.

Drivers mean everything in Windows, so make sure you're using the latest ones.
 

Maven1975

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Aug 24, 2008
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You install the latest Intel HD3000 drivers for Windows? Or did you use the Bootcamp drivers?

I can run that game just fine under bootcamp, better than my brother's MBP 13" 2010 MBP which has a 320M in it.

Drivers mean everything in Windows, so make sure you're using the latest ones.
I have 8.15.10.2430 6/11/2011. Intels site does not show a newer version.
 

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